Municipal and Religious Overlay District Moves to Subcommittee
Posted on August 13th at 9:13pm.
On August 1st, Salem City Council voted 9-1 to move the Municipal and Religious Overlay District to the Ordinance, Licenses, and Legal Affairs subcommittee. This is a large step forward for the proposal, which had previously failed first passage and then failed immediate reconsideration.
To move the ordinance forward, an amendment was attached that mandated at least 10% of developed units to be affordable housing at 80% area median income. Three of the buildings that would fall under this overlay have proposals contingent on the passage of the ordinance. Each already meets or exceeds the 10% requirement and Mayor Driscoll noted it “should not pose a problem.”
Next for the ordinance is passage through the Ordinance, Licenses, and Legal Affairs subcommittee. The meeting date scheduled for the ordinance is September 5th. If it passes through subcommittee final passage would need to be done by September 15th.
You can read more about the August 1st meeting here.