Utah lawmakers advance housing helps, but will they run out of time?

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One of the Utah Legislature’s most significant efforts to ease a worsening statewide housing shortage got its start Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with four days left in the 2021 session.

SB164 ratchets up requirements on cities to have detailed plans for encouraging the building of more moderately priced homes in their boundaries and would create a new inventory of existing housing units in heavily populated counties, part a system the bill creates for cities to donate land for housing.

Sponsoring Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, said SB164 had been the subject of intense talks involving city leaders, homebuilders and others in the real estate sector — and had been stripped of a controversial attempt to limit cities’ use of inclusionary zoning, where they require affordable homes be included in new residential developments.

“There’s no way we’re going to get that done in the next four days,” Anderegg said Tuesday of that provision during the bill’s first airing of the session. The idea will instead be studied at least until lawmakers convene again, he said.

SB164 and two other housing-related measures — one allowing basement apartments in most residential zones statewide and another freeing homebuilders from a range of city construction standards — now race toward passage in advance of Friday’s end of the 45-day session.

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