For more than two decades the city of San Diego’s been charging people who build new commercial buildings — offices, warehouses, hotels, malls, etc. — a fee that it uses to build subsidizes housing units.
It’s officially called a “linkage fee” — because it’s based on the “link” between the demand for subsidized housing created by low-wage jobs that typically take place in those buildings — but we’ve decided to call it the affordable housing fee to give a better sense of what it actually does.
The City Council will vote Monday on whether to raise the affordable housing fee. Between Council members who’ve previously supported an increase, and new Council members who said they support an increase while campaigning, the proposal seems to have enough votes to pass on a party-line split, with the five Democrats in support.
Here’s everything you need to know about the affordable housing fee dispute ahead of its Monday vote.