Neighborhoods with access to water and sewer often coexist with access to other infrastructures (e.g., walking distance to services, public transit) that together can reduce the cost of living. However, due to the desirability of these neighborhoods, they can often become unaffordable to residents of lower incomes. To advance equitable access across incomes, municipalities might consider an “Inclusionary Hookup”, including:
- Consider a reduction in hook-up fees for affordable housing developments.
- Encourage a density bonus for new affordable homes that hook up to municipal water and sewer infrastructure.