On Tuesday, dozens of supporters and opponents attended the City Council meeting to voice their opinion.
Supporters of the proposal said a change could create more affordable housing, others argued it will drive up home prices.
“The affordable housing stalk in San Diego is very low and the need is very high and we see it every day, and I think it’s the biggest problem facing san Diego,” said Colin Rice, an affordable housing developer.
The policy update was proposed by Council President Georgette Gomez. She and councilmembers Bry, Campbell, Ward, and Montgomery voted yes. Councilmembers Kersey, Cate, Sherman, and Moreno voted no.
Gomez said updating the housing requirements and increasing its fees will help create more long-term affordable apartments throughout the city.
The change will also require developers to build affordable housing units as part of any new housing developments. Otherwise, developers would have to pay a fee or donate land for subsidized housing.