The evaluation system used in the RDCS process benefits projects that are able to receive the greatest “points”. In order to provide fairness in the competition, categories have been established in which projects are placed in and compared amongst. Categories can include the following (the City Council has the discretion to add or remove categories for each competition):
- Micro – Projects consisting of a maximum of 6 units (The project also must represent the ultimate or finite development potential of the site)
- Small – Projects consisting between 7 to 15 units (The project also must represent the ultimate or finite development potential of the site)
- Open Market – Projects consisting more than 15 units
- Senior Housing - Projects of any housing type for persons 55 years and older and as defined in Section 18.04.393 of the Municipal Code
- Small Vertical Mixed Use - Maximum of 15 dwelling units with a mix of ground floor retail or office and residential use allowed in mixed use districts typically in the Downtown, or other districts such as the CC-R or CL-R zoning districts.
- Multi-Family Rental - A development of any size providing market rate rental housing, typically apartments.
In addition to the competition categories, allotments are also given to ongoing projects. Ongoing projects are those projects that were awarded building allotments in previous competitions, however, were not fully allocated to complete the project. Ongoing projects can receive up 15 allotments (depending on available allotments) without submitting a new application. Please see the Council's Residential Development Control System Implementation Policies for complete category definitions.