Linkage tools are an important vehicle for generating affordable housing dollars in a local jurisdiction. These programs result in few "hard costs" for jurisdictions beyond the costs of administering the program, which are relatively low. The majority of programs channel fees into existing affordable housing programs.
The majority of programs require a one-time fee of developers. Developers may argue that linkage programs create an unfair cost burden and will halt economic growth. However, it is important to remember that developers benefit in numerous ways from public infrastructure and services, and therefore, should contribute to the community.