ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council will consider a series of proposals that it hopes will offer some relief from the worsening affordable housing crisis.

Councilors Sarah Austin and Nate Davis acknowledged that these steps would help but are not a panacea for the challenges that the community is experiencing.

One of the proposals that will be discussed at the City Council’s agenda-setting meeting Sept. 8 is an “inclusionary” zoning ordinance. This ordinance would require developers of larger residential developments to set aside a certain percentage as affordable based on the median income of the community.

Davis said they may not be many large housing developments in Rockland but when they do come about, this would assure that some will be affordable.

“They won’t be just fancy condos,” Davis said.

He said the city wants to get ahead of any developments. He mentioned the effort to sell three large separate parcels on the North End waterfront — where Steel Pro, North End Shipyard and Schooner Wharf are located — as a potential development that would be regulated by such an ordinance.

Combined, those properties have nearly nine acres, 2,100 feet of shore frontage and 690 feet of frontage on Route 1.

Austin and Davis are also proposing the creation of an an affordable housing land trust. Under such a proposal, a private, non-profit organization separate from the city would be created. That trust would then acquire land and manage the property with the stipulation that the housing is affordable.

“This would be a bulwark against gentrification, a small bulwark but a bulwark,” Davis said.

Austin and Davis want to place a bond issue on the ballot to provide seed funding for such a land trust. The deadline to get an item on the November ballot is too close so the next opportunity will be in June when party primaries, the school budget and any state referendums are held.

The city could turn over tax-acquired housing to the trust, the councilors noted.

Austin said these steps are additional tools to be placed in the tool box to deal with the housing crisis.

“None of these are a magic bullet,” Austin said.

She said the aim is to have the combination of actions slow the gentrification of Rockland.

Davis agreed it would be challenging.

“We’re fighting against the tide of market forces,” he said.

Davis said he and Councilor Ben Dorr also wanted to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot to ask city residents whether they would amend zoning ordinances to allow for more efficient size homes.

Davis said current zoning is ridiculous. The City Council had to negotiate a contract zone with Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity, he noted, to allow the Philbrook Avenue housing project to go ahead, but the homes were smaller than what zoning allows.

The contract zone was needed because the 12 lots did not meet the road frontage requirement of 80 feet per parcel, nor would each home meet the 750-square-foot minimum house size. Davis noted that there are apartments of 250 square feet allowed in the downtown zone.