A plan to encourage construction in Sacramento County could make affordable housing harder to find.

The Board of Supervisors has relaxed the county's affordable housing requirements to make things a little easier on developers.

A previous requirement that builders set aside 15% of new projects for low-income units has been lowered to 10%, and there's also now an option to just pay a fee and get out of that mandate entirely.

Industry representatives say they need as much help as they can get coming out of the recession -- the fewer regulations, the better.

Advocates for low-income homeowners, though, say this will only lead to more people living in substandard housing that may be too far from their jobs or schools -- exactly the opposite of what they've been trying to encourage all these years.