CPA 03-03, Affordable Housing Policy
Work Session on a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment to include in the Plan the Affordable Housing Policy developed by the County’s Affordable Housing Committee
Messrs. White, Cilimberg, Benish,
AGENDA DATE: ITEM NUMBER:
ACTION: INFORMATION: X
The “Preface” of the proposed Housing Policy provides a good background, and is included below:
With the adoption of
the Neighborhood Model by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the
charge given to address the inclusion of affordable housing in future
developments, the Albemarle County Housing Committee created a Housing Policy Subcommittee to draft an
affordable housing policy. The
subcommittee, staffed by the County’s Chief of Housing, drafted an outline of
options to be considered in developing the policy. In December 2002, the Housing Committee and
Office of Housing convened three focus groups consisting of housing providers
(nonprofits, lenders, realtors), developers, and
neighborhood representatives to discuss the needs, issues, and recommendations
regarding affordable housing and public policy.
The result of this work and input is the following proposal offered as
an affordable housing policy for
Some previous work
had been done leading up to the development of the policy. The Housing Committee and Board of
Supervisors first defined affordable housing in July and September of 1998,
respectively. The definition proposed in
this policy maintains the intent of the previously-adopted general
definition. The Board, at the request of
the Housing Committee, adopted a Resolution
of Intent to Amend the Comprehensive Plan in November 2002. Finally, although not required for the
adoption of this policy, the Board approved a request by staff to seek
This amendment is considered an important implementation step of the Neighborhood Model.
GOAL: 3.3 - Promote a variety of safe, sanitary and affordable housing types.
OBJECTIVE 3.3.2 – By December 2003, the County will develop policies and ongoing programs that increase affordable home ownership options for households with incomes below 80% of median income.
Attachment A is the recommended Housing Policy, which is proposed to be included in the Comprehensive Plan as a separate, stand alone new section like the Economic Development Policy). Attachment B is additional text amendments to the Land Use Plan section of the Comprehensive Plan. Both Attachments A and B constitute the proposed amendment.
One of the key elements of the proposed policy is the strategy that establishes the desired minimum amount of affordable housing units that should be provided within development proposals. This strategy suggests that a minimum 15 percent of all units developed should be affordable housing units as defined by the County Housing Office and Housing Committee. This strategy will provide guidance to staff in the review of development projects, particularly rezonings and special use permits. The Housing Committee is not recommending that a certain development size be established below which this strategy should not be applied. The Committee is recommending that all developments, regardless of size, be subject to review under this strategy.
The review of the Housing Committee’s proposed policy has gone through the following steps:
· Planning Commission held first work session to discuss on August 19, 2003, and directed staff to set public hearing and schedule one final Focused Group Discussion with interested parties to answer questions and receive comments prior to the public hearing (a Focused Group Discussion process was used by the Housing Committee to help in the formulation of the Policy);
Focused Group Discussion was held
PC public hearing was held on
· The Housing Committee met on November 20th to review the status of the Housing Policy CPA including the Planning Commission's review and the comments received from the Focused Group Discussion. The Committee discussed the Focus Group comments and the Commission’s comments and action. The Housing Committee suggested no changes to the proposed policy at this time. The Committee viewed many of the comments as items that will need to be discussed and formulated as a part of implementation and would be more detail than desired in a policy statement.
The Housing Committee also understands that the policy could come back to the Committee after the Board’s work session for further discussion/revision. Representatives from the Housing Committee will be available at the Board’s work session.
No action is required at this work session. Ultimately a public hearing will need to be set before adoption of the Housing Policy CPA.