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Strategic Plan on County Housing To Be Discussed in Community Meeting

by RestonNow.com — April 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm 22 Comments

A community meeting is scheduled for later this month at South Lakes High School to discuss the formation of a countywide strategic housing plan.

The goals of the plan, according to Fairfax County, include:

  • To create a shared community vision of how housing supports local economic growth and community sustainability
  • To quantify the housing needed to sensibly accommodate future growth
  • To develop specific, measurable and actionable strategies for meeting countywide housing goals
  • To identify the program and policies, and specific funding sources, that will be required to address housing needs in 5, 10, and 15 years

The plan will be led by the county’s Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will oversee it. The community meeting at SLHS this month is part of a communication plan by HCD to “engage residents and stakeholders throughout the entire process.”

The stated goal of the HCD is to complete the strategic plan by December and implement it in 2018.

The meeting will be held Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall at the high school (11400 South Lakes Drive).

  • Mike M

    The County would do well to stay out of the housing business. Another whole area ripe for budget cutting.

    • Umust B Kidding

      Silly boy! They’ve been in the housing business, specifically the affordable housing business for years, maybe decades already. And, in Reston, we have several high-rise developments committed to lower income housing–part of Reston’s vision even–as well as the county-owned apartment property at Lake Anne and elsewhere.

      That said, rather than lower the value of new property development with their 20% affordable housing policy requirement, the Board just lowered its standard to 14%. More profits for developers, more tax revenues for the Board to spend. Another “win” for everyone except the people of Fairfax County.

      But you won’t hear that discussed at this strategy session. This will be all rainbows and lollipops.

    • Jenny Gibbers

      Idealistic,,,

      • Mike M

        Because?

        • Jenny Gibbers

          Because you are on the extreme other side of “rainbow and lollip0ps”

          So basically the marginalized few that hold our country hostage at important junctures of the governing process, the o.oo1%

          Just a guess of course, and as usual i m probsbly wrong (again)

          • Mike M

            Read Greg’s post.

          • Jenny Gibbers

            I did, and its a realistic assessment of whats wrong. However,

            1. Real estate prices in our area are off the charts and although not sustainable make it impossible for some to live/work here

            2. Rather than relying on the gov there should be tax breaks given to those who offer shelter to the unfortunate few. So instead of renting out my $1600/mth basement and instead give shelter to a single parent with child i should be able to offset my income (crude example)

            Instead the gov holds a monopoly supporting the under class so in effect creating what appears to be a caste system!

            Although cutting budgets is a good option, its not the only option and should not be.

            My .02

          • Mike M

            1. They don’t have to live here and subsidies actually make their plight worse.
            2. There are tax breaks for those playing the game and they cause more trouble than their tiny taxes pay for.

    • Greg

      Yes, it would. All of the thousands of units the county owns pay $0 in taxes and only 50 percent or less of the RA assessments. If those units were sold, they would generate immediate cash for the always-broke county, ongoing tax revenues and, best of all, get rid of a dysfunctional and incompetent county bureaucracy — the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Get rid of Hudgins first

    • Greg

      Today, there are more people in subsidized housing units in Fairfax County than in the entire Town of Vienna. There are also more people in County subsidized housing than in 15 cities, 39 counties, and 186 towns in Virginia.

      From 2004-2013 the number of units owned by the Redevelopment and Housing Authority has increased 43% (2,626 to 3,758). As a result the Fairfax County government is the largest landlord in the County.

      From 2005-2013 the proportion of subsidized housing units to non-subsidized
      housing units increased by 32%. In other words, the volume of subsidized
      housing units is growing much quicker than the volume of non-subsidized
      housing units.

      From 2007-2013 the percentage of the population living in subsidized housing units increased by 25% (14,908-18,649). Simply put, in the last 5 years the number of people in subsidized housing grew 150% faster than our overall population.

      These numbers do not include any of the recently approved additions to these numbers – a 20% (now 14%) rent-controlled housing requirement in Tysons along with a $3 per square foot non-residential contribution to subsidized housing, the mandate for 80% of all RSUs to be rent-controlled as discussed below, the Residences at the Government Center, and many other projects in the works. While I firmly believe in and support projects that provide housing for those that cannot provide for themselves – the disabled, the homeless, the elderly – I do not and cannot support subsidized rent-controlled housing for people that have reasonably viable housing options. As you can tell from the statistics above, the growth in subsidized rent-controlled housing in Fairfax County has been staggering over the last several years. There is no answer when I ask – how much is enough?

      • Mike M

        Disgusting!

        • You are fake news!

          You were never an HOA prez

          • Mike M

            Yes. I was. And your source? Upon what can you possibly base your statement? And you call me fake?

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    • Umust B Kidding

      SPAM!

  • 30yearsinreston

    Convert the Lake House to a homeless shelter

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