COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

                                                      EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

CPA 03-03, Affordable Housing Policy

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public Hearing on a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment to include in the Plan the Affordable Housing Policy developed by the County’s Affordable Housing Committee

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, White, Cilimberg, Benish,

 

AGENDA DATE:                     ITEM NUMBER:

February 4, 2004

 

 ACTION:           X                   INFORMATION:  

 

CONSENT AGENDA:         

     ACTION:                             INFORMATION:

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The County’s Affordable Housing Committee developed the proposed Housing Policy.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on this amendment on October 28, 2003.  The Commission recommended approval of the Housing Policy and the proposed text amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  The Board held a work session to review the amendment on January 7, 2004 and recommended moving forward to public hearing on this amendment to receive public comment. This amendment is considered an important implementation step of the Neighborhood Model.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

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.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

One modification has been made to the proposed amendment based on the Board’s discussion from the prior work session.   Additional language was added to the strategy that recommends that 15 percent of units in developments be affordable.  This strategy now reads as follows:

 

Set specific targets for the development of affordable units for low-and moderate-income families with sufficient flexibility to allow for negotiation based on the development’s size, location, timeline, and nature of surrounding area.  At a minimum, 15% of all units developed under rezoning and special use permits should be affordable as defined by the County’s Office of Housing and Housing Committee or a comparable contribution should be made to achieve the affordable housing goals of the County

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends approval of CPA 03-03, the proposed Affordable Housing Policy and related text amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.

 

Attachments:

A—Affordable Housing Policy and Amendments to Land Use Plan Text

B—Additional Text Amendments to the Land Use Plan

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