WHEREAS, there is a shortage of affordable housing in Albemarle County; and


            WHEREAS, in order to establish meaningful strategies to address the shortage of affordable housing, the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan (the “Comprehensive Plan”) recommends that the existing density bonus program available in the residential zoning districts be examined to determine why the program has not been significantly used; and


            WHEREAS, a County study found that the existing density bonus program has not been significantly used because few, if any, development proposals seek more residential density than would be allowed by right, a developer seeking the 30% density bonus under the program would have to provide all of the bonus dwelling units as affordable housing, and the current regulations do not preserve the affordability of the units; and


WHEREAS, it is desired to amend the Albemarle County Zoning Ordinance to encourage affordable housing by providing revised density bonuses when affordable housing is proposed, and to make other changes that would encourage developers to participate in the density bonus program.


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT for purposes of public necessity, convenience, general welfare and good zoning practices, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby adopts a resolution of intent to amend section 2.4, entitled “Intent of the Bonus Factor Provisions,” sections 12.4.3, 13.4.3, 14.4.3, 15.4.3, 16.4.3, 17.4.3 and 18.4.3, each entitled “Low and Moderate Cost Housing,” and any other regulations of the Zoning Ordinance deemed appropriate to achieve the purposes described herein.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing on the zoning text amendment proposed by this resolution of intent, and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, at the earliest possible date.


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