COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Regional Action Agenda for Housing

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adoption of Resolution of Support of the Regional Action Agenda for Housing

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

September 3, 2008

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

On March 13, 2008, approximately one hundred and fifty interested individuals attended the Regional Housing Conference: “Finding Common Ground”.  Attendees included representatives from each local government in Planning District 10, builders, developers, lenders, advocates, and citizens as well as representatives from nonprofit agencies and faith-based organizations.  The conference included both plenary and breakout sessions that generated a number of ideas for action in the region. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Objective 1.2: By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

Over the past several months, the planning group for the conference and the Regional Housing Directors Council developed and adopted an action plan (Attachment A) using ideas from conference attendees.  The goal in developing this action plan was to put forth realistic ideas for actions to address unmet housing needs within the region.  The members of the planning group and the Directors Council recognize that, although housing issues are regional, the successful implementation of an action plan would require different options so that each locality could choose the actions that are appropriate for its locality.

 

On July 17, 2008, the Planning District Commissioners adopted a Resolution in Support of the Regional Action Agenda for Housing (Attachment B) encouraging each of the localities in Planning District 10 to identify at least one specific item from the action agenda to undertake or implement.  On October 30, 2008, the conference planners will hold a follow-up conference “Finding Common Ground: Call to Action” at which time each locality will report on what it is currently doing with regard to affordable housing and will identify at least one additional action to undertake from the action agenda.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no budget impact associated with the adoption of the Resolution of Support.  The implementation of actions identified may have future budget impacts.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached Resolution of Support (Attachment C) and provide guidance to staff on any specific item that members may want to undertake.  Staff also encourages members of the Board and all interested parties to attend the conference planned for October 30, 2008.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Regional Action Plan

B - PDC Commissioner’s Resolution

C - Resolution of Support

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