Residential Studio Proposal Is Delayed; PDC Drafts Letter for County

Confronted by growing community concern, the Board of Supervisors has pushed back its schedule for considering a plan to allow Residential Studio Units as a tool for creating affordable housing for lower-income residents.

The Providence District Council, which devoted its Sept. 17 meeting to the RSU proposal, has drafted a letter for the Board of Supervisors based on concerns expressed by those attending the PDC discussion.

The draft PDC letter is available by clicking here.

Citing concerns that apartment buildings could be built in many low-density residential communities, the letter supports resolutions by the Mason District Council and the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations seeking to limit the proposal. All three groups are saying that residential studio units should be built only in land already zoned for multi-family housing. Other civic groups also are studying the RSU plan.

On Sept. 24, the Board of Supervisors asked the Planning Commission to do a more in-depth review of the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. Under a new schedule unveiled by the Planning Commission, meetings by a special commission study committee will be held in the following dates and locations.

  • October 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center;
  • November 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 106/107 Herrity Building;
  • December 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center;
  • January 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 4/5 Government Center;
  • January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Conference Rooms 2/3 Government Center.

Questions and comments can be submitted through the Planning Commission’s email,

A Planning Commission public hearing, originally set for November, now is tentatively set for late February.

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