County Scales Back Low-Cost Housing Proposal

In the wake of widespread community concerns, including those expressed by the Providence District Council, a planning commissioner has announced that Residential Studio Units no are longer are being considered in lower-density neighborhoods.

In a Nov.14 letter to the Planning Commission, Commissioner Tim Sargeant, chair of the commission’s RSU study committee, said that “we have heard from citizens and elected officials with regard to their concerns about the current draft” of the RSU proposal.

Affordable housing advocates, citing the difficulty of lower-income workers in finding housing in Fairfax County, have backed a Zoning Ordinance Amendment would create new opportunities to develop efficiency units of 500 square feet or less.

A provision that would make it possible to build multi-family projects in single-family neighborhoods has excited particularly intense controversy. At its Sept. 17 meeting, PDC members asked the county to allow studio units only in multi-family zones of R-20 or above.

The next meeting of the County’s RSU study committee will be Nov. 20, 7 pm, in Rooms 106/107 in the county’s Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway. For earlier stories about the RSU proposal, click here.


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