What is the Housing Conservation District?
- The Housing Conservation District is a proposed special planning district proposed to be implemented in 12 County neighborhoods.
- The HCD will be designated on the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) and referenced in the Affordable Housing Master Plan (AHMP), and will include goals, objectives, and mapped boundaries.
- The purpose of the District is to encourage the retention of housing affordability by allowing a context-appropriate spectrum of development, ranging from renovation and addition to infill and redevelopment in exchange for dedicated affordable housing units.
Why is the Housing Conservation District being proposed?
- Since 2000 the County has lost over 14,500 market rate affordable housing. Most of this loss has come from rent increases, although redevelopment has also been a contributing factor.
- The Affordable Housing Master Plan establishes the County policy to “make every reasonable effort to prevent the loss of market-rate affordable housing,” and to “encourage the construction and preservation of affordable rental housing through land use/zoning policy, financial and technical assistance.”
- The General Land Use Plan’s development and growth goals include a goal to “preserve and enhance existing single family and apartment neighborhoods.”
How will the Housing Conservation District be implemented?
- The HCD will be implemented through amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and “to-be-developed” financial incentives.
- The current Zoning Ordinance amendment will require site plan approval for future townhouse development within the HCD to ensure potential impacts are addressed.
- Subsequent Zoning Ordinance amendments will focus on incentives that provide relief from nonconforming conditions and possibilities for increased density accompanied by affordability requirements.
- Two phases of implementation are currently planned:
- Phase I November – December 2017. Establishment of the District through amendments to the General Land Use Plan, the Affordable Housing Master Plan and the Zoning Ordinance. A schedule of meetings for this phase can be found below.
- Phase II 2018. Phase II will pursue a Zoning Ordinance amendment that would allow minor additions to apartment buildings/complexes and include provisions for affordability restrictions as well as options for additional density through infill, partial- and full redevelopment that would include greater affordability requirements. This phase will also consider a potential tax incentive program, and assess whether the neighborhoods within the Planning Corridors should be added to the District.
County Board Report for December 16,2017
County Board Report for advertisement of public hearings (includes the proposed Housing Conservation District Policy Framework, GLUP amendments, AHMP amendment, and Zoning Ordinance amendments)
Market-Rate Affordable Housing: An Approach to Preservation March 2017 report
- November 22 – NAIOP (membership organization)
- November 27, 5:30 pm – County Board, Courthouse Plaza, 3rd floor Public Hearing
- December 6, 8:00 am – Arlington Chamber of Commerce
- December 6, 7:00 pm – Planning Commission, Courthouse Plaza, 3rd floor Public Hearing
- December 7, 7:00 pm – Housing Commission, Courthouse Plaza, Room 311 Public Hearing
- December 12, 7:45 am – Economic Development Commission, 1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1500
- December 16, 8:30 am – County Board, Courthouse Plaza, 3rd floor Public Hearing