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File #: 23-0454    Name:
Type: Written Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/1/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 11/22/2022 Final action:
Title: Update on Zoning for Housing Initiatives and the Companion Housing for All Equity Component in Support of the Production of Market and Affordable Housing.
Attachments: 1. 23-0454_ATTACHMENT 1 – BACKGROUND, PURPOSE, AND PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES, 2. 23-0454_ATTACHMENT 2 – TENTATIVE FRAMEWORK-TIMELINE, 3. 23-0454_ATTACHMENT 3 - 2020 ZONING FOR HOUSING PRIORITIZATION PLAN, 4. 23-0454_ATTACHMENT 4-11.16.2022 Zoning for Housing PPT (3)
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2022

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

THROUGH: JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER /s/

FROM: KARL W. MORITZ, DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & ZONING

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Update on Zoning for Housing Initiatives and the Companion Housing for All Equity Component in Support of the Production of Market and Affordable Housing.
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ISSUE: Should staff combine remaining Zoning for Housing Initiatives into one Comprehensive Zoning for Housing Package for study and community engagement, along with the Housing for All Equity companion program, for City Council consideration potentially in fall 2023?

RECOMMENDATION: That the City move forward with the review of a comprehensive package of zoning reforms for the purpose of (1) removing from City policies and regulations those provisions that were intended to support exclusion and segregation, and intended to deny opportunities for property ownership and wealth creation to persons of color, (2) create new, more equitable land use policies that improve demographic and economic indicators that show that there are lasting vestiges of exclusionary practices even today, and (3) materially increase the supply of committed affordable and market rate housing in the City.

DISCUSSION: Staff's proposed comprehensive package is largely the same as that initially proposed, discussed, and approved in 2019 and 2020 as a phased program of reforms. While important progress has been made on that list, factors such as the pandemic affected the pace with which these initiatives could move forward.

This project, as accelerated, is proposed to be completed in Calendar Year 2023. A tentative framework for a timeline outlining the anticipated work program is included in Attachment 1. Accelerating this project will have an impact on the FY 2023 Long Range Interde...

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