At the July 28, 2020, meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor John Foust, Chairman of the Board’s Housing Committee, along with Chairman Jeff McKay and Supervisor Dalia Palchik, introduced a motion to establish a task force for the purpose of developing a comprehensive plan for the preservation of affordable housing.
The objective of the Preservation Task Force is to provide the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors with policy recommendations for creative and sustainable housing preservation initiatives that are consistent with the One Fairfax Initiative and best practices. Key issues to be addressed in the work of the task force include:
- Definitions for the types of preservation that can occur in communities
- Typology of properties at risk and characteristics to guide prioritizing properties or neighborhoods in need of action sooner
- A comprehensive set of preservation strategies the includes recommended policies and tools to achieve the goal of no net loss of affordability
- Best Practices: Use industry recognized best practices to inform the work of the Preservation Task Force.
- One Fairfax Racial and Social Equity Policy and Lens: Use the One Fairfax Policy to apply a racial and social equity lens in all efforts of the Preservation Task Force and in the creation of the proposed Preservation Strategy.
- Categories and Characteristics: Develop a concrete list of categories and characteristics of housing and the characteristics that put properties at risk to understand the criteria that can help prioritize at risk properties which will be used as a guiding principle when considering strategies for preservation.