Based on a recognized need and desire to evaluate the efficacy of the Workforce Dwelling Unit (WDU) policies, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Board) created the Workforce Dwelling Unit Policy Task Force in March 2019. The WDU Policy Task Force is composed of affordable housing advocates; representatives from the developer industry, Planning Commission and Redevelopment and Housing Authority; and Departments of Housing and Community Development and Planning staff.
The objective of the Task Force is to provide policy recommendations that will enable the WDU program to provide new units that allow for an affordability range in the County. The Task Force is evaluating the market rate rents versus the 100% AMI and 120% AMI tiers and what policies would best provide an affordability range of new WDU units. The goal is to develop policy recommendations that provide a clear methodology for negotiating the total percentage of rental WDUs at appropriate income tiers for each new community subject to the WDU Policy. The recommendations may result in the amendment of the WDU Policies within the Comprehensive Plan.