Increasing the supply of affordable housing throughout Fairfax County is a high priority. Just last month the Board of Supervisors voted to increase the strategic goal of exceeding 10,000 affordable housing units by 2034, and I set a goal for Hunter Mill District of 1,000 units by the end of 2027. The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) recently accepted for consideration an unsolicited proposal and advertised for competing proposals under the provisions of the Virginia Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA), as amended, to develop affordable housing and a regional library. The project identified as Bowman Towne Court is located at the intersection of Bowman Towne Drive and Towne Center Parkway. The potential project aims to redevelop an existing 2.89-acre property owned by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA). It also includes approximately 1.6-acres of the adjacent 8.44-acre Board-owned Reston Police Station parking lot with replacement of existing affordable units and additional multifamily affordable housing, a new Reston Regional Library, and associated parking.
While the public participation elements of the Virginia PPEA process leaves much to be desired, this project will still be subject to public review through all required land use approvals. And leveraging publicly owned land through public-private partnership development can efficiently produce affordable housing units in a cost-effective manner through use of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
Therefore, I move that the Board direct staff to initiate steps to formally authorize and schedule a public hearing to consider conveyance of approximately 1.6-acres of the Reston District Police Station site located at Tax Map Parcel 0171-01-0014B to the FCRHA. This will be for the development of affordable housing with appropriate replacement of secure parking spaces dedicated to police use and subject to the stipulation that in the event the FCRHA no longer pursues the project, the FCRHA will transfer ownership of the property back to the Board.
This motion should not be construed as a favorable recommendation by the Board on the future land use application and does not relieve the applicant from compliance with the provisions of all applicable ordinances, regulations, or adopted standards, nor does it prejudice in any way the Board’s consideration of a future application.