Fairfax County Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Affordable Dwelling Unit Program


Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) program in Fairfax County. The ADU program was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 11, 1989, and went into effect on July 31, 1990, as part of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.

Born out of a bi-partisan process that involved the public and private sectors coming together to address a significant housing challenge; the ADU program incentivizes the creation of additional affordable housing with private investment. It helps increase affordability in communities across the county by increasing the development potential of sites in exchange for the inclusion of additional modestly priced units.

The ADU program has made affordable housing an attainable reality in parts of the county where there had been no affordability. Since the Board adoption of the policy, this innovative program has delivered over 2,500 ADU units.Many low and moderate income households now have the opportunity to live affordably in communities located in Fairfax County.

During Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairman Sharon Bulova designated July 31, 2015 as “Fairfax County Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) Day” in honor of the great accomplishments and positive impact made by the Fairfax County ADU program. “Thanks to the ADU program, working families, young professionals and service industry employees have additional housing options close to job and transportation centers in the county,” noted Chairman Bulova.

The ordinance was the first of its kind in Virginia and it has served as a model for other jurisdictions in the region. For more information on Affordable Dwelling Units, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha.


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