Fairfax County is a place where all people live in communities that foster safe, enjoyable and affordable living experiences.
Each priority area includes the following:
Healthy, livable communities and reasonably priced housing form the basis of a safe, enjoyable, high quality of life. There is a desire to protect and preserve existing neighborhoods, to revitalize older business districts and to build vibrant new mixed-use urban centers.
COVID-19 has highlighted how tight living quarters (including overcrowded situations) helped spread the virus in the community, while the economic downturn has significantly exacerbated an existing affordable housing crisis within Fairfax County. Further, county budget reductions have impacted the county’s ability to move ahead with critically important initiatives to effectively address this persistent community priority.
No single action can fulfill residents’ expectations for affordable, connected neighborhoods with needed amenities. Instead, these features must be fostered through the consistent application of the following strategies that promote equitable access to housing, community assets and transportation options. Implementation of this plan must take place in alignment with the actions outlined in the Countywide Housing Strategic Plan. Strategies in this section also seek to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and those needing short-term shelter, including a sustained focus on eviction mitigation.
1. How can we encourage, developers and builders (for-profit and non-profit, faith-based landowners, etc.) to increase the amount of affordable housing and create a broad range of housing options while maintaining the quality and desirability of built communities, both new and redeveloped?
2. How can we support both re-development and preservation, so that housing and neighborhoods maintain the residents and the desired features/elements, while addressing evolving wants and needs?
3. In light of the projected aging of our community, how can we ensure that all older adults have the livability resources to age in community or otherwise stay within the county?
4. How can we encourage healthy placemaking and, subsequently, healthy living without homogenizing, while continuing to welcome new residents of different ages, family status and economic status and ensuring the availability of desired housing?
5. How can we provide a framework that allows: a) higher density development where it is most appropriate (e.g., near transit) and b) thoughtful transitions to less densely developed areas, while promoting the delivery of affordable units?
6. How can we support the creation/evolution of communities where people can live, work and recreate so that residents can reduce their reliance on cars and walk, bike, or take transit more frequently? What can we do to incentivize living near work?
7. How can we better respond to the need for transitional housing for those who are experiencing homelessness or require near-term shelter?
8. How can we ensure more residents have access to the many livability and affordable housing resources available in the county (transit, public facilities, housing voucher program, etc.)?
9. How can we establish and integrate permanent supportive housing (housing with services to support residents facing vulnerabilities) into neighborhoods and communities for those who need it?
1. Housing Affordability and Quality
2. Housing Quantity and Availability
3. Accessibility to Amenities that Promote Healthy Neighborhoods
4. Flexibility and Adaptability of Land Use Regulations
Indicator: Housing Affordability and Quality
• % of households that spend greater than 30% and greater than 50% of their income on housing
• # of net new housing units added that are affordable to households earning 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and that are directly attributable to a county government policy, program or subsidy
• % of county renters who report their rent increased more than 3% over last year in the same place of residence
• % of eligible first-time homebuyers who receive financial assistance for a down payment or closing costs
• % of residents rating the quality of their housing as safe and decent
Indicator: Housing Quantity and Availability
• % of all approved and % of all newly constructed housing units in the county that are multi-unit
• # of new accessory dwelling units established in the county
• # of new affordable dwelling units and workforce dwelling units constructed
• % of older adults and residents with disabilities who report they are able to stay in the community consistent with their desires
• # of older adults who seek to relocate to an affordable assisted living facility in Fairfax County but are unable to do so
• % of new housing permits submitted that meet universal design and/or single-floor living standards
• # of acres of land and # of housing units that are dedicated to the County Redevelopment and Housing Authority or a community land trust for permanent affordable housing
Indicator: Accessibility to Amenities that Promote Healthy Neighborhoods
• % of county residents who live within a mile of a transit stop and a fresh food option
• % of residents living within a half-mile walk to a park entrance or a recreational facility
• # of linear feet of dedicated sidewalks and multi-use paths
• % of residents who report being actively engaged in their community (for example, volunteering, participating in community activities or having a membership in local organizations)
Indicator: Flexibility and Adaptability of Land Use Regulations
• % of land use permit and plan applicants whose interaction with the Fairfax County Government process and staff meets or exceeds their expectations for timeliness and customer service
• % of residents who feel they have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the land development process
• % of acreage in Fairfax County zoned to a mixed-use district
• # of individuals experiencing homelessness, sheltered and unsheltered
• Ratio of # of homeless shelter beds to # of people experiencing homelessness
• # of permanent supportive housing units (or beds)
• % of households in shelters who move to permanent affordable housing
Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities
Develop Housing Supportive Policies
Strive to End Homelessness
Expand Innovative Funding Opportunities
Create Great Places
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