Draft Affordable Housing Policy Revised to Prefer ‘Inclusionary’ Forms

A draft motion to be considered for adoption by the Falls Church City Council tonight has been modified today to insert the following: “It is important to consider all options for increasing the supply of affordable housing in the City. The preferred strategy is to develop committed affordable housing that is inclusionary and distributed within developments and throughout the City.”

The controversial proposed modification, critics say, would deter efforts at construction of the kinds of affordable residential housing units that could realistically achieve the Council’s goal of adding 150 new affordable housing units in the City in the next decade, compared to the track record of the past decade when, confined to “inclusionary” units, only approximately 30 units were added (the bulk in one “workforce housing”-dedicated building) despite a strong addition of five new mixed use projects in the City.