Housing Master Plan & Regional Housing Initiative
On December 14, 2013 the Alexandria City Council unanimously approved the City’s first Housing Master Plan (HMP). The result of a multi-year public planning process, the HMP guides preservation and enhancement of affordable housing opportunities and community diversity through 2025 with the following principles:
- Facilitate a variety of housing options for households of all incomes.
- Expand housing choice for people of all ages and abilities.
- Partner with nonprofits, ARHA, and private developers to leverage City resources.
- Prioritize the creation and preservation of affordable housing in transit-oriented, amenity-rich areas and in large-scale (re)developments, in particular when existing market affordable housing is being impacted.
- Promote the integration of affordable housing to foster successful and vibrant mixed-income communities.
- Recognize the critical role affordable housing plays in the City's economic sustainability.
HMP Planning Process
The HMP planning process was designed to ensure participation by stakeholders through: a series of 15 public meetings; a bus tour of the City's existing affordable housing stock; and an allocation exercise which gave stakeholders the opportunity to consider future housing needs and locations.
The HMP Advisory Group was composed of the City's Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) plus an additional five appointees, including both public sector and private sector representatives. This group was charged with providing feedback on data presented and developed goals and objectives to guide the creation of the implementation plan.
On November 30, 2012, the City of Alexandria released its draft Housing Master Plan and the draft Housing Master Plan At a Glance for public review and comment. Two town hall meetings were held to receive questions and comments on the Plan. The first meeting was held on January 24, 2013 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School. A second Town Hall meeting was held on February 11, 2013 at Jefferson-Houston Elementary School. Following a 90-day comment period, the Planning commission and City Council held work sessions on the draft plan. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Revised Draft Housing Master Plan on December 3, 2013.
Regional Housing Initiative
In March 2020, City Council endorsed Resolution R27-2019, a Regional Housing Initiative unanimously adopted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board to establish housing production targets to address the region’s growing housing needs. The resolution includes aspirational targets allocated across its member jurisdictions, including the City of Alexandria. The City's allocation is equivalent to 3,000 units (above the City's development projections) by 2030, with a goal that 75% of these new units, or 2,250, be affordable to low- and moderate-income households. Progress towards this target is reported on the Housing Opportunities Dashboard.