South Patrick Street Housing Affordability Strategy 2018

On September 15, 2018, City Council adopted the Route 1 South Housing Affordability Strategy and renamed it to "South Patrick Street Affordable Housing Strategy," as an amendment to the Southwest Quadrant Small Area Plan. This Strategy was the result of a community process to develop tools to preserve housing affordability at The Heritage at Old Town and Olde Towne West III in a way that is compatible with the neighborhood and to prioritize safety and accessibility along S. Patrick St.

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Proposed Text Amendment to Create New Residential Affordability Zone

  • Proposed Residential Multifamily Zone Frequently Asked Questions
  • Planning Commission Docket Item #6, February 5
    The Planning Commission will consider the proposed Text Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to create a new Residential Multifamily zone which provides land areas for multifamily residential development with limited neighborhood serving commercial uses and allows increased floor area in exchange for the provision of affordable housing.
  • Community Open House, January 17, 2019
    The community was invited to an informal open house to learn about a proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendment for a new residential zone that incentivizes the enhancement and preservation of long-term housing affordability. This zone is anticipated for initial implementation as part of the South Patrick Street Housing Affordability Strategy, and may also be used in other areas of the city.  

Adopted South Patrick Street Housing Affordability Strategy


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The timing of this effort was closely tied to the expiration of affordability contracts on two large rental communities in the corridor – The Heritage at Old Town and Olde Towne West III. This initiative explored opportunities to maintain housing affordability in the plan area through the future preservation, renovation and/or redevelopment of these properties. Working with the community and commercial property owners, this planning effort developed strategies and identified public and private resources and tools to preserve housing affordability and diversity, including existing expiring long-term subsidies that provide deep affordability for many of the rental units. It also explored strategies to strengthen the character of the neighborhood, prioritize safety and accessibility along Route 1 South, and create a more welcoming gateway to the city.  

Plan Development

Meetings and Materials

Charrette Week, February 26 - March 5

This planning process included  a five-day intensive community planning "charrette" -  a collaborative planning and design exercise to develop the principles and strategies for the plan. Members of the community were invited to participate and share their ideas on-site during the day and at evening public meetings and open houses. Childcare, transportation and interpretation services in Spanish and Amharic were provided during the evening community meetings. If unable to attend the charrette in person, community members were invited to follow the charrette progress and participate online throughout the week. Take a look at these photos from charrette!

Charrette Group Volunteers

To ensure consistent participation in the development of the Plan, the City solicited community members to serve as Charrette Group Volunteers. Charrette Group Volunteers, alongside all those interested in the planning process, will help develop the principles and strategies of the plan during the charrette. Volunteers of the Charrette Group committed to participating in most of the public engagement events, and in the charrette in particular. Charrette Group Volunteers represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the planning area.

Community Comments



This planning effort is jointly supported by the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Office of Housing. Questions may be directed to Ashley Labadie, Urban Planner, 703.746.3801.