Posted on October 1, 2021 at 2:03 PM by Nancy McCormick
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has adopted the Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP), which is designed to help the county and its partners improve housing access, quality and affordability for all families. The plan identifies strategies and actions to address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The plan also creates housing targets over the short term and the long term.
The UHNSP has five objectives with specific strategies and key actions that will help the county address housing needs:
These five objectives and their associated key actions provide a comprehensive approach to begin to address the affordability gaps that exist in the county. This approach is based on research, best practices and Loudoun County’s specific housing needs and housing market.
Attainable Housing Goal
The UHNSP sets an attainable housing goal for 2040 of 16,000 units; this goal falls in line with the land use planning policies of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan, which calls for 20 percent of forecasted new Loudoun housing to be affordable housing. This would add 8,200 new affordable housing units to the supply by 2040. An additional 7,800 affordable housing units would be developed from existing housing.
Developing the Plan
The Board of Supervisors initiated the process of developing the UHNSP in September 2019 with public participation as a key element. In addition to comments made directly to members of the Board of Supervisors, members of the public were encouraged to attend community meetings about the plan and respond to an online survey on housing, community development needs and fair housing issues.
The public can follow the progress of implementation of the UHNSP by viewing quarterly updates to the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee.
More information about the UNHSP, including the adopted plan document and a link to sign up for updates on the plan’s implementation, is available at loudoun.gov/housingneeds.
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Posted on July 6, 2021 at 11:21 AM by Sarah OConnell
The Office of Housing would like to share updates on two initiatives currently underway in Loudoun County – The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) and the Regional Housing Equity Plan.
Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan
The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (UHNSP) is a key implementation step of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the UHNSP is to define how the county will address unmet housing needs in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The final draft of the UHNSP was presented at the Board of Supervisors public hearing on May 12, 2021. At the May 12 public hearing, the Board of Supervisors referred the UHNSP to the Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) for further consideration. The UHNSP is now expected to return to the September 7 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting for final consideration.
Regional Housing Equity Plan
Loudoun County is one of seven participating jurisdictions that are working collaboratively to develop a Regional Housing Equity Plan, also known as the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice or “AI.” The Regional AI process is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require localities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to prepare a Fair Housing Plan. In the past, each individual jurisdiction submitted a plan. The Regional Housing Equity Plan aims to increase collaboration, innovation, and effectiveness of strategies throughout the metropolitan area. It is expected to be completed in 2022.
Community engagement for the Regional Housing Equity Plan is underway. Three virtual workshops are being offered in July on the topic of Housing, Equity, and Race: Fair Housing in the DMV Region. These workshops are free and open to the public. They will engage participants in discussion on the intersection of housing, transportation, environment, and race and will help inform the Regional AI.
The Loudoun County Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan and Regional Housing Equity Plan are separate projects with unique targets and lenses and different implementation timelines. The projects will, however, enhance one another as both work towards the goal of ensuring attainable, quality housing for all of Loudoun’s community members.
Posted on April 8, 2021 at 2:41 PM by Nancy McCormick