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DC ADU Homeowner Online Workshop with UPO

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DC homeowners: Learn how to turn your house's underutilized basement or backyard into an income-producing rental unit or separate living space.

RISE Prince George’s Holiday Happy Hour

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Let’s get together (outdoors) to celebrate and look forward to

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Fairfax County: Zoning Ordinance Amendments for Large Retail Sales Establishments

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The Coalition supports the staff and Planning Commission recommendations to amend the zoning ordinance as outlined in the report. Bringing retail store proposals greater than 80,000 square feet under County special exception helps ensure these projects reflect comprehensive planning, transportation and environmental measures, thus better contributing to the public health and welfare. This allows large retailers to better contribute to the community they serve in partnership, while enhancing the economic viability of the stores themselves.
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Ensuring Housing Opportunities in Fairfax

Ensuring Housing Opportunities in Fairfax

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We co-authored "Ensuring Housing Opportunities in Fairfax" using 2005 – 2007 local data on housing costs and income to assess who faces the greatest need for affordable housing in Fairfax County. The analysis was undertaken following criticism by local housing advocates, who decried that the county’s ‘One Penny’ local housing trust fund was used to help finance preservation of units allocated to households making as much as $100,000 per year.
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1000 Friends of Maryland Report on the ICC

1000 Friends of Maryland Report on the ICC

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This report by our partners at 1000 Friends of Maryland explores the financial, economic and regional development costs of building the Intercounty Connector.
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Testimony in support of the proposed action for Takoma Metro Station redevelopment, Hearing No. 175, Docket R06-5

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Since 2000, WRN has been involved with the question of what kind of redevelopment at the Takoma Metro station would do the most to enhance transit access, improve the station area and larger community, help meet the need for more housing near transit. Appropriate development at the Takoma Metro station helps accommodate our region’s growth in a way that enhances the Takoma neighborhood while contributing to the solution for our region’s transportation, air and water pollution problems.
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NATIONAL - Center for Housing Policy's "Heavy Load" Report

NATIONAL – Center for Housing Policy’s “Heavy Load” Report

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth prioritizes the production and preservation of affordable housing, especially with access to transportation choices and jobs, as one critical element of truly interconnected, sustainable communities.
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