Alexandria is a great community but people at many income levels are facing real challenges finding homes they can afford to buy or rent. So the City of Alexandria has launched its Zoning for Housing/Housing for All initiative to study how to increase the supply of housing and diversity of housing types and price levels. The City is also documenting past discriminatory housing policies and their continued impacts.
You can help support expanded housing opportunities in Alexandria by filling out the City’s questionnaire, open through June 19:
This is an important, open and inclusive process, and the City has held a number of community meetings this past spring and will continue meetings through December. The current questionnaire and the feedback from recent meetings will inform the findings and draft recommendations to be presented to the public in September.
The survey offers the opportunity to support more diverse housing types like townhomes, duplexes, and multifamily housing in our city with its access to jobs and a range of sustainable transportation options – bus, rail, biking, and walking. More diverse housing means we can retain more young people and families, seniors who’d like to downsize or age in place, and the diverse workforce we need to maintain Alexandria’s high quality of public services, schools, and businesses.
For more information on Zoning for Housing/Housing for All, visit the City’s project webpage which has extensive data on local housing needs and info on the policies under study.
Your support of more housing in areas like Alexandria that have good access to opportunity – transit, jobs and services – is critical to a prosperous, vibrant, and diverse community now and in the future.