The City of Alexandria has proposed modest but effective changes to its zoning code that could boost the supply of new homes by 25%. With demand for homes outstripping supply, and many families having to leave the city to find homes they can afford, these reforms are common sense – and a more sustainable way for Alexandria and the region to grow.
On November 1, the Planning Commission will vote on eight reforms prepared by City staff and discussed with the community since the spring. The proposed zoning changes include making it easier to build in multifamily zones, allowing two-, three- or four-unit dwellings in single-family zones, expanding housing opportunities in transit-oriented development and eliminating minimum parking requirements near transit. Learn more here and send your email to the city.
CSG supports timely adoption of the eight proposals and requests the following additional steps be taken now:Adopt the more flexible Option 2 allowing up to four units in more single-family zones (R20, R12, R8, R5, and R2-5);Remove parking requirements within 3/4 mile of Metro stations and ½ mile of bus rapid transit stations (Route 1, Duke Street, Beauregard/Van Dorn);Study additional parking reforms that can foster more affordable, walkable neighborhoods, especially near transit; andExpeditiously update transit-oriented community plans for Metro stations and bus rapid transit corridors to provide more housing.
In addition to sending your email ahead of the Nov. 1 Planning Commission meeting, you can double your impact by signing up and speaking during the public hearing that night. The Planning Commission hearing and vote will be followed by the City Council hearing on Tuesday, Nov 14, with continuation on Saturday, Nov 18.