Voting in Prince William County’s 2023 primary? A guide to races, key issues
, 2023-05-05 15:15:00,
How would you create more affordable homes in the county/in your district?
Angry (Neabsco): Push back against developments and policies that would lead to a concentration of affordable housing stock in particular parts of the county. Address our county’s “missing middle” by working with developers to incentivize development of a full spectrum of housing stock. Seek opportunities to co-locate affordable and workforce housing on existing county property. Champion the preservation of affordable housing zoning for current mobile homes.
Bailey (Potomac): I have taken initiative in the effort to create a Housing Authority in Prince William County, as well as establishing a Housing Trust Fund to support the Housing Authority. I am also working with developers who are seeking to build affordable housing in my district.
Short (Potomac): I would consider innovative ideas such as tiny home communities. Also, remodeling of current, older or vacant properties by partnering with organizations that support fighting homelessness and those with home insecurities.
Knarr (Chair, Republican): We must work with the development community to offer a wide range of affordable housing types that allow people from all income levels to live and work in Prince William County. Longtime politicians, like my opponent, have had plenty of time to implement a policy to address affordable housing, yet have ignored it. As a result, Prince William County has become almost unaffordable for our teachers, police officers, and firefighters.
Jefferson (Chair, Democratic): Affordable housing must align with public transportation and should not exceed 42 percent of the area median income. I would explore different options such as authorizing greater density during rezoning in exchange for a higher percentage of affordable units or using a small percentage of revenue from a higher data center tax to incentivize development. We must also incorporate affordable units into mixed income developments and, whenever possible, into mixed use communities.
Wheeler (Chair, Democratic): As Chair-at-Large, I am responsible for bringing opportunities to expand affordable housing for families. Prince William is the most diverse county in the Commonwealth, and I will continue to be a champion for environmentally sound development that provides a pathway to equitable housing opportunities. More affordable homes can be created by approving an Affordable Housing ordinance, clustering housing, and by using different…
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