County Invites Public Input on Draft Affordable Dwelling Unit Ordinance

County Invites Public Input on Draft Affordable Dwelling Unit Ordinance

We all benefit when everybody has a place to call home: Affordable housing boosts economic activity, improves community health outcomes, reduces housing insecurity and homelessness, and reduces emissions by enabling more of our workforce to live locally, helping to attract more employers. However, rising rents and home prices are putting stable, desirable housing out of reach for more and more people in Prince William County: The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in the County is $2,400, and many complexes further inflate rates through dynamic pricing. Prince William County has introduced a draft Affordable Housing Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance to give our community vital tools for meeting this challenge together. Please take a moment to review the draft ordinance and consider providing input at one of the meetings listed below or using the online form.

  • Online Comment Form
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m. – Public meeting at Beacon Hall at George Mason University – Manassas
  • April 4, 6-8 p.m.  – Virtual Public Meeting (register here)
  • May 22 (tentative), 7 p.m. – Planning Commission public hearing at McCoart
  • July 16 (tentative), 2 p.m. – Board of County Supervisors public hearing at McCoart

The adoption of an Affordable Housing Dwelling Unit Ordinance will allow the county to implement needed standards for construction, rehabilitation, and occupancy. It would also enable the establishment of a housing trust fund, which would “support the preservation and production of affordable housing and increase opportunities for families and individuals to access decent, affordable homes.” (Housing Trust Fund Project)

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