City, county planning commissions focus on affordable housing

(RECAP: On Tuesday, as the Charlottesville City Council considered doubling the city’s annual contribution to its affordable housing fund, members of the city’s Planning Commission expressed skepticism about a new set of policy recommendations for increasing Charlottesville’s supply of affordable housing. In March 2015, the City Council approved the use of $62,000 from the affordable housing fund to pay for the Charlottesville Comprehensive Housing Analysis and Policy Recommendations. The report, prepared by the Robert Charles Lessor Co., was presented to the council in January 2016. The city’s Housing Advisory Committee reviewed the report with staff from the city’s Neighborhood Development Services department last year and issued a list of more than 30 recommended actions to the council. Stacy Pethia, housing programs coordinator for the city, asked for feedback on these recommendations during Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County planning commissions. In 2010, councilors set a goal to make supported affordable units comprise 15 percent of Charlottesville’s housing inventory by 2025. But that ratio has stayed flat at 10 percent since then.)