Loudoun Policy Change Opens Door to State, Federal Housing Grants

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved changes to the county’s Affordable Dwelling Unit program that will open the program up to Virginia Housing Development Authority and U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development grants.

Developers who rezone land for large subdivisions—more than 50 units, with exceptions— are required by county zoning rules to dedicate 12.5 percent of those units to the county’s ADU program. That program sets price restrictions on those units, but the rules don’t line up with what is required for grants from the Virginia Housing Development Authority or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Other jurisdictions can double their money or better by leveraging grant funds.

According to the Windy Hill Foundation, since 2006 the Virginia, DC, suburbs have received $358.32 million in housing grants. Only $17.62 million of that came to Loudoun—all for Windy Hill projects, and none under the county’s ADU program.

The ADU rule fixes will include adjustments to things like income requirements and sunset provisions. The rules change was spearheaded by Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) and approved unanimously by supervisors Oct. 12.

The rules change is yielding immediate benefits. Windy Hill expects to bring in $15 million in tax credits for its Heronview Apartments, with construction planned to begin at the Kincora development later this year.

Loudoun’s ADU program includes units for both rental and purchase. VHDA and HUD grants only cover rental units.


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