PHED Committee #6
Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee
Zoning Text Amendment 10-01 and Bill 4-10; Workforce Housing - Voluntary
Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 10-01 and Bill 4-10 were sponsored by the Planning, Housing, and
Economic Development Committee. ZTA 10-01 was introduced on January 26, 2010. Bill 4-10 was
introduced on February 2,2010.
The Committee believes that the Workforce Housing program should be changed to a voluntary
program. ZTA 10-01 would accomplish that objective within the Zoning Ordinance. Bill 4-10, to
amend Chapter 25B, would also be required.
A public hearing was held on ZTA 10-01 and Bill 4-10 on March 2, 2010. Staff will address issues
raised in the public hearing at the Committee's worksession.
The Planning Staff report to the Planning Board included the following background:
Since the inception of the workforce housing program in December 2006, only three
project plans and one site plan have been approved with workforce housing units. Two of
the project plans were public/private partnerships with the County (Lot 31 in the
Bethesda Central Business District Metro Station Policy area and the Studio Plaza project
in the Silver Spring Central Business District Metro Station Policy area.) The only private
project that has received approval is the Woodmont Central project in the Bethesda
Central Business District Metro Station Policy area. To date, none of these projects have
been constructed. According to the development community, providing workforce
housing is cost prohibitive ...
A key Housing Policy goal in the County encourages that steps be taken each year to
increase the supply of affordable housing in those areas where the proportion of
affordable housing in the entire housing stock is below the County-wide average
proportion of affordable housing. In order to achieve this goal, the Council, the
Executive, the Planning Board, and other appropriate agencies must give the policy of
locating a fair share of affordable housing units in each area of the County high priority
in all planning, zoning, and land use decisions. As stated previously, the position of the