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098 Residential Studio Units: Fairfax County is considering changing the zoning ordinance such that, by special exception, any and every home in zonings from R-E, R-C, R-1, through R-30, may be converted to an apartment building that contains residential studio units (RSU’s) with no bedrooms  -- potentially making every home an apartment building.  The County wants to accommodate the need for housing the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, the poor, but mostly young single people with low-paying jobs.  The purpose of Report 098 is to provide the data on the supply and demand for such low-cost housing.  As the study shows, by 2030 the county will need 90,000 rental units that rent for less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).  That many rental units can be provided in land currently zoned residential at densities of 20 units per acre and above (R-20).  There is no need to put multifamily RSU's in neighborhoods having single-family homes or townhouses (less dense than R-20). The full report can be viewed by clicking on Report 098 below.

013. Proffers by developers to cover the added cost for public schools should be based on the difference in cost per student for added facilities as compared to the original facilities.  Typical Fairfax County would be $4,500 per student, as shown in Report 13, which can be downloaded as indicated below.

Fred Costello,
Nov 13, 2013, 12:13 PM
Fred Costello,
Jan 11, 2010, 8:29 AM