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Loudoun Chamber Applauds Unmet Housing Need Strategic Plan

 

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Contact Andrea Winey, Director of Communications
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
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5.9.19
 
Loudoun Chamber Applauds Unmet Housing Need Strategic Plan
Board of Supervisors Strategic Motion Moves Housing Discussion Forward
 
Lansdowne, VA – The Loudoun Chamber would like to applaud the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors for the accepted amendment in the 2019 Loudoun County Draft Comprehensive Plan to prioritize Loudoun’s unmet housing need. 
 
The Unment Housing Need Strategic Plan priority, motioned by Chair Phyllis Randall and Supervisor Suzanne Volpe, will seek to utilize a variety of techniques to address this issue; including, but not limited to: down payment assistance programs, utilization of housing trust funds, home purchase programs, higher densities near the metro stations outside of the metro tax district. 
 
Loudoun Chamber Vice President of Membership & Government Affairs Grafton deButts said, “The Loudoun Chamber has long supported more robust state and local policies directed at increasing the availability of a wide range of housing options, both rental and for sale, to meet the needs of Loudoun’s growing population and workforce. We applaud our Supervisors and the leadership of Chair Randall and Supervisor Volpe in prioritizing the need to adequately plan for a wide range of urban, suburban and rural housing choices to support future economic development and job growth.”
 
The Loudoun Chamber has a nine point housing diversity and affordability priority position, which includes:  Adequate maintenance and investment in the Loudoun County Housing Fund, leveraging this fund to provide the highest possible impact; Adoption of higher densities in appropriate locations, particularly those areas surrounding and in the proximity of mass transit stations, to enable a greater number of quality housing products at all price points to be available for sale or rental; and Use of property tax credits, down payment programs, low interest loans, an expedited approval process, and other programs by the County to increase home ownership for low- to moderate income households.”
 
All nine points can be found at www.loudounchamber.org/publc-policy-positions. Going into each year, leaders of the Loudoun Chamber’s Public Policy Committee review each priority area of the organization’s policy positions to ensure each issue effectively advocates for the current and future needs of the regional business community.   On May 28th the Loudoun Chamber will host the PolicyMaker Series: “State of Workforce Housing” at 8am at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn.
 
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