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September 14, 2018

Embark Richmond Highway Initiative Looks to Address Affordable Housing
 

As part of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, a new affordable housing advisory group has been formed to make recommendations on affordable housing issues related to the Embark Richmond Highway initiative. The 14 member group, called the Embark Housing Advisory Group, is led by the Department of Housing and Community Development and supported by the Department of Planning and Zoning. The group consist of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including affordable housing advocates, non-profits, and developers. Members were invited by Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck.
 

The advisory group will provide recommendations on affordable housing issues first to the Strategic Economic Development Team created by Supervisors Storck and McKay and ultimately to the Board of Supervisors.  It is anticipated that these recommendations may result in or include a Comprehensive Plan amendment to provide further guidance concerning affordable housing in the Embark area.
 

The Embark Richmond Highway Initiative is a multi-faceted project promoting revitalization along a 7.5 mile segment of the Richmond Highway Corridor by creating a series of mixed-use activity centers supported by a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system; roadway, pedestrian and bicycle improvements; enhanced open space and park systems; and ultimately a three-mile extension of the Metrorail Yellow Line from Huntington to Hybla Valley.
 

For more information on the Embark Housing Advisory Group, visit the web page at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/embark.  If you would like more information on the Embark initiative as a whole, go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/embark-richmond-highway.