Attainable Housing Challenges: Rules and Engagement

Without a range of housing types, sizes, and price points, regions such as the DC metro area are unlikely to continue to attract and retain critical employment bases. The Urban Land Institute/Washington recently published a report, "Increasing Housing Supply and Attainability: Improving Rules and Engagement to Build More Housing," under the premise that the sustainability of our nation’s economic health relies on an adequate supply of affordable housing options.

The ULI report examined two critical and related components of a healthy development climate: local regulatory and approval processes, and community engagement to gain acceptance of new housing development. This session explores the ways in which both issues impact supply and affordability, and examines the report's recommended strategies for delivering attainable housing across a range of housing types, income levels, and regional locations.

This session will discuss the study's findings and applicability as well as how the District of Columbia is addressing many of the challenges identified in the study. Speakers will also share initial reflections on the implications of the current pandemic for housing and community engagement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn strategies for helping communities create a shared regional/local housing vision to accommodate future growth.
  • Explore steps for building trust through inclusive, proactive engagement processes.
  • Hear initial reflections on housing and community engagement needs arising from the current pandemic.

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