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Attainable Housing Strategies initiative

Struggling to find a home in Montgomery County? You are not alone. The county is facing a serious housing shortage and is expected to add over 200,000 residents by 2050. Unless we grow our housing supply to make room for these new residents, our existing communities will become more expensive, less diverse, and it will be difficult to attract and retain a skilled workforce. The county is also mostly built out, with very little land available for new development to help us build enough housing fast enough to keep up with this growth.

On top of a growing population with little land left available, we also have a zoning issue. Zoning determines what can be built where and consequently limits housing options in certain neighborhoods. We have a lot of land zoned for single-family homes, which are largely demanded by families, but we have a growing diverse population that may want smaller, or more types of housing than the county currently allows. So how can we fix this? Through Attainable Housing Strategies.

We launched the Attainable Housing Strategies (AHS) initiative in response to the Montgomery County Council’s request on March 4, 2021 to review and study housing options in the county for current and future residents.

Check out the previous Planning Board’s recommendations on the Attainable Housing Strategies initiative in this two-page explainer document: English | አማርኛ | 汉语 | Españolفارسی | Français | 한국어Tiếng Việt.

What is Attainable Housing?

Attainable housing enables households of various incomes to obtain homes suitable for their needs in terms of size, location, and price point. It’s market-rate housing that makes living in Montgomery County’s residential neighborhoods attainable to more households.

In Montgomery County, expanding attainable housing options means enabling the construction or renovation of diverse housing types beyond the typical detached single-family home to create more units that are smaller and more affordable.

This graphic demonstrates the relative physical scale of the attainable housing targeted by the Attainable Housing Strategies initiative. Attainable housing includes Missing Middle Housing, which refers to a range of building types that are compatible in scale, form and construction with single-family homes, but offer multiple housing units.

Graphic showing housing scales.Small scale: House-scale duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, accessory dwelling units 2-2.5 stories. Medium scale: Stacked flats apartment buildings (three stories), townhouses 3-4 stories. Large scale: Mixed-use Live/work buildings, stacked flats, small apartment buildings (four stories) 4-5 stories

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Timeline

  • March 24, 2021
    HEAT Meeting #1
  • March 29, 2021
    Community Meeting #1
  • April 9, 2021
    Virtual Office Hours
  • April 14, 2021
    HEAT Meeting #2
  • April 21, 2021
    Community Meeting #2
  • April 27, 2021
    Virtual Office Hours
  • April 28, 2021
    HEAT Meeting #3
  • May 19, 2021
    HEAT Meeting #4
  • June 2, 2021
    Community Meeting #3
  • June 3, 2021
    Virtual Office Hours
  • June 14, 2021
    Social Media Day
  • June 24, 2021
    Presentation to the Planning Board with opportunity for the public to provide comment
  • July 8, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #1
  • July 22, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #2
  • September 9, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #3
  • October 7, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #4
  • November 4, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #5
  • December 9, 2021
    Planning Board Work Session #6
  • December 13, 2021
    Community Meeting #4
  • February 24, 2022
    Panel Discussion on Expanding Housing Types Across the Country
  • March 21, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Public Comment
  • April 11, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Work Session #1
  • April 25, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Work Session #2
  • May 9, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Work Session #3
  • May 23, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Work Session #4
  • June 6, 2024
    Attainable Housing Strategies Work Session #5

Attainable Housing Strategies Initiative Comment Form

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