Wake County Commissioners adopt new affordable housing plan

Rachel Zeitler | October 17, 2017

On Monday, the Wake County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt a 20-year comprehensive plan to address the growing need for affordable housing in our community.

The planning effort, led by Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes, was a year-long process guided by a 32-person steering committee. Habitat Wake CEO, Kevin Campbell served on the steering committee, along with Habitat Wake board member, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning for the Wake County Public School System.

Other committee members included various community stakeholders, such as elected officials from local municipalities, housing advocacy groups, non-profit and for-profit developers, and county residents.

The newly adopted plan provides 19 recommendations to address housing affordability challenges throughout the county. Strategies include changes to land use policies that would encourage developers to build more affordable housing. The county will also explore new sources of funding for affordable housing production and preservation.