A controversial bill to allow certain workforce housing projects to bypass adequate school capacity requirements generated hundreds of letters of testimony from community members in Anne Arundel County.
The Anne Arundel County Council had a five hour virtual hearing on a bill that would allow certain workforce housing projects to move forward under relaxed adequate school capacity restrictions in an effort to build more affordable housing in the county.
From The Baltimore Sun:
The controversial bill would exempt a workforce housing project from having to pass an adequate school facility test only if it was for fewer than 50 units, and if it was being funded through the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Only two Anne Arundel properties were awarded the credit in 2018, and only one was selected in 2019.
The bill would allow the proposed development — and others that also meet the conditions — to build anyway, by allowing them to exceed the county-determined School Utilization Chart school capacity limits by 3% for elementary and middle schools and 5% for high schools.
According to the article amendments supported by County Executive Pittman and passed by the Council clarify that only Low-Income Housing Tax Credit properties qualify for the exemption and require a deed restriction to prevent properties from converting back to market rate at a later date.
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