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Fair Housing and Workforce Housing Legislation

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, along with four County Council cosponsors, introduced the first two bills of a major housing initiative, which were heard at the County Council meeting on July 1st.
“Anne Arundel County has seen a boom in luxury housing construction that has left young people, seniors, and regular working folks with nowhere to go,” said County Executive Pittman. “This County Council knows that it’s time to act, and our fair housing and workforce housing bills are a great start.”  
The Council passed Bill 54-19 in a 4-3 vote at the July 1st meeting. The bill will expand opportunities to create workforce housing in the county. Workforce housing is defined as housing that is affordable to households earning 60 to 100 percent of the area median income. Currently, workforce housing is only allowed in the county by special exception within the zoning code. In 2015, the County Council, by a 4-3 vote, further limited workforce housing by removing it from several residential zoning classifications.
The new legislation will change workforce housing from a special exception use to a conditional use, and allow it in medium density residential (R5) zones, as well as mixed use zones, and certain commercial and industrial zones. Read our fact sheet to learn more about why Anne Arundel County needs this legislation.
The Council also heard Bill 55-19, which will establish a fair housing ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on “age, ancestry, citizenship, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, occupation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or source of income.” The Council was not able to vote on this legislation before midnight, and will continue their discussion on the bill at the next County Council meeting on July 15th.
To learn more about each of these affordable housing bills, please view the fact sheets below.