Let us know how you think we can increase affordable home ownership in the City of Manassas and increase awareness of existing housing programs.

As part of this effort the Planning Commission has identified four ways we might increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities in the city:

1. Authorize a variety of housing types besides single family homes and townhomes to help with demand.

2. Adjust site and design standards to use property more efficiently while maintaining the overall look of the city.

3. Create a density bonus program that would reward those building vertical mixed-use development (buildings that are more than one story tall and have both residential and commercial uses) in the Mathis Avenue and Sudley Road (near the hospital) areas.

4. Authorize accessory dwelling units (smaller, independent residential dwelling units located on the same lot as an existing home) on a limited basis so that existing homeowners can age in place and/or receive supplemental income.

We appreciate your input on these 11 questions:

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* 1. What type of home do you live in?

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* 2. Do you rent your home or do you have a mortgage?

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* 3. How affordable is your monthly housing payment?

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* 4. Do you believe the available housing in the City of Manassas meets the needs of the community?

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* 5. Are you aware of any of the following housing assistance programs? Select all that apply:

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* 6. What housing types would you like to see in the City? Select all that apply.

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* 7. Would you support residences above ground floor stores/shops along Mathis Avenue?

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* 8. Which development items below would you support changing to allow for more flexible development? Select all that apply:

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* 9. Would you support any of the following ideas to address affordable homeownership? Select all that apply:

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* 10. Do you support allowing home owners to construct a second smaller (accessory) residence on the same property, either inside the existing home or detached from the existing home?

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* 11. What ideas and suggestions do you have to help increase affordable home ownership?

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