Southwest Waterfront

The D.C. Council is scheduled to take up a bill Tuesday that would reduce the requirements for affordable housing in the redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront.

Called the Southwest Waterfront Redevelopment Clarification Act of 2010, the bill would change the existing law governing affordable housing on city-owned land at the Southwest Waterfront, exempting some residential construction from the mandate that 30 percent of the new housing be for low-income households.

The proposal, which limits affordable housing requirements to developments that total 500 units or less, has affordable housing and smart growth advocates crying foul.

“At a time when the city desperately needs to expand its stock of affordable housing, and when city-owned land offers the best economic opportunity to increase the supply of new units, this action would set a terrible precedent for all city-owned land,” said Cheryl Cort, policy director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

To read the bill online, click here.