How was the legislation on Workforce Housing developed?
The 2007 Comprehensive Development Plan Update identified the shortage of affordable housing, particularly in new growth areas of the county, as a concern. The state, particularly the Delaware State Housing Authority, encouraged the county to address this shortage in the plan and several strategies were incorporated, including the development of inclusionary housing legislation.

When the workforce housing legislation was drafted, it was widely disseminated to housing providers, developers, the civic community and state agencies for input. Public meetings were also held to solicit feedback. As with any other amendment to the Unified Development Code, the legislation was on the agendas for the Planning Board public hearing and later for New Castle County Council.

Workforce Housing Program

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1. What is Workforce Housing?
2. What is the Workforce Housing Program?
3. How was the legislation on Workforce Housing developed?
4. Shouldn’t the free market best determine what housing gets built at what price?
5. Where can Workforce Housing communities be located?
6. How does the legislation encourage builders to participate?
7. Will workforce units look different than other homes in the neighborhood?
8. Can an eligible family buy one of the workforce units, then rent it out to someone else to make money?
9. Does the public still have the opportunity to comment on workforce housing projects?
10. Can a workforce housing project be approved in an area where the roads can’t handle it?