Affordable & market-rate housing; DHCD to evaluate growing demand. (HB2053)

Introduced By

Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Housing and Community Development; stakeholder advisory group; accessory dwelling units. Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) to convene a stakeholder advisory group to evaluate the construction of internal, attached, and detached accessory dwelling units as a strategy to address the Commonwealth's growing demand for affordable and market-rate housing. The bill requires the stakeholder advisory group to report its findings, including any legislative recommendations, to the Director of the Department, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the commissioners of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and the Virginia Housing Commission no later than November 1, 2021, and allows a possible extension but to no later than November 1, 2022. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102679D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/19/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2053)
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 3-N)
01/29/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment(s) (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/29/2021Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/02/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/03/2021Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104312D-H1
02/03/2021Read first time
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns amendment rejected
02/04/2021Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 21104312D-H1
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2053H1
02/05/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/05/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2053H1)
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/22/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 3-N)
02/24/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/25/2021Read third time
02/25/2021Passed Senate (22-Y 17-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2053ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/17/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2053ER)
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 411 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0411)


Laura Dely writes:

Virginia must step up and find a way to end the whites-only policies that allow the wealthy to build and buy homes in areas with transportation infrastructure, and excellent public schools. Those same areas restrict affordable home construction. The government should commit to overcoming latent racism that is expressed in the resulting local housing policies.
Instead, we must all embrace the common good and ask ourselves if we serve it in our Jim Crow Housing Practices across the Commonwealth. HB 2053 is a wonderful start toward this ideal.