LHOP partners with the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) to develop publications that help better define housing issues affecting Lancaster County and its economy, provide researched insight and thoughtful recommendations. Each time a publication is developed, a Steering Committee of community stakeholders is formed to guide the process from beginning to end to ensure a collaborative approach an that research and recommendations reflect the entire community.
One of the chief findings in the Lancaster County Housing Market Analysis (see below) completed at the end of 2013 is that with generational shifts in the demographics of our country, including here in Lancaster County, we have an increased demand for quality, affordable multi-family housing. That demand is driven by the two largest demographic populations in U.S. history (Baby Boomers and Millenials) converging on the same need and/or desire. Baby Boomers are downsizing and desire more maintenance free living and may be on fixed incomes and need more affordable housing. Millenials are just starting out and before putting roots down or able to qualify for a mortgage. This publication provides further information on the need and also dispels several myths about multi-family rental housing.
Lancaster County Housing Market Analysis (view full report)
In 2013 LHOP took the lead, with funding from the U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund, and commissioned the most comprehensive look at housing in Lancaster County ever conducted. With assistance from the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC), LHOP hired the team of Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Sarcinello Planning & GIS and Thomas Comitta Associates to complete the Lancaster County Housing Market Analysis and Needs Study.
The document provides an analysis of housing preferences and needs across the County, down to the municipal level, going into the future based on extensive data collected and a proprietary target market methodology developed by Laurie Volk. This methodology has been used by her firm across the country over the past two decades and provides a look at the future of housing not from a past demand examination, but from a forward looking analysis.
In addition to providing a large amount of facts and figures, the analysis revealed interesting demographic, market and economic trends and outlined several challenges that the County faces now and in the future. Housing affordability was raised as major concern in the Analysis. A significant mis-match between demand for rental opportunities by income versus supply of affordable rental housing exists today and could affect economic growth in the County.
- Housing Analysis Workshop Presentation Final
- Lancaster County Housing Analysis Summary of Findings
- Lancaster County Housing Analysis – Volk Presentation
As a result of the 2006 Housing Summit, private sector, public and non-profit leaders called for a deeper investigation of the impediments to housing affordability in Lancaster County. This document provides an understanding of the need for affordable housing, an overview of housing development regulations and an analysis of land use issues which affect housing type construction and affordability.
Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability is a follow up to the previously released document, An Analysis of Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability. The document provides incentives and recommendations to both increase housing affordability and the supply of affordable housing. Readers will find specific ordinance language that will encourage the production of affordable housing as well as innovative, but tested, zoning language that streamlines the conditional use process by integrating pertinent subdivision / land development and zoning requirements into a more seamless process.