Virginia Democrat bill will eliminate suburban single-family housing zones

This is Democrat socialism-retribution and Agenda 21 all rolled into one tyrannical bill.

Elections have consequences.

Since last November 6’s election that gave control of Virginia’s entire state government to Democrats, the victors have been on a tear to impose gun control. See “Virginians form sanctuaries and militias against governor & state legislature gun grab“.

To the growing list of Virginia Democrats’ tyranny and malice should be added a bill that will change the character of quiet suburbs by overriding local zoning officials to legalize multi-family housing in every neighborhood currently zoned for single-family homes. 

On January 8, 2020, Virginia Assemblyman Ibraheem S. Samirah introduced House Bill no. 152 (HB-152), “A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a  section numbered 15.2-2292.2, relating to zoning two-family development on single-family lots,” which will change the suburbs by overriding local zoning officials to permit multi-family housing in all neighborhoods now zoned for single-family housing.

Born in Chicago, IL, of Palestinian parents, Ibraheem Samirah is a Democrat who was elected in February 2019 in a special election to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 86th district, which includes parts of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in suburban Washington, D.C. Samirah was re-elected to a full-term in November 2019.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. government had banned from the U.S. for a decade Samirah’s father, Jordanian refugee Sabri Samirah, in part because of his membership in the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group. (Daily Caller)

Below is the available text of HB 152:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 15.2-2292.2 as follows:

12§ 15.2-2292.2. Two-family development allowed on lots zoned for single-family use.

All localities adopting a zoning ordinance under the provisions of this article shall allow development or redevelopment of middle housing residential units upon each lot zoned for single-family residential use. For purposes of this section, “middle housing” means a two-family residential unit, including duplexes, townhouses, cottages, and any similar structure by whatever name it may be known. Such structures shall not require a special use permit or be subjected to any other local requirements beyond those imposed upon other authorized residential uses. Localities may regulate the siting, design, and environmental standards of middle housing residential units, including setback requirements, provided that the regulations do not, individually or cumulatively, discourage the development of all middle housing types permitted through unreasonable costs or delay. Nothing in this section shall prohibit local governments from permitting (i) single-family dwellings in areas zoned to allow for single-family dwellings, or (ii) middle housing in areas not required under this section.

What HB 152 doesn’t say is that its definition of “middle housing” as any two-family residential unit, includes public housingIn a tweet on December 22, 2019, Samirah telegraphed his intention to put public housing units in single-family housing zones:

Important Q [question] about new social/public housing programs: where are we going to put the units?

Under current zoning, new low-income housing is relegated to underinvested neighborhoods, concentrating poverty more.

Ending exclusionary zoning has to be part of broader housing reform.

Samirah’s purpose for HB 152 is two-pronged:

(1) Retribution against “most white and wealthy” Virginians who are not aligned with the Democratic Party:

Samirah told the Daily Caller, “Single-family housing zones would become two-zoned. Areas that would be impacted most would be the suburbs that have not done their part in helping out…. Those are the areas that the state is having significant trouble dealing with. They’re living in a bubble.”

(2) Socialism — racial and class equality:

In response to a question about whether people who bought homes in spacious suburbs have valid, non-discriminaton reasons for preferring to live that way — including a love for nature and desire to preserve woods and streams — Samirah wrote on Facebook: “Caring about nature is very important, but the more dense a neighborhood is, the more energy efficient it is. Because middle housing is what’s most affordable for low-income people and people of color, banning that housing in well-off neighborhoods chalks up to modern-day redlining, locking folks out of areas with better access to schools, jobs, transit, and other services and amenities. I will certainly get pushback for this. Some will call it ‘state overreach.’ Some will express anxiety about neighborhood change. Some may even say that the supply issue doesn’t exist. But the research is clear: zoning is a barrier to more housing and integrated communities.”

Tim Hannigan, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, told the Daily Caller HB 152 “could completely change the character of suburban residential life, because of the urbanization that would develop. So much of the American dream is built upon this idea of finding a nice quiet place to raise your family, and that is under assault. This is a power-grab to take away the ability of local communities to establish their own zoning practices … literally trying to change the character of our communities.”

Other cities and states have passed bills similar to Virginia’s HB 152, including Oregon; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Austin, Texas; and Seattle, Washington.

H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG
7 months ago

Between this and their gun grabbing, who in their right mind would want to move to this state? Insanity…

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
7 months ago

Ibraheem Samirah (a Chicago native – surprise, surprise) appears to be yet another DS operative. From his Wikipedia page:

“He opposes civility in politics, stating, ‘To the critics of incivility… I say it’s time to think critically about whom such decorum has traditionally served: the white, wealthy, and comfortable.’ ”

But I’m sure he got elected fair and square……..

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
7 months ago
Reply to  Lou Minati

That name should have been enough of a warning to any comprehending voter.

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
7 months ago

I’m so slow… I just caught this while reading my own comment. He said, and I paraphrase:

“To the critics… I say it’s time to think critically…”

That probably makes sense to libtards. I guess. Maybe it’s code. Circular thinking has always confused me. But then again, I’ve never taken a vaccine, so, you know…..

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Lou Minati

Yeah, libtards are masters of circularity and non sequiters. Someone once said to Bill Nye the “science” mutant that his atheistic views were subjective and he agreed – “Absolutely!” Gotta be the vaccines

Jackie Puppet
7 months ago

You think it should, but this country was stupid to elect Bathhouse Barry twice! 🤯

Kevin J Lankford
Kevin J Lankford
7 months ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

I never have believed there were/are enough blacks and ignorant whites to have legitimately elected the fraud obama.

Only the ignorant, traitorous liars, or cowards,….referred to obama as president.

William
William
7 months ago

And now The Nation is saying that “we” need to re-evaluate the ideal of private home ownership. To Save The Planet of course

https://realclimatescience.com/2019/12/a-clean-communist-paradise/

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Of Course!!!!!!!!!! Everything’s okay with virtue signaling. If you had told me 30 years ago that “virtue signaling” would be a thing in 2020, my first reaction would have been “WTF is ‘virtue signaling’? “My second reaction would have been to drop said virtue signaler where they stood. But I’ve matured. I’d never do that today. I guess. Well, maybe. Just kidding. Or not. Truth be told, I don’t suffer fools. I try. I really do. I mean well. I do. Okay… I admit it. I just can’t help calling out BS wherever I see it. But it’s okay. I’m… Read more »

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  Lou Minati

I don’t suffer fools either, but being misplaced here on Planet Moron, aka MA, it makes for a world of suffering. It just keeps getting worse, a pandemic of stooopid. Now a third of millennials think the earth is flat. They’ll actually argue that with you. No wonder they can’t locate the US on a world map. I mean..well, you know what I mean. As my friend Vinnie in Jersey used to say, there oughta be a law. Against stoopid

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Hate to be the one to break it to you William, but we’re on the precipice of banning plastic straws here in MA. I know, I know. But they know what’s best for us. Really, they do! Mylar balloons? Out! Plastic bags? Out (In many places)! Menthol cigarettes? Skoal? Out out out out OUT!!!!!! But it’s all good. I can still buy and grow weed. For personal use, of course. While I’m thinking about it though, and to your point, wouldn’t the USA be a better place if we had a voting eligibility test? Question 1: The earth is a)… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
chemtrailssuck
7 months ago
Reply to  William

Technically, we don’t exactly “own” our own property, we rent it from the state in the form of property taxes. Don’t pay your taxes and watch how easily they take “your” property.

William
William
7 months ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

There is a lady in this town who has lived in her house for 67 years, raised her family there. When her husband died she was reduced to living on his SS. So she got behind in her property taxes. She’s 90 years old and her only wish is to be able to die in her home. But the town wont let her, they’re taking it. Rage

Alma
Alma
7 months ago

Let me tell You, I have not set a foot in Cuba since May 1962; my brother lives there and he tells me public housing in a communist country is a rat hole. Buildings have 10-12 floors, elevators DO NOT work, no repair parts. Stairwells is the norm. Limited space, two windows, no air condition, lights on at night time off during the day, no hot water, gas stoves that use bottle gas similar to what I use for bbq. Overcrowded and when upstairs toilets don’t function it runs on down. There’s much more and worse. Don’t believe in Socialism,… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
7 months ago

I kinda blame the Republicans more, for NOT doing their due diligence in vetting his background & getting the word out during the campaign, before he got elected.

Lou Minati
Lou Minati
7 months ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

“Elected” seems to be the operative word here. If VA voters are that stupid, I guess they deserve what they got. But I think other “factors” are in play here.

But before you jump all over me, I’m from MA. VA voters got nothing on us. See Warren, Pocahontas.

I personally apologize to the rest of the country. Know it wasn’t my fault.

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
7 months ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

Since the Dems ran unopposed in some 30 races in VA, it’s a distinct possibility that this Musloid didn’t have any, either. If there’s no GOP contender, then the Dem wins every time…

skybill
skybill
7 months ago

Joseph Stalin was Right!!!!!!!!,”Everyone has the right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege!!!!!!” Iby Sami needs to go back to his Goat Farm, his wife needs him!!
skybill

Joseph Magil
Joseph Magil
7 months ago

United Nations Agenda 2030.

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
7 months ago

Unfortunately for VA, in some 30 races, the Dem ran UNOPPOSED; there was no GOP candidate on the ballot! Had those races been contested, then the election in VA would’ve been closer. Perhaps the GOP would have still controlled one house of the VA legislature, and thus be in a position to thwart the gun grab, Agenda 2030, etc.

TrailDust
Admin
7 months ago

Wow! Welcome to the demented world of UK politics, now here in America. American voters, please pray and vote wisely.