After years of stalled progress on the city’s most ambitious affordable-housing strategy, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) plans to introduce a resolution to the D.C. Council on Tuesday designed to fix the troubled New Communities Initiative.

The resolution is intended to provide a new sense of accountability and transparency to the 9-year-old project, according to city officials familiar with it.

According to a draft of the resolution, the city would have one year to select four “master developers” to oversee redevelopment efforts near the Temple Courts housing project and the Park Morton housing complex in Northwest Washington; at Lincoln Heights in Northeast; and at Barry Farm in Southeast. Those developers — two of whom have been chosen — would have four months to seek community input and come up with “realistic timelines and financing plans.”

City staff would then be required to submit progress reports to the council to ensure that the strategy stays on track.

As he nears the end of his term, Gray wants to make sure he addresses the issue, said Christopher Murphy, the mayor’s chief of staff. Gray helped engineer the strategy to include Lincoln Heights when he was a council member representing Ward 7.

“New Communities is important to him,” Murphy said. “He wants a part of his legacy to be a path forward for this project, to make sure it’s done and done right.”

Launched nearly a decade ago, New Communities was supposed to solve the problem of redeveloping troubled areas without displacing residents. Under the plan, the city committed to preserving every unit of public housing in the four neighborhoods while adding housing options for the working class and the affluent. Old buildings were to be torn down and residents dispersed into new, mixed-income units. City officials ventured into communities to persuade skeptical residents that the city had no intention of displacing them, as it had done in urban renewal efforts during the 1960s.

But nine years later, the program has stalled and most of the residents who were supposed to benefit are still living in decrepit housing. Residents had been promised that more than 1,300 units would be built to replace their homes. So far, about 200 have been produced.

After Washington Post stories that revealed missteps by the city and the housing authority, Gray commissioned an independent review to assess the project. The review concluded that the initiative was underfunded and “overly optimistic.”

About a month ago, city officials discussed ideas to fix New Communities with representatives from the city’s housing authority. Together, the group hashed out ideas that became the resolution, said Kimberly King, director of the city’s New Communities Initiative.

If approved,the resolution will nullify previous timelines — last year, the city extended the completion date from 2015 to 2023 — until all of the developers are chosen. But King emphasized that the city remained committed to maintaining the amount of low-income housing in each of the four neighborhoods, as well as adding more for the working class.

“New Communities is about preservation,” King said. “In all of these neighborhoods, there will be more affordable housing when we are done than there is today.”

Still, it is unclear how such a drastic change from an outgoing mayor might fare with the council. The most outspoken critic of Gray’s handling of the housing strategy has been his successor, Muriel E. Bowser (D-Ward 4), who vowed during her mayoral campaign to fix New Communities.

The mayor-elect has not seen a copy of Gray’s proposal, Bowser’s legislative director Rob Hawkins said.

The city also must find a way to build trust among neighborhood residents, many of whom are skeptical about officials’ ability to carry out the plans.

Patricia Malloy, a proponent of the plan to redevelop Lincoln Heights, greeted news of the retooled strategy with a sigh:

“I’ll believe it when it happens,” she said. “At this point, I’ve lost all faith.”