A key tenet of the Harrisonburg City Council’s Vision & Priorities plan is: Available Housing for All. One objective of this priority was to complete a comprehensive housing plan.
To address this objective, the City contracted with Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc., in July 2020 to partner with staff on the citywide Comprehensive Housing Assessment and Market Study. The initial draft of this study includes data on demographics; economic conditions; homeownership market; rental housing market; students and student housing; housing with supportive services; current programs, organizations, and projects; trends and needs; financial gaps; and barriers. Recommendations based on nationwide best practices to address the housing concerns are also included in the study.
In addition to the recommendations, the study provides an analysis of affordability for homeownership and renting throughout all population and income segments of the City, details current demographics and housing stock, and analyzes barriers preventing the market from effectively responding to the housing demands.
City officials hope the study provides a better understanding of the local housing market and that the recommendations assist the entire community in working together to make improvements for all current and future Harrisonburg residents.
Virtual Public Meeting, Public Survey and Comment Period
City staff and Mullin & Lonergan hosted a virtual public meeting on Thursday, November 19 to present findings of the initial draft of the City’s Comprehensive Housing Assessment & Market Study and received comments and questions from the public.
Community members may provide comments in the following ways:
- Take the online survey
- Leave voicemails with comments at 540-433-1390
The survey and phone number will remain active until Thursday, December 3, at 5:00pm.
Materials will be translated upon request by contacting Director of Community Development Adam Fletcher at Adam.Fletcher@harrisonburgva.gov or 540-432-7700.
- July through October 2020 - Data gathering and stakeholder engagement
- November 19, 2020 - Public meeting to discuss assessment and market study and seek public input
- November 18-December 3, 2020 - Public survey and comment period
- January 2021 - Presentation to City Council
Questions? Contact Adam Fletcher, Director of Community Development at Adam.Fletcher@harrisonburgva.gov or 540-432-7700.