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Overly rosy or ‘doom and gloom?’ Council candidates offer different views of Hburg, but find some agreement

Even as city council candidates painted different pictures of Harrisonburg, the five contenders on the Nov. 8 ballot found some common ground Wednesday when it came to the role of police, and specifically in supporting diversity among the ranks. 

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Parks and city beautification make the cut in council’s top 5 priorities for spending Rescue Plan Act funds

After months of public meetings and discussions, the Harrisonburg City Council landed on five main priorities for spending more than $20 million in federal funds and will now task city staff with vetting specific projects. 

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Residents want ARPA funds to help with housing, health and child care

Affordable housing, robust mental and physical health care and accessible child care for working families are Harrisonburg residents’ top three needs that could be addressed using the city’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. 

Seeking to be ‘strategic’ and ‘flexible,’ council greenlights two more developments

In the latest in a series votes on developments, council members on Tuesday unanimously approved zoning changes for a commercial development at the edge of town on North Main Street and an apartment complex on Chicago Avenue. 

Proposed development would address shortages for low-income home buyers, renters

The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is hoping to address a shortage of affordable housing for low-income and first-time homebuyers with a new development off Erickson Avenue and Garbers Church Road, across from Harrisonburg High School.

With some reluctance, council approves 156-unit development

As the Harrisonburg City Council continues to grapple with the area’s housing crisis, the latest proposal for a multi-unit development demonstrates how difficult it can be for new homes to be built in the city.

Council approves allowing affordable housing development on Lucy Drive

The Harrisonburg City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday night for a proposed affordable apartment complex on Lucy Drive — another development councilmembers say they hope might ease the city’s housing crunch.

Could ending single-family-only zoning ease city’s housing crunch?

City officials say one way to allow for more affordable housing in Harrisonburg could potentially be another zoning change — one that makes it easier for developers to build duplexes in town. 

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