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Council takes next step toward major re-routing of University Boulevard

With an eye toward improving the ability to get around Harrisonburg, the City Council gave the go-ahead for the Department of Public Works to seek state grant money for a pair of projects on different sides of town — a major re-routing of University Boulevard east of JMU’s campus and construction of sidewalks on the north part of Main Street.

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Before a new season of college parties, city council tightens noise ordinance

In time for college students’ return to Harrisonburg for the fall, the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the noise ordinance aimed at massive parties. The new amendments include tightening restrictions on party organizers from getting a new permit if they become repeat offenders — either for noise or underage drinking.    

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With no secure place for homeless people to sleep, city council and residents again grapple with how to help them

Council members, local nonprofit staff and residents aired their concerns Tuesday over where Harrisonburg’s homeless residents spend their nights. 

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So. Many. Cats. Council learns why local shelter is overflowing with felines. Mayor also plans housing forum and council shifts end-of-year funds at meeting

The council learned Tuesday that at least one population in the city saw steep increase recently. 

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Short-term rentals like Airbnbs are causing long-term concerns and even longer public meetings

As Harrisonburg continues its experiment with how to regulate Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals, the planning commission — and city council — are now wrestling with how to fairly decide who gets a permit and how to do so efficiently and with the fewest unintended consequences.

Glut of short-term rental applications could keep planning commission burning the midnight oil

The most recent planning commission agenda packet – containing a first batch of short-term rental special use permit applications – was so large that it broke the city website, eventually had to be uploaded in three parts, and pushed the commission’s meeting well past midnight.

City spending on incarceration continues to climb

Harrisonburg’s total cost to prosecute, try and incarcerate people has risen by $1.8 million – roughly 29 percent – over the past five years, according to city finance documents.

Amid concerns about potential citizenship question, area leaders make case for how and why the Census counts

For every member of the community who doesn’t participate in the upcoming census, Harrisonburg could miss out on $2,000 in federal funding. That’s the message Census Bureau officials are taking across the country, including to Harrisonburg.

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