Tag: Harrisonburg housing crunch

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Amid Harrisonburg’s housing evolution, some neighbors play zone defense

Two visions about the future of housing in Harrisonburg have been colliding in a neighborhood tucked between JMU’s ever expanding East Campus and the heavily-traveled Port Republic Road corridor. 

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City leaders pulling together ideas to address ‘nightmare’ for those experiencing homelessness

On warm spring and summer nights, the outlines of several people bedded down for the night are plainly visible outside Our Community Place. Many of those experiencing homelessness in Harrisonburg don’t have a lot of options for places to sleep, so they tuck themselves into quiet corners and shadows.

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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.

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Council seeks to address housing crunch by creating new zone for smaller lots, approves first 3 Airbnb properties

The city council took steps to address Harrisonburg’s housing and real estate environment Tuesday night with the approval of a new zoning district for single family houses to go on smaller lots and gave the green light to the first three special permits to operate Airbnbs in the city.

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Amid housing crunch, council approves request for major apartment complex along Port Republic Rd. corridor

A six-story apartment building cleared a key hurdle and could soon spring up on Peach Grove Avenue near the intersection with Port Republic Road.

In the grip of Harrisonburg’s housing crunch, some families keep getting squeezed

When Shannon Porter, executive director of Mercy House, pictures someone who’s homeless, the mental image that springs to his mind isn’t a loner with gray hair and well-worn wrinkles.  

Could new zoning changes for housing ease the squeeze? Harrisonburg’s about to have that debate

The way Harrisonburg zones for new housing could change drastically over the next several years as city leaders wrestle with their approach to new developments. And early signs of those changes are starting this month.

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