Blacksburg is moving the affordable housing conversation forward by announcing more community meetings for residents to share their concerns about the high cost of housing in town.
“When we were beginning our comprehensive plan update back in 2017 with the surveys, cost of housing was the number one concern of our residents so that really resonated with us,” said Matt Hanratty, assistant to the town manager.
“This is important.”
The initiative is called Building Better in Blacksburg, and it hopes to bring affordable housing to the area by incentivizing developers to build more eco-friendly homes.
Hanratty explains the trade-off is density, but cheaper housing for people moving to the area.
“It’s trending that more people are commuting in because it is more expensive,” said Hanratty.
“Virginia Tech is growing so that’s a concern for us. So the ability to provide additional affordable housing units is very worth while of a community conversation.”
The next community meeting is Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. in the Blacksburg Community Center on Patrick Henry Drive.