UPDATE: Del. Chris Hurst introduces bill to limit student housing in Blacksburg, expand reach for long-term residents

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Editor’s note: WFXR News updated this article to reflect additional information on how the bill would affect long-term residents through new developments.

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – Delegate Chris Hurst (D-12th District) has introduced a bill to be discussed during the General Assembly’s 2021 session that effectively would limit where students can stay in the Town of Blacksburg.

House Bill 1863 reads the Blacksburg Town Council would be “authorized to accept, as part of residential re-zonings, voluntary proffered conditions that would limit or prohibit occupancy by undergraduate students or persons under the age of 23, unless such persons are part of a family.”

HB 1863 indicates the Town of Blacksburg has a “signficant shortage of housing for its long-term residents.”

The bill would allow developers to have the opportunity to appear before Town Council to determine where developments for long-term residents can be constructed.

View the full bill, proposed by Del. Hurst below.

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