City to complete a community-wide housing study

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 16:15

This year, the City of Winchester, in partnership with RKG Associates, will complete a both city-wide Housing Study and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy for the North End area. The target completion date is by December 31, 2021.

The housing study, requested by City Council in 2020, will include a review and/or analysis of the following:

  1. City's housing stock, demographics and economic characteristics
  2. Demand gap pertaining to both owner occupied and rental housing units
  3. City policies and ordinances relating to housing development
  4. Economic factors influencing the development of all types of housing within the city

“Our hope that at the end of this process, we will not only have a clearer picture of our current housing supply and demand, but also how the City should responsibly grow from years to come,” stated Development Services Director, Shawn Hershberger.

The final component of the project will be to complete a neighborhood revitalization strategy focused on a targeted area in Winchester’s North End. A steering committee made up of residents will be responsible for determining the study’s recommendations. The recommendations from the study could focus on economic development, housing issues, infrastructure, public spaces, or other topics. The priority focus will be recommendations that can be tied to the City of Winchester’s annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Citizen input will also have a major role in determining the direction of the recommendations.

“The neighborhood revitalization strategy will help guide the long-term use of CDBG funds and their ability to make a positive impact in the targeted area,” added Mr. Hershberger.