Tag: affordable housing

By Stefanie Jackson – When Northampton supervisors approved short-term rentals in any zoning district by right nearly three years ago, none predicted that renting out homes to tourists would reduce the availability of affordable housing to residents, but that may now be reality, a concerned citizen has suggested. Exmore business...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Northampton planning commission, at the direction of the board of supervisors, has opened a discussion on affordable housing and promoting it through changes to the county zoning ordinance. Dixon Leatherbury, chairman of the board of supervisors, had suggested the assignment after reading an article called...
By Stefanie Jackson – Cape Charles hit a bump in the road when the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) rejected the town’s initial proposal to convert Mason Avenue’s back-in parking to pull-in parking, but there’s still a chance for the project to be approved, Town Manager John Hozey said...
By Stefanie Jackson – A new technology for building affordable housing – a giant 3D printer – could be coming to the Eastern Shore and may be introduced to local residents later this year or early in 2022 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the New Road community’s latest housing...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission (A-NPDC) will receive a $1 million grant from Virginia Housing, the not-for-profit formerly known as the Virginia Housing Development Authority, which recently announced a total of $40 million for Virginia’s 21 planning district commissions. The grants will be awarded through the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton citizen Ken Dufty has advocated for a group of his peers who believe their concerns were ignored in the drafting of the county’s updated comprehensive plan, and he has made a last-ditch effort to make their voices heard as supervisors prepare to take final...
By Stefanie Jackson – The New Road Community Development Group and its first executive director, the late Ruth Wise, made Eastern Shore history in the 1990s when they advocated for families in Exmore’s historically Black community of New Road, enabling low-income families to purchase affordable homes and getting running...
By Stefanie Jackson – An Alabama professor of architecture introduced a different way of thinking about what makes housing affordable when he spoke at the Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition’s second annual housing summit held online Sept. 25. Rusty Smith, of Auburn University in east Alabama, is a director of...
By Stefanie Jackson – Five candidates for the Cape Charles town council participated in an online forum May 9 and explained their positions on numerous issues including the struggling town harbor, tourism, jobs, and affordable housing. The participating candidates were Steve Bennett, a current town councilman who holds degrees in...