Housing is one of the most basic components of any community. It plays a significant role in a community’s physical and social environment from providing shelter to building neighborhood connections.
During the creation of Reimagining Our Westmoreland, when asked for top housing priorities, residents across the county clearly expressed townhomes, apartments, and condominiums as a top priority. When asked about their perceptions of housing needs in the county, the overwhelming response was that we needed to add a mixture of housing options. Additionally, the location of these options are important as residents voiced strong support for better transportation choices, whether that was by car, train, bus, bike, or foot.
Despite residents’ reported housing priorities, the data shows that since 2000, there has been a higher percent increase in single-family housing units compared to townhomes, apartments, and condominiums, 78%, and 22% respectively.
Through the Planning District process and plan implementation, the Central Planning District will analyze historical trends and assess community growth projections to identify potential strategies to address short-term and long-term housing needs while reflecting the needs, wants, and priorities of residents.
The first meeting is on January 27th, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Municipal officials are invited to RSVP here.