Culpeper County, and they are inquiring how a similar
report can be completed for their area.”
Culpeper County may have been the first county to
complete a comprehensive plan for housing by partnering with local REALTORS® and university experts,
but it isn’t alone. Similar efforts are underway southeast
of Culpeper County in the tidewater area of Virginia’s
east coast. The Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® has collaborated with James City County and
the College of William and Mary on research that is
developing a similar housing report. In Newport News,
the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® is
working with municipal planners and local Christopher
Newport University to review and revise comprehensive housing plans. Both research efforts are possible
thanks to NAR grants.
News of the successful partnership continues to spread.
Fauquier County, located adjacent to Culpeper County,
was also recently awarded a NAR grant to conduct its
own study. And the independent cities of Williamsburg
and Hampton have expressed strong interest in apply-
ing for grants and conducting their own studies.
“We’re grateful that NAR continues to support this process in other communities,” Gaston explained. “These are
all different communities and each grant is unique to
the community, but the needs are universal. Each grant
and report is different, but the goals are the same.”
Local stakeholders frequently share common goals.
In Virginia, local leaders have learned that community
partnerships make it possible for those stakeholders
and policy makers to capitalize on local expertise,
gain access to housing data that otherwise wouldn’t be
available and facilitate reliable, independent research.
That’s an approach that will not only provide a long
view of housing, but empowers future collaborations
and will enable long-term growth and prosperity.
Photo by Kim Atkins