Harrisonburg City Council unanimously approves requests for townhomes on Pleasant Hill Road

The townhomes will be divided into 16 units.
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:18 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - At Tuesday’s meeting, Harrisonburg City Council heard several requests for special use permits throughout the Friendly City.

Council heard three separate requests for the 116 Pleasant Hill Road property.

The first request was to rezone the property from R-2 to R-8C.

The second was to allow a special use permit for townhome parcels to be built on the property, but no more than eight units.

The last request was to preliminarily divide the townhomes into 16 units.

The property along 116 Pleasant Hill Road is almost an acre of land and is next to multi-family housing.

During public comment, those speaking on behalf of the project said the rezoning of the location will allow for more housing density and help tackle housing demand in the city.

“Our client, among most of us, basically over the last year or two with the pandemic, we see a very apparent demand for housing inventory,” one community member said.

Some community members have expressed concern on the entrance to the property.

Those speaking for the project said there could potentially be updates to the entrance in the future.

Council unanimously approved all three requests for the townhomes.

Council also approved a special use permit for a restaurant at 256 Charles Street and a revised “Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program” for the Sunset Heights Neighborhood.

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