MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. – A new housing development planned in Montgomery County will provide homes for hundreds of families hoping to move to the New River Valley, while filling a critical shortage for housing in the area.
Monday night, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning of the Kipps Farm land off of Prices Fork Road.
The land is just around 100 acres and will be the site of the new Westhill Subdivision, which will feature townhomes, villas and single-family homes. The plan is to build the homes in the next five to eight years.
“There’s room for growth," said Darrell Sheppard, a supervisor in Montgomery County.
He said more housing has been a need the county’s had for years. The Kipps Farm land was even designated in the county’s comprehensive plan as an ideal area for growth.
“With growth comes people,” Sheppard said.
The county’s been growing leaps and bounds over recent years. Virginia Tech’s campus, medical, manufacturing and tech industries have all expanded. Realtor Amy Hudson, who owns the RE/MAX 8 in Blacksburg, said people want to live and work in the New River Valley, but there’s just not anywhere for them to live. She said that can be a turnoff for potential businesses and people looking to relocate to Montgomery County.
“If you spend two days with them and you drive them around and they don’t see a place that they want to live when they’re in town interviewing for the job, they won’t accept the job,” Hudson said.