MRVPD works with community groups, non-profits, and government agencies to “provide access to safe, affordable and energy efficient housing for current and prospective residents” (MRV Vision Statement).
We engage in efforts to analyze housing assets and needs, while providing planning assistance and resources to achieve community goals. Lack of access to affordable housing has been a growing challenge in the Mad River Valley for many years. Affordable and well-located housing brings a number of critical community benefits, including building social capital and economic development.
A partner organization of the MRVPD, the Mad River Valley Housing Coalition (MRV HC), employs data and works to guide and aid community-driven housing initiatives in the Mad River Valley.
The 2020 Mad River Valley Housing Demand & Market Analysis provides a measured assessment of present and future unmet housing demand based on Mad River Valley-specific supply and demand factors. The report, authored by Doug Kennedy Advisors (DKA), is the result of a partnership between the Mad River Valley Planning District and the towns of Waitsfield, Warren, and Fayston. This effort was initiated in response to community dialogues that identified a lack of quantitative data about local housing needs and market demand, and builds off of existing housing data that can be found in the 2017 MRV Housing Study and the annual MRV Data Reports.
In collaboration with the MRV Housing Coalition, MRVPD hosted At Home In The Valley: MRV Affordable Housing Talk Series in October 2020. Presentations focused on:
- MRV Housing Gap
- Smart Growth in Small Towns
- Creating Subsidized Housing in Vermont
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
- Housing Trust Funds
The 2017 MRV Housing Study gives a broad understanding of our current housing situation and needs, while guiding a multifaceted approach to increase affordable housing to support future economic growth and ensure long-term viability in the Mad River Valley.