The Cherokee County Planning and Zoning Division has launched an online website and survey to solicit feedback on the county’s housing challenges and potential solutions.

The county hired Bleakly Advisory Group and completed a housing study in 2019, gathering input from county residents, employees, business owners and local officials to gain insight on housing preferences in the community.

“Homes make up a big part of Cherokee County,” Principal Planner Margaret Stallings said in a written statement. “It is critical that we have the right mix of homes to match the needs of our residents and those employed in the county. We need the community’s input to guide our housing initiatives.”

At the Dec. 1 meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, Bleakly Advisory Group President Geoff Koski shared the results of the housing study with county officials. The study found that Cherokee County needs more varied housing options in both size and price points. According to the study, new home prices increased from an average of $265,397 in 2013 to $390,928 in 2019, while the market is also showing a demand for more rental property. Based on 2019 data, single-family detached homes represent 82 percent of the county’s housing stock, while single-family attached units (townhouses) represent 4 percent, small multi-family buildings comprise 2 percent, large multi-family units are 8 percent and mobile homes (which also includes trailers, recreational vehicles and houseboats) make up 4 percent.

To help solicit feedback from the community, Cherokee County has partnered with the cities of Woodstock, Holly Springs and Canton, as well as the Atlanta Regional Commission, to host an online survey through the end of February. To participate, visit www.cherokeega.com/planning.

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