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The City of Danville’s Information Technology Department, in collaboration with the Community Development Department’s Division of Housing & Development, has created an interactive “story map” that provides a comprehensive view of Danville’s housing landscape.
Called the “Housing Navigator,” the map includes information on housing demand and sales, available parcels for development, revitalization efforts, and services. Data is updated on a regular basis.
The site was designed by Brady Walker, a GIS specialist in the Information Technology Department.
“Interest in the city’s housing situation has grown exponentially, yet vital information has been spread across disparate sources,” said Walker, noting that a housing strategy report in 2022 underscored the need for hundreds of new single-family homes and thousands of apartments to accommodate both pent-up and future housing demands. “Our goal for the Housing Navigator was to create a repository of housing resources that empowers residents, businesses, and developers with the prudent information to make informed decisions toward meeting those demands.”
Susan McCulloch, division director for Housing & Development, said the story map is an innovative way to reach out to residents and developers.
"The Housing Navigator showcases services, resources, and development needs in an easy-to-navigate format with interesting charts and interactive features,” she said. “What a great project and idea to inform the community and entice residential developers to Danville."
This new application walks users through these main areas of interest: