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It's been a busy summer for VAMA's Legislative Committee.  All of the news of evictions led the VA Housing Commission to setup an eviction sub-work group.  VAMA Lobbyist, Brian Gordon, held a seat on the task force and the Legislative Committee worked diligently to come up with compromises on 5 bills that the sub-work group recommended the full Commission adopt to send to the General Assembly in 2019.  The link below provides a synopsis of the 5 bills that all have agreed upon and a 6th bill on which a compromise could not be reached.  The synopsis of the 6th bill is the VAMA preferred version, however, discussions are still underway for future compromises.
The Roanoke Lynchburg Regional Apartment Council, a division of the Virginia Apartment Management Association, hosted our awards program last week on November 30th. RLRAC's Star Awards recognizes excellence in the field of property management. Each year, groups of out-of-town judges tour area communities and interview team members, and have recognized the following apartment communities and staff as leaders in the field of property management.
The link leads to a press release from Senator Kaine's office.  This bill has been introduced and Senator Kaine is trying to get it passed prior to the end of the year.  If you want to maintain your right to decide whether or not to participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program please contact Senator Kaine and let him know.   
Charlottesville plans to ask the General Assembly for permission to require inclusionary zoning measures.  
Faith groups often have more land than money but some are partnering with local government to build low income housing on their land.
First Atlantic Restoration Inc
Belfor USA
Build Your Skills
Will self-guided tours replace the traditional tour?  Experts say yes - it is just a matter of time.
Some communities are turning a chore we all hate into an income stream.  Find out how!
Calendar Highlights
CVAA 12/19/18 Holiday Cocktail Party
CVAA 1/8/19 Fair Housing Certification
CVAA 1/9/19: R-22 CFC Certification/608 Universal Certification
BRAC 1/11/19 Morning Coffee
BRAC 1/16/19 Supplier-Only Happy Hour
VRHC 1/17/19 Morning Motivator (Waynesboro)
CVAA 1/18/19 RAMMY Awards Ceremony
VRHC 1/22/19 Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Course
Save the Date:
VAMA Lobby Day - January 31
NAA Advocate - Lobby Day in D.C. - March 5-6

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Development News
RRHA has announced a plan to sell its public housing stock to private entities with promises of perpetual vouchers.
A low income housing development will have to wait at least a year to begin construction as the developer reapplies for LIHTC financing.  
Charlottesville's Public Housing Authority plans to spend $65.5 million in phase one construction.
A developer has requested that a portion of Chamberlayne Avenue be rezoned for multifamily development.  No details regarding plans after the zoning change have been disclosed. 
A Roanoke developer would like to transform a vacant building into 20 studio apartments that are only 283 square feet.  While the space is small, the rent matches; planned at $430 per month.
An abandoned hotel in Scott's Addition was purchased for $8 Million and developers Louis Salomonsky and David White plan a large mixed-use development.
Developers are planning a small development to start and have long-term goals of a $20-25 Million future development.