Cherokee County has launched an online survey to help nail down the supply of and demand for affordable housing as part of its ongoing housing study.

County officials announced Thursday afternoon that residents, business owners and people who work in Cherokee County, but live elsewhere will be able to complete an online survey, sharing with officials their concerns regarding housing and what they might like to see moving forward.

People can take the survey here:

According to a news release, the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey will ask all participants about their current housing circumstances, their reasons for living, or not living, in Cherokee County and their ideal housing costs and preferences.

“We hear a lot about the need for workforce housing,” Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston said in the release. “The study will attempt to scientifically quantify how much housing is there, and how much is needed.”

During Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting, Principal Planner Margaret Stallings said the purpose of this plan is to understand the current state of housing across the county, learn about concerns residents and others have, and educate the public. Stallings also explained that, during the study to put together the county’s comprehensive plan in 2018, housing kept coming up as a key issue voiced by area residents and other stakeholders involved.

“It can be difficult to attract employers if there is inadequate housing,” she said.

Once the survey has closed and all the results have been tallied, Stallings said the plan is to have an assessment document back before the board of commissioners in the late spring.

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