UPDATED July 1, 2020:

Focus Group on Rental Properties Near the College

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The Focus Group was an ad hoc advisory panel, created at the request of city council to explore and discuss community issues surrounding the use of houses in predominately single family neighborhoods located close to the College of William and Mary for rental housing, particularly for off-campus housing. The Focus Group met weekly beginning February 2009 and reported back to the city council and the community in June 2009.

Meeting Dates & Locations
Dates:         Weekly on Thursday evenings February 19 - April 30, 2009 (see dates below)
Time:           7:30 - 9 p.m.
Location:     City Municipal Building's 3rd Floor Conference Room, 401 Lafayette Street
Additional meetings or changes in time or location will be noted below

Agendas and Minutes

Meeting datE


supporting materials &
Feb. 16, 2009, 7-9pm Available

Focus Group Ground Rules


Feb. 19, 2009, 7:30-9pm


Powerpoint Presentation (75pp.)
Handouts (10pp.)
College Town Life/Occupancy Limits (13pp.)


Feb. 26, 2009, 7:30-9pm


Public Comments emailed as of Feb. 26 (4pp.)
Comments from FG Member Dell (3pp.)

Mar. 5, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available Proposed 4-person rule
2008-2009 W&M Student Handbook
College of W&M Alcohol Policy
Western Washington University Initiatives
West. Wash. Univ. Summer '07 Newsletter
Link to all West. Wash. Univ. Newsletters
Mar. 12, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available Daily Press article on CNU & neighborhood
Daily Press follow up column March 4
Mar. 19, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available N/A Available
Mar. 26, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available N/A Available
Apr. 2, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available Sub-Group Recommendations Available
Apr. 9, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available CNU Honor Code
CNU Neighborhood Relations Committee
Apr. 16, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available Bill Talley Proposal
Bill Dell Proposal
Apr. 23, 2009, 7:30-9pm Available Focus Group Draft Proposal
FG Draft Proposal with Bill Dell's Comments
College of William & Mary Recommendations
Apr. 30, 2009, 7:30-9pm (canceled) N/A N/A N/A
May 15, 2009 Focus Group Report Presented to City Council

Member List


  • Bill Dell (Jamestown Road area homeowner)
  • Nick Fitzgerald (Student, off-campus renter, Jamestown Road area)
  • Michael Fox (College of William & Mary)
  • Greg Granger (Homeowner & rental property owner)
  • Gail McCord (Richmond Road area homeowner)
  • Carolyn Murphy (City of Williamsburg)
  • Doug Pons (Williamsburg Planning Commission)
  • Tracy Shackelford (Matoaka Court area homeowner)
  • Bill Talley (College Terrace area homeowner)
  • David Witkowsky (Student Assembly member, on-campus housing)
  • William “Bill” Porter (Facilitator)
  • Kaitlin Keller (Recorder)