City’s Strategic Housing Plan involves mix of short- and long-term goals to meet the need for housing across all income levels
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City’s Planning Commission met Thursday morning to review and discuss the City’s Strategic Housing Plan.
The goal of the plan is to guide opportunities and affordability, and aims to identify and implement strategies for the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Rapid City. Defining affordable housing as thirty-percent or less of household income, the Strategic Housing Plan involves a mix of short-term and long-term goals to meet the need for housing across all income levels in the city.
In the short-term the Planning Commission will present two draft ordinances to the Council – one of which will provide a little flexibility for developers navigating zoning guidelines.
“That introduces a new tool to evaluate an affordable housing project and potentially allow for some relief where development might have trouble meeting all the regulations in the zoning code. So maybe they need a slight break on parking or lot size, open space…factors similar as that,” said Sarah Hanzel, RC Planning Projects Manager.
The plan is now scheduled for next Wednesday’s City Council Working Session and the April 5 meeting of the full Council.
You can find a link to view the City’s Strategic Housing Plan HERE.