Rapid City planners going smaller for affordable housing developments

RAPID CITY, SD— Tiny homes are not just a fad or an ‘HGTV’ show. Rapid City planners are looking to incorporate them, and/or garden homes, into their strategic housing plan.

Currently, ordinance is not tailored for tiny homes or garden homes. During ‘Coffee with Planners’ on Wednesday, the public was invited to listen to Vicki Fisher, of Community Planning and Development, discuss the positives and negatives of these home designs and give feedback on the idea.

One drawback addressed was maintaining the affordability of these types of homes during housing market changes, or even when a new homeowner comes into the picture.

“So without certain provisions being put into place or certain regulations into the future a development, a home, or a lot that is created to be affordable could turn into an un-affordable situation,” said Ken Young, Director of Community Planning and Development. “With the future improvements and sets that will be put into place and perhaps without some type of Homeowner Association control or something. They could get out of hand that way.”

Though there are no tiny home developments quite yet, Young believes that Shepherd Hill shows potential, along with a few other locations East of town.

 

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