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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City unveils housing progress and plans

  • The city explained its current plan to address McPherson’s housing issues at the Municipal Building Monday evening.
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  • The city explained its current plan to address McPherson’s housing issues at the Municipal Building Monday evening.
    A key element was the potential use of Rural Housing Incentive Districts.
    The Rural Housing Incentive Districts program helps Kansas cities with populations less than 40,000 and counties with a total population of less than 60,000 to receive developer aid through public improvement assistance.
    The program captures 100 percent of the incremental increase in property taxes due to the housing development for up to 15 years.
    Districts are defined by a city or county government, and are based on a housing needs analysis.
    The program provides assistance with property infrastructure such as site preparation, sanitary and storm sewers, street work, street lights, sidewalks, water mains and extensions and sidewalks, among others.
    The city’s tentative plan is for a Nov. 18 resolution to include the areas that could be considered applicable for application.
    If the city was to receive a positive response from the state Department of Commerce by the first week of January, it would pass another resolution announcing a public hearing regarding the project to occur within 30 to 70 days. This resolution will also include a development agreement and project plan. The city hopes to have this step done by Feb. 10 2014.
    After that, the city would be required to pass an ordinance creating the district. The city has tentatively scheduled bringing such an ordinance to be voted on for March 17.
    Should neither the county nor the school district take action against the ordinance for 30 days, the district will be created, by this timeline, on April 17, with construction to potentially start May 15.
    The city is also heavily weighing involvement in
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