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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • City discusses rental housing incentives program

  • The City Commission laid out the current draft of its plan for creating a Rural Housing Incentive District.
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  • The City Commission laid out the current draft of its plan for creating a Rural Housing Incentive District.
    In a non-finalized draft of a current in-progress resolution, the city would focus its development program toward multi-family rental development. Preference would be given to properties that create more livable units of both affordable and market rent categories.
    Seventy percent of units developed in a development project would be required to include high density multi-family housing rental units, defined as a building containing three or more units.
    The remaining 30 percent could be duplexes or single family units available for rent or ownership.
    The city would require single family or two-family homes built in conjunction with multi-family buildings to be built to affordability standards, and any development would have to add at least 20 units per district.
    Consideration also may be given to lower density options such as duplexes and single family units should they take advantage of other programs that require affordable rent structures such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program offered through the Kansas Housing Corporation.
    The Rural Housing Incentive Districts Program is designed to aid developers in building housing within communities by assisting in the financing of public improvements.
    The city is seeking and welcomes input on its housing plan as it develops.
    Other business
    In other business, the city commission:
    - Approved paying Sellers Equipment $4,819.21 for repairs on the street sweeper.
    - Approved purchasing a sewer truck for $310,000, including the trade-in value of the current sewer truck.
    - Approved purchase of a 2013 Ford pickup and topper for the Public Works Department at a cost not to exceed $22,204, including the trade-in value for the city's current Ford van.
    - Approved renewing the Municipal Court Summit software licensing and support for a cost not to exceed $2,860.59.
    - Authorized Mayor Tom Brown to sign a letter of support for an application for operational funding for Disability Support of the Great Plains' transportation expenses. The application will be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation and is intended to assist with the 2015 fiscal year, which will begin on July 1.
    - Approved cereal malt beverage licenses for Kwik Shop at 820 E. Kansas and Dillons at 1320 N. Main.
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