Housing Study Meeting & Draft Plan

5 Sep 2016


York County Housing Study

YCDC would like to invite you to a public presentation on the York County Housing Study’s findings and recommendations on September 7th, 2016 at 6:00 PM at York City Council Chamber.  You may reveiw the draft here.

 

Over the past several months York County Development Corporation (YCDC) has been working on a county-wide housing assessment and strategy plan. The results of this study, which has included surveys, stakeholder group discussions, physical housing assessments, and demographic and economic analysis, are now available for review and comment.


Want to know more about what a housing plan is? Here are a few tips to help you out.

 

What is a Housing Plan? A housing study or plan is a document focused on the York County’s housing supply. It addresses historic trends, the current condition of housing, changes in the real estate market, indexes how affordable housing is in the county, and projects demand for future housing across a range of types and price points. After analyzing this data, the plan makes specific policy and program recommendations that the county can implement to address issues and challenges facing the housing market.

 

Why is a Plan Needed? Communities across Nebraska are experiencing increasing housing shortages. Housing shortages can strain local economic development efforts, inconvenience residents, and present a challenge to housing affordability. No growth or slow growth in a housing market can result in stagnant or declining tax revenues and deteriorating and substandard housing. A housing plan is intended to give policy makers and housing developers a guidebook and a tool kit to ensure a healthy and functioning housing market that offers opportunities for safe, affordable housing to all residents.

 

How is the Plan Implemented? Once completed housing plans can be implemented through several interlocking means. Of course, the county and each community has a role in guiding land use and ensuring safe construction and habitable residential structures. Frequently, a local housing authority or non-profit organization will contribute their knowledge and skills in developing housing for those of the most modest means. Finally, in almost all cases, the policies and recommendations in a housing study will be designed to create a private market response to housing need as well. The document, by taking a holistic look at York County’s housing market, invites a broad-based response to improving the overall housing quality and market health.

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