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Stratigic plan presented for Rapid City’s housing issues

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 3:30 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Affordable housing has been an ongoing issue in Rapid City and on Thursday morning, the city unveiled its strategic housing plan.

With the recent growth in Rapid City, the new strategic plan will upgrade the plan in place since 2014.

The plan, which was unveiled Thursday, is designed to meet the community’s needs through several steps, including; revising land-use regulations to alleviate some development costs and supporting the strategic housing trust fund. That fund would then support housing needs by offering loans.

Another part of the plan includes implementing a rental registration program and inspecting rental properties.

“The goal is that every rental unit in the city would be inspected for bare minimum housing standards. You know were not looking for fancy showerheads or granite countertops or anything like that. It’s really about running water, having HVAC systems that are working, said Sarah Hanzel, the planning projects manager for Rapid City. And making sure there isn’t missing windows or the apartment isn’t infested. You know, so it’s sort of about the quality of life for those who are living in housing units here.”

The housing plan’s final steps include public transportation solutions, launching a building permit fee waiver, and expanding the CDBG program division’s role, which annually delivers federal funds to local projects.

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