At the City Commission meeting Monday evening commissioners approved establishing a Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID) for Summerlon Phase III-North 1.
Before any formal action can be taken, however, a public hearing must be held to give residents a chance to voice their concerns and opinions about the proposed project. The public meeting will take place April 1.
The RHID program is designed to aid developers in building housing within a community by assisting in the financing of public improvements, according to the website dodgecityhousing.com. RHID captures 100 percent of the incremental increase in real property taxes created by a housing development project for up to 15 years.
According to City Clerk Nanette Pogue, this is just the next step in the project development. Once the public hearing has been held, the district will officially be established as a RHID and plans for construction can begin.
Nineteen single family homes are planned to be constructed in the Northeast portion of the Summerlon Addition, which is directly South of Summerlon Commercial Properties.
In other business, the commission:
• Tabled an ordinance rezoning the property located at 511 Sunflower from R-1 residential Low to C-2 Commercial Highway until more information can be gathered. Neighboring residents and the owner of the property were at the meeting to voice their opinions. The owner would like to use the property to access a warehouse that is directly behind the property. Neighbors were concerned about noise and the additional truck traffic.
• Approved the 2009 edition of the International Fire Code. Previously, the city was using the 2003 code. The 2009 edition is the most updated version.
• Approved a resolution establishing a policy for the city to provide assistance to other cities and counties in the area in the event of a major disaster. The Southwest Kansas Regional Emergency Planning Council requested the agreement stating that in the event of a declared disaster, if there is a request for assistance by another county, city, or township and if the city can provide assistance without unduly jeopardizing the protection of its own community, then such assistance may be given.
A joint city county meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Ford County Government Center to discuss the Why Not Dodge? projects. The public is invited to attend.
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