The Webster City City Council and Staff sponsored a Housing Summit recently to assess the level of need of quality housing in Webster City. Participants included realtors, contractors, city officials, bankers, government officials and planning and zoning officials. Jeff Schott of The Institute of Public Affairs facilitated the discussion.
It was determined that the greatest need was single dwelling homes in the $200,000 to $250,000 range, quality affordable rental properties and “town home” housing. Various options and solutions were discussed. It was determined that the following initiatives should be pursued.
-Promote the Construction of more spec houses.
– Actively pursue the development of a new housing subdivision.
-Continue to promote and expand rehabilitation of the existing housing stock.
It was agreed that small group meetings between the city, builders, lenders, and other key parties should be held to move forward on this issue with the suggestion that the City should take the lead on these initiatives.