Commission Lowers Utility Connection Costs for Infill Housing Projects

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Earlier this year, a complete study of the City of Atchison’s housing stock was published and presented to the Atchison City Commission. The study covers information such as demographics, economic analysis, housing supply characteristics of the City, future housing needs, and a final, comprehensive summary.

With the study in hand, the Atchison City Commission adopted Resolution No. 3198 in early March, reducing utility connection fees for housing developments within existing plats of the city. Whereas time and materials were previously billed to housing developers connecting to the City’s water distribution system, going forward only materials will be billed.

“The 2010-2020 decade saw substantial investment in downtown apartments, which is great, but it also saw the fewest new single family homes of any decade in our history.” said Justin Pregont, Assistant City Manager. “That has to change in the 2020-2030 decade, especially on infill lots, and lowering the cost of utility connections is an important step in that direction.”

The resolution was recommended by the city’s Economic Development Advisory Group and is the latest in a string of actions to make it easier for infill development to take place. Previously, the city has created a Land Bank, enhanced the Neighborhood Revitalization Property Tax Rebate Program, modified minimum parking regulations, and stepped up systematic demolition and code enforcement programs.

The housing study was conducted by Novogradac Consulting, LLP.

If you have any questions, please call Justin Pregont, Assistant City Manager, at (913) 367-5500.