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Ogden City being ‘proactive’ in finding housing solutions



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Washington Avenue in Ogden is pictured on Sept. 29, 2020. (Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)

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OGDEN, Utah — Because the housing disaster continues, Ogden is making an attempt to alleviate its present and future residents.

Town is proposing a change to the present planning and zoning ordinance to permit for older lodges and motels to be transformed into multi-family housing models.

Ogden Metropolis Council member Richard Hyer stated that the town is wanting on the remaining open area to develop single-family properties, together with an 18-acre plot of land from the college district.

Town plans to make use of land from the college district for reasonably priced housing.

Residents are vital of this transfer. Development from constant housing developments has created a number of jobs, but additionally a number of visitors and an absence of group open area.

As a result of outcry from residents, the town handed a decision for a 90-day investigation interval to determine if they’ll undergo with the land buy.

“Everyone knows that that development is coming and we simply have to be proactive to find these areas,” stated Hyer.

Rising want for Ogden housing

As of final September, Ogden possessed 65% of low-income housing in Weber County and it would not sound like they’ve any plans on slowing down.

And whereas Ogden holds 65% of reasonably priced housing in Weber County, it solely homes 35% of residents.

“We proceed to have youngsters and we would like them to dwell someplace round us. So every group type of must be chargeable for permitting for the expansion that we’re creating.”

The Weber Space Council of Authorities hopes to assist communities alter their metropolis plans to adapt to the anticipated development within the county. A housing grasp plan is a part of the federal government’s course of to get there.

Additional investigation and analysis will decide the perfect use of the remaining land within the metropolis.

“Ogden is being largely constructed out. I imply we have got some little postage-stamp items of land round however we do not have a number of open floor anymore. So , you may solely develop to the extent that you’ve the area,” Hyer stated.

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