Promoting construction of new multi-family housing in Sioux Center is the goal behind a plan approved by the Sioux Center City Council this week.
The council voted to develop a multi-residential Urban Revitalization Plan. This plan will create a designated area for multi-family housing along 13th Ave. SE, north of The Ridge Golf Course area and just west of the community’s wastewater treatment plant.
Within this area, if a developer builds multi-family housing with three or more units, the building or buildings would be eligible for tax incentives to help keep the units affordable. The council agreed to a five-year period of full tax abatement each of those five years.
“We are seeing a continued need in Sioux Center for multi-family housing, and from a business perspective, promoting multi-family housing would support many businesses in terms of drawing more workforce to Sioux Center,” said Councilman Eric Moerman.
City Manager Scott Wynja said staff will work with legal counsel with the goal of finalizing the plan in 60-90 days in hopes of working with developers to start a project yet this fall.
“It is important for the city to help facilitate development opportunities, and we feel it is essential to provide a variety of housing options. The Urban Revitalization program is a possible way to help meet that goal of additional multi-residential development,” he said.