housing1The Vinton City Council spent nearly 90 minutes on Thursday, reviewing a survey that described a variety of housing needs.

The council also heard some promising news about a new housing development in the works that could result in up to 152 houses and/or housing units just south of the Vinton-Shellsburg High School campus.

“The impetus for this study was driven by several factors, such as a perceived shortage of quality housing options in the City which is potentially restricting population and household growth,” said theĀ study, which identified the need for hundreds of housing units, from single-family dwellings to apartments for the elderly.

Among the challenges identified by the survey : 1/3 of Vinton’s housing was built before 1940; and there are only 11 lots suitable for single-family homes available currently within city limits.

Facing the challenges, according to survey leader Brian Smith of the Maxfield company, includes recognizing the challenges and having the political will to address them, as well as getting community involvement.

See the entire survey HERE.

As the meeting drew to a close, city officials heard a few details about a proposed new subdivision. Located south of town, between Highway 218 and 2nd Avenue and 25th Avenue, the development would include single family dwellings in a variety of sizes, as well as some multi-family housing units.

Members of the Vinton Unlimited Business Opportunity Group (BOG) have been working on this development for many months. BOG and city officials will be discussing it in the near future.