City asking for public's input to improve housing situation

By Greg Higgins
October 16, 2017 - 4:06pm Updated: October 17, 2017 - 10:12am

Anyone with suggestions on how North Battleford can improve the housing situation in the city now has a chance to have their voices heard.

Administration is asking residents to fill out a survey to make recommendations on housing improvements in the city as part of the Housing Strategy and Action Plan.

“The best way to get that information is to complete a survey so we know what is there and what we are lacking and then try to fill in the gaps,” city manager Jim Puffalt said. “Community safety wise, affordable housing for people is probably our biggest issue.”

He added the survey isn’t just for low income housing though.

“We want to look at everything,” Puffalt said. “It isn’t just one segment of housing; we are looking at the total picture. We can’t build a plan until we know what situation we are in. We need to get the data to support whatever plan we make going forward.”

The city manager said the survey will also look at how to assist first-time home buyers.

“We are asking people if they’re in favor of us offering financial incentives towards those types of housing,” he said.

Puffalt said the survey can be found on the city’s website.

 

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