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GI Planning Comm. Approves Rezone to Bring More Housing to the City

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A tight real estate market in Grand Island has developers discussing more housing options for the growing city.

Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity says that as Grand Island's population grows, housing is becoming a big issue for the city. According to Nabity, realtors are having a hard time finding homes for renters and buyers because only about 117 homes were recently seen as available out of the 20,000 housing units in the city.

"There are jobs available, people hiring, and people coming in from surrounding areas -- the same types of things that brought people here before," Nabity said. "It just keeps going and we keep adding houses and we're going to see more and more need."

The city's planning commission met Wednesday night to look at rezoning property north of Fonner Park between Sun Valley and Pleasant View drives. The commission wants to rezone the property from R1 to R2 status to allow for the development of duplexes.

Gregory W. Baxter, the project's developer, said it would be waste of land if the rezone isn't approved. "It [the land] keeps getting added on to all the time, and each time it gets added on to it fills up pretty much, so we thinks there is a need for the area," said Baxter.

Nabity said the project has been around since 1976 and developers have continued to add bits and pieces to the development. This will be the last addition to the project.

Before those extra duplexes can be built, the Grand Island City Council must give their final approval.

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