February 15, 2016
To keep up with the job creation of our successful industrial base, a key focus of economic development efforts for the county has been on housing- affordable housing at all levels. To address affordable housing needs the city has undertaken several initiatives. It passed and ordinance in 2013, creating the New Construction Housing Incentive Program, which offers a rebate on city property taxes as well as $2,000 to the closing agent. In the latter part of 2014, the McPherson City Commission announced that it that it approved the Rural Housing Incentive District for a new 45-unit housing complex in the city. In addition, to that project, the same developer, Prairie Fire of Overland Park announced that they would also build a 64 unit luxury apartment complex to help give future employees as well as the 35% of McPherson's current commuting workforce options to live right here where they work.