St. Joseph is a city composed of unique historic neighborhoods, along with traditional suburban style neighborhoods. This mixture provides citizens with many different housing options to choose from. But as we look to the future, what are the housing needs going to be in the next 15 to 20 years? As St. Joseph grows and changes over time, the Planning and Zoning Department and community will be reviewing the following questions to help determine the housing needs in our community:
- What is the current ratio of owner-occupied vs. renter-occupied housing? What percentage of existing inventory are in need of major repairs?
- What elements can be taken from historic neighborhoods, and applied to new developments?
- Could/should there be standards on rental properties? How do we establish and enforce them? How important is exterior maintenance?
- What incentives or programs are available for rehabilitation?
- What approach can the City take to address blighted, vacant housing, etc that negatively impact neighborhoods?
- What housing types are missing, or in short supply in St. Joseph today?
- What types of housing are individuals and families looking for when looking to relocate to St. Joseph?
- Where should/could we target new developments? How can we increase accessibility to employment, services, and amenities?
- What natural disaster considerations should be factored in when looking looking at development areas?
- Where should affordable housing units be located?
- What areas of St. Joseph could use mixed-use developments (commercial/residential)?
- What policies could be implemented to establish standards for attractive new developments?
- How can we ensure there are enough quality housing options available for all households, at all income levels?
- What implications does St. Joseph currently face due to housing conditions?
- How do we create different housing options across the city?
- How should people who need assistance with daily living tasks be provided with housing?
- How do we accommodate the projected influx of seniors? What can be done to allow for seniors to age in place?
- How many affordable housing units exist? How many are needed? What type?
- What is the current occupancy of affordable housing units?