During a public hearing at which no community members commented, the Garden City Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution to establish a Rural Housing Incentive District for phase three of the East Cambridge Square housing addition.

“This phase will consist of 16 single-family home lots. The homes will be priced near the $200,000 range, and will have fenced yards and landscaping,” said Garden City Planner Melissa Dougherty-O’Hara.

The third phase will be located to the south of the first phase, near the 3100 block of East Spruce Street. East Cambridge LLC of Garden City is developing the property.

Dougherty-O’Hara said the developer will be using private financing to fund the eligible costs of the RHID, and that the city will reimburse property tax in increments to the developer over the life of the project, which is up to 15 years. The amount of the property tax distributions cannot exceed $1,102,500 over the life of the RHID.

According to the city’s latest Community Housing Assessment Team study update, to meet the housing needs in Garden City, 112 housing units would need to be built each year by 2020.

Dougherty-O’Hara said the feasibility analysis for phase three of East Cambridge Square estimates four houses will be completed in 2018, and an additional five houses would be built each year in 2019 and 2020.

“Based on the current RHID feasibility analysis from the other existing RHIDs, we are predicting 65 houses will be built in 2018,” Dougherty-O’Hara said. “ … According to our CHAT study, Garden City does show a need for all of the houses to be built within this new phase of development.”

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved a resolution for a public hearing for 2 p.m. July 17 at the City Administrative Center to establish an RHID for Notting Hill, which would be located in the 1800 block of Comanche Drive, north of the Hampton Inn and Americas Best Value Inn hotels. According to meeting documents, Amro Samy of Samy’s Development, LLC, will be the developer for the project, which will include six duplexes and landscaping.

Dougherty-O’Hara said the developer will fund the project through private financing.

Commissioners also approved a rezone of property from multi-family residential district to single-family residential district planned unit development overlay district — a special type of floating overlay district that generally does not appear on the municipal zoning map until a designation is requested — located at Prairieview Drive and Campus Drive. The developer, CG Investments, LLC, is proposing to build 42 single-family homes on the north side of Prairie View Drive, according to Dougherty-O’Hara.

“He is also proposing to build 19 duplexes, which will be sold as individual single-family homes on the south side of Prairie View Drive,” she said. “… They have been approved to participate in the Rural Housing Incentive District Program within the City of Garden City.”

In other business:

• An employment agreement between the city and City Manager Matt Allen was approved. Based on an evaluation and review of comparable salary and benefits packages, the commission approved an agreement consistent with the 2017 agreement, with the exception of an increase in base salary from $134,750 to $138,793. The term began June 1 and will run through May 31, 2019. Allen's employee agreement also includes an annual vehicle and communications equipment allowance at $7,800 and $6,500 for annual travel and related expenses.


Contact Josh Harbour at jharbour@gctelegram.com.