The city’s established goal of creating a ratio in which 60 percent
of residences will be single-family homes and 40 percent duplex or
multifamily abodes is nearing its completion, a briefing said.
In his “City
Housing Mix Report” during the Tuesday meeting of the Common
Council, City Planner and Zoning Administrator Jason Gallo said that
of the 8,787 residences that have either been built or platted in
the city, 5,603 are single-family homes, or 63 percent. The
remaining 3,184 residences are multifamily units, which Gallo said
can be classified as either a condo or apartment.
numbers of single-family and multifamily approved housing
developments between 2014 and 2017 are almost identical. Gallo
reported 483 single-family housing units were built in that span,
compared to 484 multifamily units. Of the multifamily units, 213
were condos and 271 were apartments.
To come to a
ratio of 60 percent single-family and 40 percent multifamily homes,
there would need to be 331 fewer s single-family homes or 331 more
Common Council President Charlie Shaw said many residents have told
him they don’t like the rise in multifamily units.
“What I keep
hearing from homeowners is there are too many condos, too many
apartments,” Shaw said.
He added that
the city should perhaps re-examine the split it is targeting.
Rosek and Mayor Dave Nold said it’s important to note that
multifamily complexes — l like an Eagles Landing— are as expensive
as a home, but are being counted in that multifamily category.
Schmidt said the city maybe shouldn’t focus on a 60 percent, 40
percent split, but rather provide what it needs. He said there is a
need for low-cost apartments for seniors, as well as apartments for
new workers in the area.
Zwart and Michael Miller said the fact that the large condo and
apartment complexes are going up in prime areas — near the lakes —
takes some attention away from another fact: Single-family
residences are being built in developments spread throughout the
city. As a result, there might be a difference between perception