Neighborhoods represent the building blocks of the community where common interests and purposes among people are articulated. The future vitality of the community is directly tied to the health and viability of its residential neighborhoods. In turn, neighborhood quality is dependent upon housing and environmental conditions, other physical amenities, community services, and social factors.
A significant assumption of this section is the maintenance and enhancement of the residential environment. This can be achieved only when the objectives and implementation are aligned integrally with the major goals of the General Plan.
Currently, there is a deficiency of housing opportunities for very-low and extremely-low income households in Cedar City.
- The population of Cedar City is projected to continue to increase substantially by the year 2030.
- Moderate income housing will continue to be an important issue for Cedar City as the population of the community increases. As was the case in past plans, a significant amount of the population (over 36%) is between the ages of 15-29. This population is the most in need of moderately-priced housing, and demand is expected to grow as SUU continues to expand.
- A study that was done in 2017 showed the City has an aging housing stock, of which approximately 44% of the existing units are more than 30 years old. In order to maintain a healthy housing stock capable of providing safe, habitable, and affordable living conditions for residents, active maintenance and improvements to the current housing supply will be necessary.
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Potential Goals and Investments
There are many aspects of housing and its affordability that the city has no control over. While this may be the case, there are a suite of solutions available to the city to impact areas they do control to make housing that much more affordable.
- (from previous plan) Preserve and strengthen Cedar City’s existing neighborhoods while allowing the formation of new neighborhood centers.
- (from previous plan) Protect the individual resident’s investment in the Cedar City community that is represented by the existing housing stock and neighborhood environments.
- (from previous plan) Provide opportunities for safe and affordable housing for the expanding variety of social and economic constituencies within the community.
- (from previous plan) Identify potential areas of blight that may affect the community and establish goals and standards for the improvement of these areas or structures.
- (from previous plan) Evaluate zoning applications and decisions from a perspective of preserving and improving the quality of life for residents of existing neighborhoods.