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Posted on: April 6, 2021

The Future of Housing

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The population of Irving is growing by about 3,000 residents each year, and the city adds about 1,000 new houses or apartment units every year to support that growth. Is what is being built actually what our community desires? What does the community need? How do residents want to live? Is it affordable?

 The City of Irving recently conducted a Housing Study and identified several existing gaps in the local housing market. Read the study: English | Spanish

  • Several types of housing are missing from the City of Irving’s inventory, such as small cottage homes, duplexes or small unit buildings; senior independent living; age-in place; and live-work units.
  • High demand for housing often drives the cost of buying a home out of the reach of many current and potential Irving residents. 
  • Would-be homeowners earning average incomes are often forced into rental units due to the high costs to get into a home.
  • Workforce oriented housing is not being produced in sufficient quantity or variety to fill this high need.
  • With only 2,500 acres left of developable vacant land left, it is necessary to create regulations and financial assistance that encourage development and redevelopment of different housing types to provide for Irving’s residents.

After this Housing Study is finalized and final recommendations are made to City Council, the City of Irving will develop a plan to implement its suggestions and address those gaps. Activities may include expanding down payment and second mortgage assistance, expanding on housing rehabilitation programs and creating incentive programs. 

To encourage investment, amendments may be needed to adjust zoning regulations to allow rear accessory dwelling units, revising residential zoning districts to allow different forms of housing and re-examining rules that govern the redevelopment of older residential areas. The future of Irving relies on ensuring that affordable and quality housing is available for its residents.  

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