The City of Sulphur Springs City Council held their regular meeting on Tuesday night and approved two agenda items aimed at addressing housing needs in the city.
The council passed an amendment to 380 policy that gives the city the ability to offer incentives to builders to build on existing lots in the city.
Builders will be able to have certain costs refunded for building on existing lots after their construction is completed. Those costs include demolition costs, tax liens, building permit fees, and water tap fees.
The council approved two of these agreements last night. One of the properties in these agreements has $12,000 in demolition and tax liens. Once the house is built on the property, the city will pay back those costs along with building fees and water tap fees
According to City Manager Marc Maxwell, there are currently 900 vacant lots in the city.
Maxwell said this amendment is a big deal for builders and that more builders will come here if they know the city is going to help solve issues on languishing lots.
The council also approved an amendment to zoning ordinance to allow accessory dwelling units on residential properties. These are buildings such as a tiny house in a backyard or a garage apartment.
These units can now be built with the restriction that one will always be owner occupied and that both units on the property can’t be rentals.