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Boone County residents invited to discuss housing survey at meeting Wednesday evening


Boone County residents will have another chance to weigh in their thoughts regarding housing in the county Wednesday night by contributing to the Boone County Housing Study.

The meeting will take place at the Hallsville Community Center at 324 E. Hwy OO from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Residents are asked to bring their input to the meeting to gather a wide scope of perspectives and insight into housing issues throughout the county.

The study is a part of the county's Upward Mobility Action Plan, intended to "reduce racial and ethnic inequities and support upward mobility from poverty."

By gathering community input, the study can help county leaders address housing issues and create a sustainable community throughout the county, according to a release from Boone County.

Residents are not only asked to attend the Community Input Meeting for a successful and accurate study but also to complete the Housing Survey for Boone County regarding housing needs, challenges and preferences. The online survey closes on Sunday.

The meeting will be under the direction of Dr. David Boston, owner of Amarach Planning Services. Back n 2023, the county announced its decision to bring Amarach in to help with the survey, as their company focuses on urban planning and housing analysis.

Boone County Presiding Commissioner Kip Kendrick stated in the release that while the study will not be a fix-all solution it will provide direction to address issues in the county.

During Tuesday night's meeting, residents shared their thoughts asking for less planned districts, more open-zoning, lack of diversity and that the county needs more properties that do not require a street to be attached.

Another Community Input Meeting will be held Thursday, April 11th at Ashland Optimist Club Building, 511 Optimist Dr., Ashland from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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