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Resolution No. 55-2017. A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement by and 
between the City of Monroe and the UC Economics Center for the preparation of a Community Housing 
Plan.

Background. The Housing Plan goal is to provide a measured assessment of housing supply, present 
and future, unmet housing demand across various demographic categories and provide a comprehensive 
understanding of short-to-mid-term housing supply and demand (5 year, 10 year, and 15 year). The 
report is intended to provide community-specific housing priorities and answer whether Monroe has 
and/or is it developing adequate housing of all types (i.e. rental, market, assisted, senior, 
special needs, work force, young professional, etc.) to satisfy the needs of its residents now as 
well as in the future. If we are not, the plan will address what housing is needed and what 
programs might the we develop to meet these goals. Furthermore, does the current housing stock 
pose any weakness or threats to the City of Monroe or its future?

Growth
How, what, and where do we want to growth residentially? Over two thousand new single family 
housing permits and 300 multi-family permits have been issued since the year 2000 which has lead to 
Monroe being one of the fastest growing communities in the tri-state. Much of this housing stock 
has been similar in style, price, and built within the same time frame. While over 700 buildable 
lots remain in the City, many of the residential developments have completed their build out or are 
close to completion.

 Over two thousand new single family 
housing permits and 300 multi-family 
permits have been issued since the year 
2000 which has lead to Monroe being one 
of the fastest growing communities in 
the tri-state. 

Diversity
Subdivisions such as Monroe Crossings still have approximately 400 developable lots left. Such 
subdivisions still have variables such as house size, lot size, and/or senior friendly developer 
questions arise and need to be determined by City policy. Staff has continually asked various 
developers for construction of "move up" housing (generally over $500,000) in an effort to 
diversify and provide a different housing stock that could provide housing to keep and continue to 
attract business professionals, etc.   Uniformly, the residential developers state that Monroe  
does not have the market to attract upper end housing while our neighbors seem to capture such
development. Similarly, we have had development conversations about senior living in smaller 
housing than is typically permitted as well as possible multi-family options to support young 
professional, family, and/or senior lifestyles.

Where do we go from here?
The goal of the plan is to analyze the market that Monroe can support over the next 10 years or so 
and provide factual data to inform and educate city officials, policymakers, staff, and developers 
on the opportunities and challenges for Monroe's future. The intent is to also review issues to 
related to prior housing stock that was all constructed within a similar timeframe as related to 
property maintenance issues, housing turnover, population effects, and possibly long term revenue 
and service expenses.

Why the University of Cincinnati Economics Center?
This will be the first housing plan/analysis undertaken by the City. The UC Economics Center stood 
out from the five proposals as the best firm to provide factual and unbiased research findings to 
develop a long term housing strategy/analysis. As a public institution, we can leverage new ideas 
offered by an public educational institution combined with state and other data that is not 
available to other private entities. They also provide a wealth of staffing experts that have 
completed similar studies and are locally-based which helps them to understand the
dynamics in our city/region.

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Resolution No. 55-2017. A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement by and 
between the City of Monroe and the UC Economics Center for the preparation of a Community Housing 
Plan.

Mr. Brock stated that this will allow for the preparation of a Community Housing Plan that will 
assess our existing housing stock, but also look into the future and the needs for the move up 
housing stock.  In addition, as our businesses grow where will those employees live.

Mrs. Rubin referred to the 35% residential so we do not overload the school. She asked if there is 
a time frame that passes where this becomes a place where more and more people locate to because of 
our small town-rural feel. We have several lots to be developed before we start rezoning land and 
building more residential. She doesn’t want to lose the small town feel that we have. Mrs. Rubin 
asked if the goal of the study was to look at where we building more apartments and housing. Mr. 
Brock replied that it is more of looking at the housing needs of the growing business community. We 
do have approximately 700 lots that are available to build on. We have some areas in town that are 
already zoned and we are not looking to rezone. It is to look at how we can address the needs we 
have now and what the challenges we are seeing now and addressing property maintenance issues in 
those areas. We want to have a stable housing community, but we need to make sure we have places 
for those employees in the new businesses.

Mrs. Rubin’s concern is we are building these businesses to support the residents and then we build 
more apartments to house these employees which leads to building more schools. It is a never ending 
cycle. Mr. Brock stated that we looked at UC because they focus more on data and we would then 
utilize staff to look at the recommendations instead of having a consultant come in and tell us 
what type of City we need.
In response to Mr. Hickman’s question, Mr. Brock advised that the cost of this is $39,700.

Mrs. Rubin moved to consider this the first reading of Resolution No. 55-2017 and have it read by
title only; seconded by Mr. Funk.  Voice vote.  Motion carried.

The Clerk of Council read Resolution No. 55—2017 by title only.
Mrs. Rubin moved to approve the first reading of Resolution No. 55-2017; seconded by Mr. Clark.
Roll call vote:  six ayes; one nay (Hickman).  Motion carried.


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Resolution No. 55-2017.  A Resolution authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement by  
and  between  the  City  of  Monroe  and  the  UC  Economics  Center  for  the  preparation  of  a
Community Housing Study. (Second Reading)

Mr. Brock understood there were questions or concerns from Council and he and Mr. Chesar are
prepared to answer those.

Mr. Clark asked about the cost of the study and what benefits would be received from this.  Mr. 
Brock replied that the cost is $39,500.  Mr. Chesar explained that we do or do not have a certain 
housing market, such as higher end housing and larger lots.   Part of this analysis is to provide 
numerical data to see what the market is in the area; not just Monroe, but the surrounding area.  
It is to look at what we currently have and what the future will bring.

Mr. Chesar added that a lot of our houses were developed in 2005-2006 and that housing stock will 
age and we need to see what that will do with respect to property maintenance.

Mr. Clark does not want giant apartment complexes and noted that this study may have some 
usefulness, the policy should be made from Council.

Mr. Chesar gave the example of the remainder of Monroe Crossings and seeing estate lots.

Mr. Clark did not want to rush the residential construction.  Mrs. Rubin referred to Tall Oaks that 
is now building larger homes.  She felt that the data may provide the developers more comfort.

Mr. Brock emphasized that we are not looking to change the zoning.  This information will also show 
if a mixed use development would be sustainable at the Americana park.

Mrs. Rubin moved to remove Resolution No. 55-2017 from the table; seconded by Mr. Funk. Voice vote. 
 Motion carried.

Mrs. Rubin moved to consider this the second reading of Resolution No. 55-2017 and have it read by 
title only; seconded by Mr. Funk.  Voice vote.  Motion carried.

The Clerk of Council read Resolution No. 55-2017 by title only.

Mrs. Rubin moved to adopt Resolution No. 55-2017; seconded by Mrs. Hale.  Roll call vote:  five
ayes; one nay (Clark).  Motion carried.

Source: 
Monroe City Council Minutes Regular Meeting of Council November 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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