Community Development

Community Development involves the administration of programs and services to make betterments in the community, including an improved housing stock, housing opportunities for low-income residents, seniors, and residents with special needs, neighborhood improvements and community beautification.

The Hutchinson Housing Commission promotes the improvement of neighborhoods, the housing stock, and the visual appearance of the community. Recommendations for new or improved initiatives may come before this commission.

Programs


Applicable programs under community development include the following:
  • Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Tax Rebate Program is a 10-year property tax rebate for improvements valued at $5,000 or more for residential projects and $15,000 or more for commercial or industrial projects, where the improvements occur south of the centerline of 11th Avenue within the Hutchinson city limits.  A building permit of at least the specified amounts is required.  Certain other criteria are required for eligibility, and enhanced benefits are available for downtown projects and historically designated properties.  NRP applications must be submitted to the Hutchinson Planning and Development Department at the time of building permit application filing. After applying for the NRP tax rebate, the property owner needs to arrange a pre-project appraisal of their property by the Reno County Appraiser's Office before commencing work on the project. Once the project is completed, the County Appraiser will perform a new assessment of the property.  The owner pays their taxes as usual, and if their property value increases by the minimum required amount, the Reno County Treasurer will send a tax rebate check to the owner.  Rebates to the owner continue each year for 10 years on a sliding scale.
  • Residential Infill Construction Incentive Program: Enables a refund of up to $1,500 in paid building permit fees and a refund of paid water and sewer connection fees for new residential construction (single family dwellings, two family dwellings, and multiple family dwellings) south of 17th Avenue. There is no income requirement for property owners, homebuyers, or tenants of the newly-constructed dwellings.