Community Development

The Planning and Development Department provides community development programs and incentives to improve the quality of life for Hutchinson residents. Program goals include 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.

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Tax Rebate Program

  • The Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Tax Rebate Program is a property tax rebate available for properties south of 11th Avenue in the Hutchinson city limits. 
  • Offers property owners a rebate of the increase in property taxes that can result from making improvements to a property. 
  • On residential properties, the improvements must be valued at $7,000 or more and must increase the assessed value by at least 5%. 
  • On commercial and industrial properties, the improvements must be valued at $20,000 or more and must increase the assessed value by at least 15%. 
  • Other eligibility criteria are noted in the adopted program requirements.  
  • Enhanced benefits are available for downtown projects and historically designated properties.  
  • Before commencing work and before obtaining a building permit, the property owner must arrange a pre-project appraisal of their property by the Reno County Appraiser's Office.
  • NRP applications must be submitted to the Hutchinson Planning and Development Department at the time of building permit application filing.
  • Once the project is completed, the County Appraiser will perform a new assessment of the property.
  • The owner pays their property taxes as usual, and if the assessed value of their property increases by the minimum required percentage, 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.

Related Documents:  Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) Tax Rebate Program

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.
  • Eligible only 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.
  • Application for the refund must be submitted within 60 days following submittal of a building permit application. Applications may be requested by contacting the Planning and Development Department.

Related Documents:  Residential Infill Construction Incentive Program