David Zook to announce county housing task force findings – Cache Valley Daily

Logan City has given the green light to a huge apartment complex next to Nibley City Parks, which has left residents upset.

LOGAN — Cache County Executive David Zook will present the findings of his housing crisis task force at noon Thursday, June 23.

Zook’s presentation is scheduled for the Cache Summit at the Riverwoods Conference Center.

“Cache County is a special community,” said Cache County Councilman Gordon Zilles, who served on the task force with stakeholders representing a wide range of housing market perspectives.

Planning for growth is an important investment in the futureZilles added.

Zook formed the Housing Task Force in March to address serious barriers to affordable housing in Cache County.

“Housing availability and affordability impacts many aspects of our economy and our community,” says Zook. “One of our goals is to ensure that our children and grandchildren can stay here to support this economy and this community.”

At the task force’s kick-off meeting on April 20, its members were tasked with developing a report with recommendations to improve the current housing crisis. They were also tasked with identifying aspects of the housing crisis that local governments and home building professionals could directly influence.

The working group met on June 21 to deliver its recommendations to Zook.

“I look forward to sharing their findings and then working to implement them,” says Zook. “We will need community support to implement these recommendations.”

Over the past decade, Cache County has added about 20,500 residents, an increase of 18.5%, according to the 2020 census.

Of these new residents, approximately 17,500 or 86% were natural growths – the children of current residents. By 2060, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah predicts that 85% of Cache County’s growth will be internal.

Cache County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a factor that is exacerbating demand for housing.

The Milken Institute recently ranked the Logan, Utah-Idaho area as one of the top performing small towns in the nation. But they also ranked it 178th for housing affordability.

Given these factors, Zook says community leaders realize that economic planning and population growth need to align better in the future.

“The Housing Task Force has made recommendations that will help us address these complex issues affecting housing in our county,” Zook promises.

The Riverwoods Conference Center is located at 615 Riverwoods Parkway in Logan.

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