(Tulsa, OK) – Today, the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Planning Office released the results from the Downtown and Surrounding Neighborhoods Housing Study. Study results can be found at www.cityoftulsa.org/housing.
Study results confirm a need for more quality, affordable housing creation and policies in downtown and near-downtown. Additionally, results have spurred the creation of seven strategies to advance the goals of the study area.
“All Tulsans should have access to quality housing that meets their needs,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This Housing Study has provided essential data to guide our policy development in preserving and increasing affordable housing stock in Tulsa.”
The seven strategies include: supporting and expanding attainable homeownership opportunities; addressing vacant and abandoned properties; supporting quality and diverse infill development; improving the quality and availability of affordable housing and workforce rental housing; encouraging housing stability; sustaining Downtown development momentum; and expanding financial and organization capacity for advancing housing priorities.
Out of the seven strategies, four priority action items have been identified and are now underway. These include the creation of Missing Middle Zoning Code Amendments, an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Downtown Master TIF policies and Revolving Loan Fund policies.
“People being able to have a safe, affordable place to live and raise a family, to retire, or to start a new career in the downtown heart of Tulsa are all possibilities within our grasp, but we've got work to do to get there,” said Kara Joy McKee, District 4 City Councilor. “The Tulsa Housing Study gives us a map to get to that more livable and vibrant downtown.”
Though the Housing Study was conducted before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the development and policy strategies outlined in the report represent the needs and priorities for the City and its partners over the long-term, offering guideposts for planning and decision-making down the road.
Passed by the Tulsa City Council on Wed., July 22, the Downtown Master TIF Policy, which was based on the findings of this Housing Study, will continue to pave the way for more affordable housing stock in Downtown Tulsa. More information and announcements on affordable housing will be made available in the coming weeks.
One of the ways the City is seeking to gather further input to assist in policy recommendations in the current housing market is by rolling out a more detailed Housing & Neighborhoods Policy Survey. The Survey will seek to gather community perspectives on a range of topics related to neighborhood character, new housing in existing neighborhoods, and preferences for housing types.
Results from the survey will inform the ongoing update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, PlaniTulsa, as well as guide implementation actions for the recently completed Affordable Housing Strategy and the Downtown Tulsa Housing Demand Study.
“Thriving cities need diverse housing stock in a range of price points,” said Becky Gligo, Housing Policy Director for the City of Tulsa. “This survey will allow Tulsans the opportunity to provide input on what they want the future of their neighborhoods to look like.”
The survey launched today and will run until August 31. It is open to all Tulsa area residents and is available in both English and Spanish.
To take the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Tulsa_Neighborhoods_Survey
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