Survey measures local views of Perry housing conditions

Opinions on Perry's housing situation due by Dec. 31

COG XII's November windshield survey of Perry's housing stock showed a diverse mixture in housing quality.

What is the condition of housing in Perry? Are houses generally in good repair, fair repair or poor shape?

Does Perry need more housing? If so, does Perry need more low-cost workforce housing? more mid-range housing in the $100,000 to $150,000 price range? more high-end housing in the $250,000-and-up range?

If you can share your opinions on questions such as these, then you are qualified to complete a survey on Perry housing. The five-minute survey is part of a housing-needs assessment the Region XII Council of Governments is conducting for the city of Perry.

The housing-needs assessment will analyze both Perry’s housing stock and programs within the community that support housing needs. The results will help Perry’s business and government leaders determine what is working and what needs improvement in the city’s housing market and the programs supporting it.

Part of the assessment’s planning process includes a public opinion survey on housing strengths and weaknesses in Perry. The survey may be complete online (one survey per computer) or in hard copy. Paper copies are available at Perry City Hall, Perry Public Library and the McCreary Community Building. The survey must be completed by Dec. 31.

Completed paper-copies of the Perry housing needs survey may be returned to these locations or to Region XII Council of Governments, P.O. Box 768, Carroll, IA 51401.

Another part of the housing-needs assessment’s planning stage involved what is called a windshield survey of Perry’s housing stock. Region XII housing experts took a driving tour of Perry and rated all the houses in town on a scale of one to five, with one being excellent and five dilapidated. The windshield survey was completed in November.

The Region XII Council of Governments helps local governments in Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac Counties as well as several associated member cities in dallas County, including Perry.

For more than 40 years, the Region XII Council of Governments (COG), based in Carroll, has been helping local governments in Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac Counties with city planning services. Several Dallas County towns, including Perry, are associate members of the Region XII COG, which originally formed to help small towns with engineering and grant writing but has grown into an agency promoting development along several lines: local assistance, mass transit and workforce development.

For more information, contact Chris Whitaker, Local Assistance Director, Region XII Council of Governments, P.O. Box 768, Carroll, IA 51401,, 712-792-9914.

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The COG XII housing opinion survey gives the public an opportunity to weigh in on the state of housing in Perry.



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