JD Nash, a land planner with KLJ Engineering was assigned to the project in February, 2014. His first step was to gather data on each property; this included identifying areas effected by the floodplain, areas where historic items and/or artifacts may be present, connectivity via roadways and trails, current utility infrastructure, soils and drainage patterns.
In addition, Mr. Nash met with City staff, Council members and various committee groups to discuss specific needs of the community such as recreation areas, affordable workforce housing to meet the demand of new and existing businsses and areas suitable for future commercial development.
Within the past year, more than 100 new jobs were created in Sturgis and employees report not being able to find adequate housing to fit their needs. A recent Housing Study
found that Sturgis has less than .7% vacancy rate for rental units. A healthy vacancy rate is 8% in most communities. Most rental agencies in Sturgis have no available units and have a waiting list.