The link to the right is the Comprehensive Housing Needs Analysis for Rock Rapids, Iowa conducted by Maxfield Re‐ search and Consulting, LLC. This study updates the previously completed housing study in Rock Rapids in 2011 and the Lyon County housing study completed in 2013. The revised housing assessment pro‐ jects demand from 2016 through 2025 and provides recommendations on the amount and type of hous‐ ing that could be built in Rock Rapids to satisfy demand from current and future residents over the next decade.
The study identifies a potential demand for approximately 225 new housing units through 2025. About 85% of the total demand was for general occupancy rental and for‐sale housing; while senior housing accounted for 65% of the demand. Demand was highest for assisted living units (41 units) followed by for‐sale multifamily (35 units). The current lot supply is sufficient to meet demand of for‐sale housing through this decade; however additional lots will need to be platted between 2020 and 2025 to meet future housing demand.