Survey finds Johnson County’s need for affordable housing is growing, but ‘NIMBY’ opposition remains

Kansas housing survey

Preliminary findings from the Johnson County Municipalities Housing Study currently underway already reveal some notable trends, particularly regarding teardown-rebuilds and pushback on multifamily housing.

Increasing affordable housing stock, access to public transportation and access to jobs and investment opportunities are all areas of growth in Johnson County. But although the number of cost-burdened households in Johnson County is on the rise, there remains a pushback from single-family homeowners resisting denser housing solutions that would support those goals.

That is one takeaway from the 2020 Human Services Summit last week, when members of United Community Services of Johnson County revealed some initial findings of a countywide study on housing.