Superior has land to give away for new housing development.

The City Council approved a land grant program Wednesday, April 7, that would allow the city to give away vacant lots to qualified people for owner-occupied new home construction. Rental property would not be allowed.

The city currently has about a dozen buildable lots available, but has been unsuccessful in selling them for the last four years despite interest shown.

Under the land grant program, applicants would be required to have detailed construction plans and proof of financing, commit to owner-occupancy when the project is complete and enter into a development agreement. A deposit would be required but would be refunded once the occupancy requirement is met.

The Plan Commission recommended creating the program in March.

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Since the Plan Commission met, Mayor Jim Paine said the city has had quite a bit of interest from people, some with potentially viable projects.

“We might have an opportunity to see some new construction and increase the tax base on lots that have been sitting empty, generating no revenue and generating expense to mow the lawn for a long time,” Paine said.