Area-wide housing study update underway for Dawson County

A Dawson County Area-Wide Housing Study with Strategies for Affordable Housing is being conducted by Dawson Area Development (DAD), with the guidance of an Area-Wide Housing Steering Committee and the assistance of Hanna:Keelan Associates. 


The housing study is funded by a grant provided by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, with matching funds from DAD.  This study will serve as an update to the current Area-Wide Housing Study, completed in 2014.

The updated Area-Wide Housing Study will include important population, income and economic data, a housing stock analysis, strategies for affordable housing development, a Five-Year Housing Action Plan for both new and rehabilitated housing, and funding options for both future owner and rental housing developments for all Dawson County communities, as well as the communities of Elwood in Gosper County and the Village of Eustis in Frontier County.


The housing study process will also include a comprehensive citizen participation program, consisting of county-wide “Housing Listening Sessions” and both a “Citizen Housing Survey” and a “Workforce Housing Needs Survey.”


According to Andrea McClintic, executive director of DAD, “Once completed, the housing study should attract a host of both public and private entities to facilitate and implement new and improved housing throughout the Dawson County Area.  The previous study proved to be a big success for the area.”

She said the new housing study will address the housing needs and wants of the entire citizenry of the area, including all age and income household sectors. Special attention will be given to determining the need for varied housing types for the area’s workforce, elderly households, families, special needs populations and the potential for additional housing in the downtowns of our major communities.

The Dawson County Area-Wide Housing Study will be completed with the assistance of Hanna:Keelan Associates, P.C., a Nebraska based community planning and research consulting firm. The firm is in its 40th year of serving Nebraska communities and counties.  Hanna:Keelan works extensively in central Nebraska preparing comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, housing studies, downtown and redevelopment plans and assisting communities in building both family and elderly housing. 

Questions and/or comments regarding the Area-Wide Housing Study can be directed to McClintic at 308-217-0004 or


Area residents are asked to complete two surveys on-line with options available for English or Spanish.


Links to the surveys can be found on the City of Lexington website at under the “News” tab.



Citizen Survey (Spanish)

Workforce Survey (Spanish)


Citizen Survey (English)

Workforce Survey (English)


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