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Project Experience

Location: Gillette, Wyoming and Wright, Wyoming
Client: Campbell County Economic Development Corporation
P. O. Box 3948, Gillette, WY  82717
Contact: Ms. Betty Blenkush, Research and Grant Specialist
Year Completed: 2000 and updated 2001
Project Scope:

During the fourth quarter (4Q) of 1999 and the first quarter  (1Q) of 2000, Campbell County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) recognized various signs of an increased demand for housing in the Gillette area.  Early indications of increased residential demands sparked a growing interest among some local housing developers to consider potential housing developments in the City of Gillette and other nearby properties in the Gillette Urban Services Area.

While the signs of increased residential demand were increasingly evident, the memory of housing projects constructed during past economic development boom periods was also vivid to many Gillette residents and the Gillette business community.  Developers, bankers, realtors, and other community leaders wanted to examine relevant housing trends and related information that could help better evaluate the future need for housing, housing development opportunities, and the financial viability of potential housing development projects.  Because of this need, Pedersen Planning Consultants was retained by the CCEDC to evaluate future housing demands for the 2000-2015 period. 

PPC initially evaluated existing housing characteristics and evaluated the prospects for future employment.  Representatives of regional industrial and commercial employers were interviewed to assess potential opportunities for new employment associated with ongoing coal-bed methane development, surface coal extraction, larger commercial and institutional employers, and other potential economic activities.  Potential housing demands were determined for various segments of the anticipated labor force.

The potential housing market was further refined by an analysis of housing affordability.  Anticipated incomes of prospective employees were correlated with desired monthly income levels needed to secure mortgages for fee simple properties or support monthly payments for rental housing.

PPC also evaluated the capability of Gillette to support future housing demands. This analysis was accomplished through discussions with planners from the City of Gillette and Campbell County, as well as a window survey of all residential neighborhoods.  This combined information enabled PPC to locate potential residential development sites and assess their suitability for future residential expansion.

In 2001, CCEDC requested Pedersen Planning Consultants to update the 2000 report because of renewed prospects for continued coal bed methane production, new regional power plant development, and continued coal extraction activities that signaled an even greater potential demand for rental and fee simple housing in both Gillette and the Town of Wright.  Changes in residential housing demands were supplemented with new approaches and potential locations for future residential expansion in both communities.