Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP)

The City of Great Bend and the Barton County Commission recently adopted a new Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) that went into effect on January 1, 2022.  This plan intends to promote the revitalization and development of Barton County by providing property owners with a tax rebate incentive for certain new construction or rehabilitation projects on their residential, commercial or agriculture properties throughout the County.


This program is not new to the City of Great Bend.  However, anyone who has participated in the program in the past will notice a few differences.  The revised plan still has the City of Great Bend split into two target areas.  Most of the properties East of Washington Street will fall into Target Area 1 and may qualify for a 10 year rebate while most of the properties West of Washington Street will fall into Target Area 2 and may qualify for a 5 year rebate.  The primary changes that will be noticed fall into the administration and application process.  Under the revised program property owners need to make sure to note the following factors:
 
       1.  Property owners and their contractors are still REQUIRED to pull permits for their construction projects.  No
            Neighborhood Revitalization will be issued unless all of the appropriate permits are issued prior to work
            beginning.
       2.  Part One of the Neighborhood Revitalization Application must be obtained and filed with the Barton County
Appraiser's Office PRIOR to commencement of the project.
       3.  Once Part Two is returned to the Barton County Appraiser's Office the project will NOT be deemed complete and
            property values reassessed until all required inspections have been completed during the construction process.
      
The City of Great Bend will continue to issue permits and complete inspections throughout the process just like it always has.  The major change is that instead of the City of Great Bend issuing the Neighborhood Revitalization Application when a permit is issued, property owners will now be responsible for obtaining the application from the Barton County Appraiser's Office.  All application parts will now be returned directly to the Barton County Appraiser's Office as well instead of funneling through the City of Great Bend first.

Another major change to the revised program relates to the unincorporated areas of Barton County.  These areas of the County may now be eligible for a 10 year rebate where they weren't in the past.  The City of Great Bend currently issues permits verifying zoning regulations for projects within the 3-mile Extraterritorial Area that add new square footage ONLY.  We WILL continue to issue these new square footage zoning permits.  Property owners for these types of construction will be responsible for making contact with the Barton County Appraiser's Office PRIOR to commencing work to obtain and file their applications.  The City of Great Bend does not issue permits for repairs, remodels, plumbing, electrical or mechanical outside the City of Great Bend.  Property owners within the 3-mile Extraterritorial Area of the City of Great Bend looking at completing rehabilitation projects on their properties should call the City of Great Bend Building Inspector's office for more information related to their project and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

Questions regarding the new plan may be addressed to the Barton County Appraiser's Office at (620) 793-1821 or City of Great Bend Building Inspections at (620) 793-4106.

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