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Associated Press, Published September 25 2012

Gov. Dalrymple outlines housing plan to deal with growth

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is outlining plans to deal with new estimates of the state's rapid growth.

A new housing study predicts North Dakota's population will grow to 840,000 people by 2025. That's a 25 percent increase.

There could be demand for 6,000 new housing units each year for the next 15 years. That's the equivalent of adding the city of Grafton every year.

Dalrymple spoke Tuesday to a housing forum in Bismarck. He says he'll propose increasing state subsidies to promote affordable housing development. He wants more state grants to help cities build sewer and water systems and other public works.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency director Mike Anderson says the study provides crucial information about the state's housing needs during the next decade.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.