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Andy Kay looked closely at many of the 13 display boards featured Monday night, Nov. 20, at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in downtown Bettendorf. Those information boards were on display to show the public several pieces of the city’s Comprehensive Plan: Premiering Bettendorf. The information included data on the city’s potential economic expansion, housing, annexation, population, land use and other topics associated with growth through the year 2045. (An online PDF of the 129-page plan can be found here.)
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- The city’s population is predicted to go from its current level of about 39,000 to more than 57,400 by 2045.
- The city could need 8,250 new housing units between 2020 and 2045.
- Information also pointed out current housing value and rent trends. For instance, the average monthly housing rent has risen from $599 in 2010 to $891 in 2021 – a 32% increase. Also, the average home sale price has increased from $164,000 in 2010 to $224,000 in 2021. That’s also a 32% increase.
- Growth patterns are to the north of current city limits.