offering free homesites
The City of Plainville, located in Rooks County of
northwest Kansas, is offering free lots for the construction of
new homes. The North Town Addition
project will give people a chance to build a home and live in a
small-town atmosphere, and at the same time, have big city
conveniences not far away.
Plainville is a city of just over 2,000 people in
a county that has a population of around 5,600 people. Major
industries include: manufactured housing, oil production,
agriculture, truck trailer manufacture, health care, and furniture
design. I would encourage you to visit the county website
to learn more about what our community has to offer.
Currently, three building lots are still available
on a first-come, first-served basis. Requirements and features
of the program include:
Homes must be new construction.
All homes must be on a full foundation,
whether stick-built or modular. No single wide mobile
An agreement will be entered into between the
City of Plainville and the Buyer. The agreements
specifies that the Buyer has six (6) months to enter into a
contract with a building contractor to build a single family
residence on the property. Construction on the home must
begin within twelve (12) months of the date of the agreement,
and construction must be completed in eighteen (18) months.
The city requests that you meet personally with the city
council at the time you apply, or soon afterward, so they can
meet you and approve the plans for your home.
The plans and specifications for the home must
first be approved by the City Council.
A $500 deposit shall be paid to the
city. This deposit will be refunded to the Buyer at the
time of closing provided that the Buyer has performed all of
the covenants contained in the agreement and all terms of the
contract have been completed.
After completion of the terms of the contract,
the property will be deeded to the Buyer at
the time of closing.
Click on any of the pictures below to see completed houses in the new addition and one still under
has a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan that will provide for the
rebate of the property taxes on the new house (and any additional
structures such as outbuildings) on a declining scale over a
10-year period. A
homeowner would realize at least a
50% property tax saving over a 10-year period.
(To read the specifics about this program, go to the
Rooks County NRP webpage: www.rookscounty.net/neighborhood_revita.htm.
In addition, because the infrastructure is in
place, there are no special assessments added to the
property taxes. The owner is responsible for bringing
utilities to the house, however.
To receive an application, you can contact the
Plainville City Office at 785-434-2841, or click
here to view a printable copy of the application.
Applicants should take care to carefully read the application
before submitting it to the Plainville City Office.
Also available on this website is information
picture to the left is of some of the surrounding neighborhood
where the free lots are located.
As you can see, the neighborhood is a relatively
new development with a few small trees.
If you have any questions, please contact Roger
Hrabe at the Rooks County Economic Development Office at
785-425-6881, M-F, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.