Detroit Lakes’ population has increased by 5.9% since 2010 and most of the land has already been developed. Through the comprehensive planning process, the city is working to find areas of opportunity for high density multifamily development. According to Mayor Matt Brenk, “We’ve got to provide those lower cost housing options.” The areas of opportunity for affordable, multifamily development are often on the peripheral of a zone, the battleground of zoning and where community pushback is one of the greatest challenges. “We’re literally running out of places… we’re going to update the land-use plan to start trying to identify areas that we feel are going to be a future high density.” By doing this early, the city has time to properly engage residents and build support for this new housing typology.