October 16, 2021

Alexandra Beer House

The Real Estate Experts

Summit County commissioners and staff members discover vital players, following ways in housing procedures

Kingdom Park in Breckenridge is pictured on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Summit County is exploring a range of methods to assistance mitigate the popular housing issue, and one of these involves mastering far more about modular households.
Image by Michael Yearout / Michael Yearout Pictures

The goal of past week’s Summit County Housing Motion Initiative was to carry numerous stakeholder teams collectively to brainstorm initiatives, packages and tasks that would aid control Summit County’s cost-effective housing challenge. At the Summit County Commissioners’ perform session assembly Tuesday, July 27, county staff members and elected officers mentioned the six key tactics stakeholders valued the most and determined vital gamers and upcoming steps to transfer these solutions forward.

The 6 strategies that ended up most valued at the housing summit were being:

  • Launching an on the web clearing household for locals to locate housing in and all-around the county
  • Shifting the Lake Hill workforce housing development job forward
  • Mitigating the adverse impacts of quick-term rentals
  • Finding out a lot more about modular houses
  • Generating accent dwelling units extra available
  • Figuring out funding streams for different initiatives

A clearing dwelling for housing



Summit County Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence acknowledged that Breckenridge was currently working a identical method to a clearing dwelling — a a person-halt online useful resource for locating very affordable housing in the county — but that software was so niche that the county desired to take a broader technique.

At the moment, locals use word-of-mouth, Facebook teams Just one Man’s Junk and Summit County Housing Relationship, and pals and family to find offered models.



During the housing retreat final 7 days, the Summit Put together Housing Authority was determined as the organization that could choose on this venture. Rob Murphy, the authority’s govt director, was in support of the thought.

Lawrence advised that human source administrators from regional firms get included with the scheduling of this initiative, and she said another brainstorming session all-around this subject matter should really be prepared in the near upcoming. Summit County Supervisor Scott Vargo reported county personnel experienced a meeting scheduled this 7 days to examine the task with Murphy and his team.

Lawrence even instructed that the housing authority could rebrand to make it much more approachable to potential renters and locals.

“We know from a authorities side what the housing authority means and does, but if you’re public facing it doesn’t really sit perfectly,” she mentioned. “So rather, if it is much more like ‘Summit Housing,’ it’s a lot more of a standard, helpful location to go.”

Shifting Lake Hill ahead

Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue mentioned she and Vargo were being pushing really hard to get a “yes” from Frisco officers about moving the Lake Hill workforce advancement undertaking along.

Continue to in its conceptual scheduling period, the task could have around 436 workforce housing models situated in close proximity to Frisco, but the property’s deficiency of infrastructure is a single of many hurdles stalling the task. Both equally Pogue and Vargo reported for the duration of a breakout group dialogue on the project’s infrastructure requires they felt a pause from Frisco’s conclusion of the desk.

“We want to be capable to shift the rezoning course of action alongside, inspite of the simple fact that we could not have all the details labored out, since of the timing issue and simply because this has sat for as prolonged as it has,” Vargo mentioned. “We want to get issues rolling yet again, and regrettably, we couldn’t get that heading.”

Pogue said during the dialogue, some of Frisco’s leaders pointed out that mainly because of the project’s infrastructure requires the improvement would have a considerable cost tag. Pogue explained that the group responded, “If you really do not transfer ahead with it, you will regret not acquiring moved ahead with it due to the fact it is that huge of an possibility.”

She reported that the team pointed out that there is federal funding accessible for jobs like these, but they “needed a minor bit of a thumbs up from Frisco” in advance of transferring ahead.

Even though Summit County officials are worried about their partnership with the city, Frisco Mayor Hunter Mortensen said in an job interview Tuesday that he and his workforce are open up to conversations about the challenge, primarily now that other towns feel to be intrigued in contributing to its accomplishment.

“We all recognize that it’s time to truly force Lake Hill ahead and make that a fact, so I really don’t believe there is any hesitancy,” Mortensen stated. “I imagine it is just time to revisit the conversation. … It has not been experienced in a good few of years and particularly with this sitting down council. The wonderful section of that breakout team was the other towns in the county now see that they also must be a get together to Lake Hill, and which is in no way been component of the conversation.”

County leadership estimated that the project’s 1st section will not be concluded for at the very least another a few a long time, and rezoning the property normally takes up a good part of that timeline. Pogue asked Summit County Neighborhood Growth Director Jim Curnutte if his staff had the potential to shorten that timeline. She also proposed web hosting a town hall about the venture to teach the public about why it is been a pair many years in the producing.

Officers from both of those Frisco and Summit County program to reconvene future month to focus on future techniques. In the meantime, all a few commissioners program to fulfill with Frisco council users one particular-on-a person to discuss fears.

Concentrating on quick-expression rentals

The subsequent ways for focusing on quick-expression rentals and their impression on the housing concern have been fewer obvious compared to other methods, and which is partly for the reason that the conversation close to the challenge has develop into so sensitive.

“The fervor all-around this situation is so substantial that people can not hear what is really happening, and someway we have to find a way to get absolutely everyone to choose a deep breath so that we can essentially make some progress that tends to make sense,” Pogue mentioned.

Summit County Housing Director Jason Dietz pointed out that following measures have been not identified at previous week’s housing summit, specifically about taxing.

During Tuesday’s meeting, county officials did talk about the likelihood of capping the quantity of small-time period models, but Pogue voiced worry that this method could backfire if not implemented effectively.

“I concur that it has to be a combination of strategies, no question,” she explained. “I nevertheless am anxious that if we really don’t do this in the ideal buy we’re heading to drop units. If we were to say appropriate now — without the need of supplying a enhance of services — (we’re) just doing a cap, we eliminate a good deal of prospect to transition models again into workforce housing. … They’ll hold onto it or they’ll market it, and they’ll promote it for $1 million. And there is no way a community could possibly manage it in this natural environment.”

A different concept supported by the county was to take a look at the likelihood of possibility zones. Dietz explained his staff could work on identifying neighborhoods typically inhabited by locals and prohibit quick-expression rentals in these areas. Dietz explained he and his workforce could commence pushing out messaging and get started shifting forward with this system one particular zone at a time, and this could transpire in the future month or so.

Discovering about modular homes

Lawrence mentioned that she was in guidance of working with modular properties as a approach. She presented to coordinate a area trip for community leaders to get them to visit Fading West Development’s producing plant in Buena Vista. A single of the company’s reps attended the housing summit and voiced a drive to do the job inside of the county.

1 difficulty connected with this strategy is determining land for these homes. Dietz suggested that the county’s parcel of land in close proximity to the Summit County Justice Heart could be an best locale, though it’d likely only maintain 20 to 25 units.

Accessory dwelling unit options

Yet another method reviewed was how the county could make accent dwelling units much more obtainable to citizens.

Currently, Dietz and his crew have waived numerous charges for these wanting to include an accent dwelling device on to their house. Vargo brought up the large charge of including hookups for water and sewer traces, and Dietz mentioned that his workforce is doing work on some form of system that would grant cash to go over these prices.

In addition, the crew suggested building some form of style library for these models, which would assistance conserve time and cash for inhabitants seeking to increase these units to their home. The workforce also advised giving modular-like accessory dwelling device selections, as well.

Though service fees for these types of models have currently been waived, Dietz and his group are nonetheless ironing out other aspects involving accessory dwelling units, which he hopes to existing to the county commissioners in the fall.

Extra funding for housing jobs

Pogue mentioned that at the housing summit, officials from Breckenridge, Frisco and Silverthorne had been in unanimous assistance for reauthorizing the 5A profits and use tax of .125%. Pogue noted that officers from Dillon and Blue River were being not in this breakout group, but she recommended that if there was unanimous aid from all of the towns the county commissioners would set this on their agenda for the potential.

A different item proposed by stakeholders, especially officials from community cities, was for the county to improve its fee for short-expression rental permits. This is a measure that Breckenridge officials are inspecting, but Summit County Legal professional Jeff Huntley said the county isn’t as flexible to do this below the state’s structure.

Huntley said property rule authority gives town governments with the electric power to legislate and make rules applicable to community regions, that means cities like Breckenridge have far more autonomy than the county.

Pogue also observed that attendees all through the housing summit prompt utilizing the lodging tax as a suggests for producing resources for workforce housing initiatives.

Ultimate ideas

In all, most county staff customers and elected officials imagined very last week’s housing summit was effective, particularly the brainstorm session that resulted in about 30 ideas.

Vargo mentioned he’d hoped that a developer or benefactor would have appear forward prepared to start a new project, but this did not occur.

“I experienced hoped that as aspect of the dialogue that we could possibly have gotten possibly a couple developers or somebody came forward that claimed, ‘By the way I have obtained 50 acres, and I would actually like to set up a (partnership) with any individual to do a task below.’ We didn’t get that sad to say.”