By Amy Reinholds
The Housing Recovery Task Force (HRTF) presented updates to the Lyons Board of Trustees at a workshop on March 17. The Board of Trustees directed the task force to focus now on recovery option 2: replacement housing minus households not returning (approximately 35-50 homes) and option 3: replacement housing equal to housing lost in the flood (a maximum of approximately 90-100 homes). The Board encouraged the Task Force to make sure to include the
needs of the residents of the 43 destroyed mobile homes.
The Board directed the HRTF to provide the following information for the new Board, which will be elected in April:
- More specifics on housing needs, including what planner Rosi Dennett described about number of landowners who were interested in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)/404 buyout purchase of property. She reported that 20 landowners have said that they want to participate; about 20-25 have said they might want to participate, and 3 have said they don’t want to participate. Landowners are expected to know in December whether they will get buyout money, but they aren’t expected to receive the funds until March 2015.
- A map of expected new park land that would come from the HMGP/404 buyout program.
- Exact details of each encumbrance for each parcel.
- Exact details of the roads and access for each parcel, including cost.
- A conceptual design plan for considered parcels.
- An area development plan that includes the St. Vrain Valley School District.
You can download the HRTF presentation at here.
What happened to the projects we defined in Recovery Working Groups?
The discussion of parcels for replacement housing has been more high profile in recent weeks, but housing ideas that were worked on as part of the Housing Recovery Working Group (RWG) are being finalized this month. Actions that the Housing RWG defined include everything from new subsidized and market-provided housing to a manufactured housing park, ways to help homeowners rebuild, and alternative housing concepts like permaculture.
Two upcoming meetings will show all the objectives and actions that all Recovery Working Groups developed, including Housing:
- Monday, March 24, 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall - Recovery Working Group workshop with the Planning and Community Development Commission and the Sustainable Futures Commission. Public Hearing of the Draft Recovery Action Plan by PCDC and SFC.
- Monday, March 31, 6 p.m. at Town Hall - the regular Lyons Board of Trustees meeting when the board will approve the Lyons Recovery Action Plan.
Here are all the Housing RWG objectives and actions that are part of the Draft Lyons Recovery Plan that the PCDC and SFC and the Board of Trustees will review:
- Existing Lyons Housing Objective 1.1: Promote safe, stable, diverse neighborhoods throughout Lyons that provide a range of housing options and link residents to destinations to learn, work, and shop.
Housing Action 1.1.3: Evaluate and modify existing regulations and codes regarding construction of residential structures in floodplain areas. Proposed by Housing RWG
(The “Reviewing and evaluating building policy and regulation” Project Development Guide is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Existing Lyons Housing Objective 1.2: Increase opportunities for affordable housing
Housing Action 1.2.4: Encourage the development/construction of housing that is affordable by virtue of the lot size, regulatory incentives, construction methodology and material usage, density, etc. Proposed by Housing RWG (The “New Housing that is affordable by nature” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
Housing Action 1.2.5: Encourage the development/construction of housing that is affordable through the use of financial subsides. Proposed by Housing RWG(The “New Housing that is affordable by subsidies” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.2.6: Encourage the development/construction of manufactured housing (including prefabricated, modular, and mobile homes) Proposed by Housing RWG (The “Manufactured Housing for Displaced Residents” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.2.7: Encourage the construction of alternative housing development and ownership models e.g.: co-housing; ecologically resilient; micro-units; sweat equity, permaculture, etc. Proposed by Housing RWG
(The “Model development of green affordable homes” PDG and Coco Gordon’s individually submitted “Miracle Village” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.2.8: Develop a community-based housing vision of sustainable, low-density, single-family energy efficient, sustainable, compatible architectural style with a public/private partnership. Proposed by Housing RWG (The “Model development of green affordable homes” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action
- New Housing Objective 1.4: Encourage and facilitate the rebuilding of the Lyons housing stock and the return of residents displaced by flooding. Proposed by Housing RWG
- Housing Action 1.4.1: Create a database of residents who were displaced and homes that were destroyed. Proposed by Housing RWG. (The “Facilitating Displaced Residents Who Decide to Rebuild” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.4.2: Expedite the regulatory review process. Proposed by Housing RWG. (The “Facilitating Displaced Residents Who Decide to Rebuild” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.4.3: Provide access to technical expertise to assist with rebuilding efforts. Proposed by Housing RWG. (The “Facilitating Displaced Residents Who Decide to Rebuild” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.4.4: Leverage volunteer efforts to assist with reconstruction/rebuilding efforts Proposed by Housing RWG (The “Facilitating Displaced Residents Who Decide to Rebuild” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action)
- Housing Action 1.4.5: Create a temporary RV Park for displaced residents. Proposed by Housing RWG. (The “Temporary RV Park for Displaced Residents” PDG is addressed in this Housing Action
You can review this information at here.