COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) cancelled Monday’s meeting and postponed a discussion concerning short-term vacation rentals to a workshop to be held on Monday, July 24.
Additional wording changes from the Town of Lyons attorney to a proposed short-term vacation policy were not completed in time for the meeting this week, so the next PCDC meeting on July 24 will be a workshop to discuss all the specific changes. Then the PCDC can vote on the final recommendation of the plan at a public hearing in August. The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible for voting on any

COMMENTARY: What’s The Future For Affordable Housing In Lyons?
By Amy Reinholds
Several people have been asking me about the status of the six homes that Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley plans to build in Lyons. At the end of last week, I checked in with Habitat for Humanity and Town of Lyons staff so I could report an update.

Before Habitat for Humanity can break ground, final paperwork steps in the process must be completed. These final steps are the approval of engineering documents by Town of Lyons staff. Joe Kubala of the Town of Lyons engineering department said Friday that he was working on review and comments for the grading plan in the engineering documents for new

COMMENTARY: What’s The Future For Affordable Housing In Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Planning & Community Development Commission (PCDC) heard public comment and reviewed proposed changes to Town of Lyons town code about short-term vacation rentals on Monday. But the four commissioners at the June 26 meeting decided to continue the public hearing, and any recommendations on changes to town code to July 10.

Commentary: What's the Future for Affordable Housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
Want some relaxing beach or riverside reading this summer? I like books that entertain but also help me learn about our society, step inside someone else's shoes, and inspire me with approaches that work.

 

COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Board of Trustees (BOT) voted 6-0 on May 15 to annex the recently purchased land at 4651 and 4652 Ute Highway. This step helps the Town of Lyons find a new home for a public works building, damaged in the 2013 flood, and it could provide opportunity for future affordable housing.

At a workshop about the annexation and initial zoning, held before the regular May 15 BOT meeting, Mayor Connie Sullivan talked about how economic development and affordable housing are related. “Businesses aren't thriving because they don't have enough employees, and employees can't afford to live here,” she said. 

Commentary: What's The Future for affordable housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
Monday's Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) discussion covered most of the recent challenges the commissioners have faced in the past year or two: accessory dwelling units, short-term vacation rentals, and the lack of a Town zoning and code enforcement department.

And there was a surprise at the June 12 PCDC meeting. Attendees at the meeting learned that there are two legal, permitted

 

 

COMMENTARY: What's the future for affordable housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinhold

Ever since the 2013 flood, and even earlier, Town of Lyons leaders, homeowners, and the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) have been talking about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) as a possible solution to provide more options for affordable rentals in town. As of Monday night, the first homeowners to participate in the Town of Lyons ADU process got the first step of approval from the PCDC. Next it will go to the Board of Trustees (BOT) on May 1.

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