By Amy Reinholds
Research from Town staff found about 38 non-compliant accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the Town of Lyons, and another possible 17 more, Town Planner Paul Glasgow told the Lyons Board of Trustees on August 6.

A process for adding ADUs (small carriage houses or mother-in-law apartments) to single family home residential lots was created and modified in the Town of Lyons during the past few years, aiming to encourage more available rentals in town at lower costs because of the size, but still at market rate. The Lyons ADU ordinance (see http://www.townoflyons.com/566/Accessory-Dwelling-Units) allows

 

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
Summit Housing Group is still pursuing purchasing other properties in Lyons to be able to build a total of at least 40 affordable rental homes. However, if Lyons Valley Park Tract A is the only site, the company could still move forward and build only 29 homes there, Summit president Rusty Snow said last week.

 

 

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

By Amy Reinholds
At Monday’s Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) meeting, public hearings for conditional use reviews for detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at 408 Reese Street and 227 Park Street were postponed until Monday, August 27. The public hearing for review and approval of the Lyons Regional Library District development plan for a new library took

 

 

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

By Amy Reinholds
This summer and fall, look for features of some of our Lyons neighbors who live in affordable rentals. This profile is the first in the series.
Stevie LaRue first came to Lyons in 2006. He had lived in Ward, Colorado, since 1971, and originally rented a room from a family friend he knew from Ward who had a house in Lyons. “I saw him at the Folks Festival and asked if he had space available,” he said. LaRue is a long-time volunteer at Planet Bluegrass events in Lyons and Telluride.

 

 

COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing inn Lyons

By Amy Reinholds
Of the three proposed Auxillary Dwelling Units (ADUs) before the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) at the June 25 meeting, two were postponed until the July 23 meeting, and one was narrowly approved as a recommendation to go before the Board of Trustees on July 2. A common thread is that all were conditional use reviews for proposals to create dwelling units in existing out-buildings, but when the outbuildings were constructed

 

 

 

COMMENTARY: WHAT'S THE FUTURE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LYONS

By Amy Reinholds
The July 2 Lyons Board of Trustees meeting included updates about subsidized affordable rental proposals for Lyons Valley Park and 19617 North St. Vrain Drive, and a decision about a market-rate rental in an accessory dwelling unit.

During a staff report, Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen told the trustees that Summit Housing Group, which has an agreement to purchase Tract A of Lyons Valley Park Filing 8, is creating a new concept design proposing to build 29 affordable rentals on that parcel. She said that Summit is also pursuing a purchase agreement for 19617 North St. Vrain Drive and a concept plan that proposes 20 to 24 affordable townhomes there.

Summit, based in Missoula, MT, is a development company that specializes in low-income tax credit and mixed-use developments. It develops and manages rental properties in 6 states,

 

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

By Amy Reinholds
In the affordable housing discussions since the flood, I have been following the various words and actions about accessory dwelling units, also known as ADUs, mother-in-law apartments, or carriage houses, allowed on single family residential lots

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