Housing Advisory Board
Workforce Housing Task Force
HISTORY AND TIMELINE
- In early April 2011, City Council voted to repeal the City’s Inclusionary Zoning program, which required developments to provide 10% of the housing they built as affordable to residents at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for for-sale homes and at or below 50% of the Area Median Income for rental homes. The repeal removed the building requirement and allowed all affordable home owners in the Program to be released from their Period of Affordability.
- In May, 2011, Council approved the seating of a Task Force to “look at establishing a new Affordable Housing Program to replace the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.” Former Mayor Baum indicated the Task Force should “make sure everyone is a winner in the process and the recommendations that come out of it.”
- Members were to include representatives from the lending community, local developers/builders (rental and for sale), business community, real estate, non-profit builders/developers, Longmont Boards/Commissions (Planning & Zoning, Housing and Human Services Advisory Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Board, and the Affordable Housing Technical Review Group), a Workforce Board member, Boulder County Human Services, and three homeowners who purchased through an affordable home buyer program.
WORKFORCE HOUSING TASK FORCE
- In July, 2011 the first notification went out to solicit applications for the Workforce Housing Task Force. Broad solicitation included notifications on the website, notices in the City’s newspaper weekly column and the city’s e-newsletter, ads in the Longmont Daily Times-Call newspaper, direct mail to participants in the City’s affordable home buyer programs, notification to the Chamber of Commerce and its subcommittees, an email blast to real estate agent through the Longmont Area Realtors Association, direct notification to approved city Advisory Boards, etc.
- In November, 2011 the Task Force members were appointed (see below for members and their representation).
- The purpose established by the Task Force is to: Determine the need for affordable housing in Longmont to house our work force and make recommendations to Council on how to address that need.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE
- The Task Force began meeting in January, 2012 and has been meeting once a month since that time. Click here to see what has been accomplished to date and the timeline for the rest of the year
Click here to view the past meeting minutes
FACILITATION AND OUTSIDE RESOURCES:
- The City is providing two trained facilitators to help the group meet their goals – Jon Clarke from Community and Neighborhood Resources and Michele Waite from Senior Services.
- The City funded the work of a housing consultant – Community Strategies Institute – to determine the housing needs in the community and to make recommendations and draw conclusions from the data provided. This work also compared the City of Longmont, its needs and its available housing to four other local communities to determine how Longmont may affect those communities and how they may affect Longmont in the areas of housing availability and costs.
Click here to view a copy of the Housing Needs Analysis
Click here to see the presentations made by the Housing Consultants on the results of the Housing Needs Analysis
Task Force Members
Edith Bunting (resigned)
Amy Pirnack (resigned)
Boulder County Housing & Human Services
Tom Dueber - Non-Profit For-Sale Housing Developer (Habitat for Humanity)
David Gregg - For Profit For-Sale Housing Developer (Boulder Creek Builders)
Michael Reis - Non-Profit Rental Housing Developer (Longmont Housing Development Corp.)
Lori Walker - For Profit Rental Housing Developer (Lorilisa, Inc.)
Wendell Pickett - Frontier Companies/Mountain View Welding
Sam Seyfi - MagneLab, Inc.
Longmont Human Services
Terry Benjamin - EFAA (Atwood Shelter)
Anne Kear - Longmont Housing Authority
Sandy Stewart - OUR Center
Jeff King - FirstBank
Eric Kittelberger - Guaranty Bank
Deanna Dyer - Dyer Realty
Workforce Boulder County
City Boards and Commissions
Diane Groff - Affordable Housing Technical Review Group
Joan Heckman - Senior Advisory Board
Robert Pries - Housing and Human Services Advisory Board
Melinda Yale - Planning and Zoning Commission