On September 24th, 2019 the Lafayette Planning Commission approved Boulder County Housing Authority’s (BCHA’s) sketch plan for Willoughby Corner on a 6-0 vote. There were nine conditions attached to their approval. The Planning Commission Decision Memo outlines their approval and those conditions.
Update as of April 6th, 2020
The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) is continuing to focus on outreach (electronically for the time being), design, and planning during the City of Lafayette zoning and entitlements phase for Willoughby Corner. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will utilize this web page for information-sharing in lieu of our typical in-person community meetings.
To date, outreach has consisted of distributing 5,000 flyers and postcards to nearby households and local businesses; 25 community meetings, including three held in Spanish; open houses with more than 500 attendees; and 10 meetings initiated by BCHA with the East Lafayette Advisory Committee (ELAC).
The Boulder County Housing Authority submitted the first Preliminary Plan submittal for Willoughby Corner on March 27, 2020. Preliminary Plans provide the required engineering plans and studies for the City of Lafayette staff and the Planning Commission to review a more detailed design. The Preliminary Plan will eventually include a public hearing before the Lafayette Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meeting date has not yet been set and will be based on staff engineering review of the multiple Preliminary Plan submittals prior to Final Plan submittal.
The Preliminary Plan document set is available for download from the links below:
We expect the Final Plan submittal to take place later in 2020. The Final Plan typically includes a Final Plat and a development agreement, along with all other final documents and agreements. The Final Plan will require a public hearing before the Lafayette City Council. Please continue to visit this Willoughby Corner page for updates regarding the project timeline and public meeting dates.
BCHA is currently working through some technical issues around traffic and transportation planning, storm water management, and site networks and connections. There will be additional public meetings, including with the Lafayette Planning Commission and City Council, as well as with our East Lafayette Advisory Committee, as this process moves forward.
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Willoughby Corner: Expanding Housing Options for Families and Individuals, Elders, and our Workforce
Amid skyrocketing housing prices across our county and along the Front Range, Boulder County is planning to create a neighborhood of diverse housing options that will help the City of Lafayette and the broader region reach important goals for addressing the lack of housing affordability in the years ahead, and that will serve generations of families and individuals, elders, and our workforce.
The planned housing site is a 24-acre parcel located just southwest of the intersection of 120th Street and East Emma Street in Lafayette. Boulder County and the City of Lafayette purchased the property for $3.5 million from Flatirons Community Church, a strong supporter of affordable housing. An intergovernmental agreement is in place between the City of Lafayette and Boulder County dedicating the land for the creation of deed-restricted, permanently-below-market-rate homes, to include both rental and ownership options.
The land parcel sits in an ideal location for housing that will be dedicated to working families and individuals, community elders, and others who need safe, stable, and quality homes they can afford. It is near important services and the Lafayette town center, and the area is considered a priority by the Boulder County Transportation Department for the enhancement of multi-modal transportation options.
The City of Lafayette’s Affordable Housing Development Fee is supporting this planned affordable workforce housing. The fee, which went into effect in January 2016 and has been updated twice since, now collects $1.00 per square foot on all new residential development to help fund permanently-affordable housing. In July 2019, this was updated to include a $1.00 per square foot affordable housing development fee on all new commercial development as well. Here is the ordinance describing this fee.
The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) is the official housing authority for all areas of the county beyond the city limits of Longmont and Boulder, including Lafayette. A significant portion of BCHA’s mission is to sustainably maximize access to and maintain quality affordable housing and appropriate services for residents of Boulder County, including middle-, low-, and very-low-income community members. We accomplish this mission through community collaboration, integrated services and programs, professional organization, effective management, and the pursuit and expansion of funding sources and land and building acquisition.