Please note: The Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) has submitted to the City of Lafayette our illustrative plan for Willoughby Corner, a new east Lafayette neighborhood of diverse homes for families, seniors, our workforce, and others who are struggling with the high cost of housing in our community. The plan, which is based on community input and the goals and mission of the Boulder County Housing Authority, can be viewed here.
BCHA will hold an open-house-style neighborhood meeting on the Willoughby Corner community of affordable homes at 6 p.m. on March 6, 2019 at Josephine Commons Senior Housing (455 N. Burlington Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026). The meeting will include a brief presentation on the project as well as stations on the site plan, transportation and traffic, and affordable housing. City of Lafayette Planning staff will also be present at the meeting. Anyone with an interest in Willoughby Corner is invited to attend.
An online public comment period on the Willoughby Corner illustrative plan closed on February 8, 2019.
Naming Update: Lafayette residents have chosen a name for their newest affordable workforce housing neighborhood: Willoughby Corner! Stay tuned for more information on the name, coming soon.
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, collects 30 cents per square foot on all new residential development to help fund permanently-affordable housing.
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.