Lafayette residents have chosen a name for their newest affordable workforce housing neighborhood: Willoughby Corner. Thanks to all who participated in this process!
Earlier this year, the Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) 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. The City of Lafayette has provided comments on this plan, and BCHA (via Norris Design) has responded to those comments.
BCHA met with the City of Lafayette to discuss their comments in more detail and plans to make a final submittal of the Sketch Plan on July 26th. BCHA also revised its sketch plans in response to input from the City of Lafayette input as well as from discussion with the East Lafayette Advisory Committee. The City of Lafayette’s comments on the second sketch plan are here. This will be the focus of conversation in the East Lafayette Advisory Committee meeting on July 15th (6 p.m., Community Room, Aspinwall at Josephine Commons in Lafayette). Also on the 7/15 ELAC agenda, a focus on BCHA’s planned changes to the site plan and the surrounding roadway network. BCHA will also review the gross density (via a question from an ELAC Member) and focus on density within zones of the site. The number of planned homes at Willoughby Corner remains at approximately 400 but density has shifted inside of the plan based on the comments from the City of Lafayette and ELAC members. In the meeting, BCHA will also talk about community outreach and next steps. See the agenda here.
BCHA held an open-house-style neighborhood meeting on the Willoughby Corner community of affordable homes on March 6, 2019. The meeting included 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 were also present at the meeting.
An online public comment period on the Willoughby Corner illustrative plan closed on February 8, 2019.
Additional meetings will be held about Willoughby Corner, including as we proceed through consideration processes with the City of Lafayette. While always welcome, public input will be formally sought by both the City of Lafayette and BCHA at various points during this time.
Sign up here if you’re interested in living in this new community in east Lafayette. Please note: this is not an application, nor does it put you on a wait list for these homes. Additional steps would need to be taken once the homes are complete and ready for move-in. We will contact everyone on this list as that time approaches.
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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, 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.