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Oct-17     On Target

Mixed New Housing

01/03/2017 – 12/31/2019

By 2019, 25% of new housing will be located in neighborhoods or developments that incorporate a mix of lot sizes, development densities and housing types and styles

Description

To allow for varied incomes, lifestyles, and age groups, it is essential to provide opportunities for different housing types. The following principles will help provide a balance of housing types, located appropriately with accessible infrastructure and services:

  • Opportunities for affordable housing, senior housing, and housing of different tenure types
  • Development of apartments, condominiums, town-homes, patio homes, micro-housing, and different tenure types where appropriate
  • Where possible, new housing should be incorporated into commercial areas
  • Improved pedestrian and bicycle connectivity is vital to encouraging and supporting all forms of housing throughout Arvada
  • Designate redevelopment areas and focus resources
  • Locate affordable housing in new employment areas and near Arvada’s commuter rail stations

Older, handicapped, and/or disabled residents in the community require housing that is the right sized, designed accordingly and located in appropriate locations. This may result in smaller and safer housing, with minimal trip hazards, easy access to cooking and bathroom facilities, wider hallways to accommodate wheelchairs and motorized carts, and grab bars in multiple locations. Given the constraints and costs it is more effective to incorporate age-friendly, universal design into new construction. The following principles will help facilitate the transition for aging seniors and accommodate disabled residents:

  • Locating housing near services
  • Universal design for housing and public facilities
  • Wide sidewalks and trails
  • Increase housing options with access to a cohesive public transit network

Significance

Historically, single-family housing has dominated residential construction, with large swings in multi-family construction. Arvada’s historic and current demographics are in large measure a reflection of the current housing stock. The 2014 Comprehensive Plan shows that the City is aging and getting more diverse in population with desires to age in place or at least in Arvada. We are also seeing more millennials with diverse housing needs not yet being provided to the degree needed in the community. A variety of housing types and densities are important to the City to be able to accommodate all age groups and housing desires for the future.

Milestones

 

On Target
Develop a system to track the mix of housing approved by the City via the permit system

 

On Target
Evaluate zoning options to facilitate mixed housing options within the City as a part of the Land Development Code (LDC) update

 

On Target
Develop an educational program for citizens explaining the benefits of diverse housing

 



City of Arvada
8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, Colorado 80002
arvada.org

Office of Performance Management
Kelley Hartman 720-898-7513
[email protected]


City of Arvada

8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, Colorado 80002
arvada.org

Office of Performance Management
Kelley Hartman 720-898-7513
[email protected]

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