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Jun-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


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


Historically, single-family housing has dominated residential construction, with large swings in multi-family construction. Arvada’s current and future demographics are in large measure a reflection of the current housing stock. To allow seniors to age in place, attract young families, and provide for the growing number of non-traditional households, the community’s housing mix and design characteristics need to align with the market demand. Re-evaluating and fine-tuning the appropriate mix in appropriate locations are critical to Arvada’s future.

A variety of housing types and densities are important to the City to be able to accommodate all age groups and housing desires. Present market priced housing options that increase the diversity of housing types in the City also tend to be more affordable than traditional single family and multi-family housing choices.



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