Attainable Housing Map
02/01/2017 – 12/31/2017
The intent of this strategic result is to provide information with appropriate maps to attainable housing developers on potential sites they could investigate for attainable housing development. This will provide information for the City to use in considering, with possible partners, eventual development of attainable housing or other land reservation or designation tools. This will involve taking a layer of all vacant properties and classifying each parcel based on site and location characteristics and to key those parcels to a map.
Site factors would pertain to the parcel itself and include considerations such as size and shape of parcel, slope, soils, and presence of hazards. Location characteristics would relate to proximity and accessibility to essential services, like schools, markets, employment centers, transit stops, and medical care, as well as amenities, like parks and recreation facilities. Work will also include completing 3D visualizations of what several of these development areas might look like.
Over the past five years, the City of Denver has experienced rapid and massive population growth, which has expanded the radius of the housing market to include exurban municipalities such as the City of Arvada. There is growing pressure for the Metro-Denver area to provide more housing options for residents, particularly higher density and attainable multi-family housing. The Urban Land Institute’s "Ten Principles of Developing Affordable Housing" (2007) promotes selecting sites for opportunity and choice, "to maximize economic and social opportunities for its residents as well as to allow for quality-of-life amenities (p. 18)." Accordingly, the City of Arvada must be proactive in determining locations for new multi-family housing developments through a thorough process that effectively utilizes existing data and resources. As a component of the Hometown Colorado Initiative, this report documents analysis using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) techniques to identify and classify vacant lots in the City of Arvada based on their fitness for multi-family housing.