As a Place to Live

Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods

Shared Neighborhood Spaces

Due: December 2025

Principle: Provides meaningful ways for the community to engage with local government and strategic partnerships to advance quality of life by embracing both Arvada’s small town traditions and history and changing to achieve an inclusive, equitable, diverse, prosperous, and resilient community that cares about its neighbors.

Description

The strong economy in the State of Colorado plays a key role in rising housing costs. In December 2019, the median home value in Arvada was $440,589. Arvada home values have gone up 2.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year. 

The median list price per square foot in Arvada is $272, which is higher than the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro average of $267. The median price of homes currently listed in Arvada is $459,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $421,500. 

The median rent price in Arvada is $2,150, which is higher than the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro median of $2,100. A household would need to make $85,000 per year to manage a monthly rental rate of $2,100. 

The 2020 CDBG Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan was presented to City Council on 10/21/19 and included the following internal departments and external agencies for preparation and implementation:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development, City Council for the City of Arvada, Planning Commission for the City of Arvada, City of Arvada City Manager’s Office City of Arvada Community Development Team, Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Team, Arvada Housing Authority, Finance, Public Works, The Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative & The Colorado Department of Human Services, Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI), Jefferson County Housing Authority and Housing Colorado among others.

Significance

Arvada's ability to attract and retain residents and businesses rely on the ability for individuals and families to afford housing. 

Analysis

A draft of the Housing Assessment and Strategy will be presented to Arvada City Council on Monday, October 26 2020 for review and comment. 

Work System
Performance Measures

Know Your Neighbor

Description

There are 25 Know Your Neighbor grants each year awarded to neighbors that are not yet enrolled in the Neighbors Connected program.  They are intended to provide seed money to get neighbors together and create a new neighborhood group.

Significance

The Know Your Neighbor Grant is typically the first entry point into our neighborhood engagement efforts for most Arvada residents.  Once they use the $100 grocery gift card to host a neighborhood gathering, they build the relationships that are needed to form an organized neighborhood group.  This then launches the neighborhood into our program, and unlocks access to our other tools and resources, like the Block Party Trailer and Neighborhood Movie Equipment.  

Analysis

Data Source

Google spreadsheet

Keeping Residents Informed

Description

The Arvada Community Survey is conducted every other year, and functions as a consumer report card for the City by providing residents the opportunity to rate their satisfaction with their quality of life, community amenities, and local government. The survey also gives residents an opportunity to provide feedback to the City government on what they believe is working well and what is not, and to communicate their priorities regarding community planning and resource allocation.

Significance

The Arvada Community Survey helps the City to achieve its mission: "We are dedicated to delivering superior services to enhance the lives of everyone in our community". The survey allows the City to gauge citizen satisfaction with essential services and operations. This measure identifies how well the City's workforce provides government transparency and citizen engagement. 

Analysis

86% of survey respondents in 2019 stated the City "meets", "exceeds", or "greatly exceeds" expectations with keeping residents informed about significant projects and initiatives. This is a 7% increase when compared to data gathered in 2017. 

Data Source

86% of survey respondents in 2019 stated the City "meets", "exceeds", or "greatly exceeds" expectations with keeping residents informed about significant projects and initiatives. This is a 7% increase when compared to data gathered in 2017.