Summit County Housing Department
The key functions of the Summit County Housing Department include policy and strategy development, affordable workforce housing development and asset acquisition and management.
Policy and Strategy Development
The Housing Department works directly with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on all policies and strategies affecting affordable workforce housing in Summit County. The Housing Department works closely with other county agencies including, but not limited to, Planning, Building Inspections, Public Works, and Road and Bridge.
2013 Summit County Workforce Housing Needs Assessment (pdf)
Affordable Workforce Housing Development
The Housing Department is responsible for all phases of affordable workforce housing development from conceptualization to implementation, including the following:
- Identify potential development opportunities and acquire land suitable for development;
- Coordinate preparation of site-specific development plans, entitlements and building permitting;
- Coordinate with ongoing private development for housing opportunities;
- Arrange for project financing, including applicable federal and state grants and loan programs;
- Seek out, develop and maintain partnerships with nonprofit, corporate, private and governmental entities;
- Prepare and manage consultant and construction contracts;
- Manage construction projects;
- Provide and coordinate new rental or purchase opportunities for locals.
Asset Acquisition and Management
The Housing Department actively manages the county’s affordable workforce housing assets by:
- Identifying potential workforce housing sites;
- Acquiring and entitling properties to be used for affordable ownership and rental housing;
- Providing supervision and technical expertise for rental properties owned by the County;
- Ensuring compliance with all covenants and deed restrictions where the County is the beneficiary;
- Maintaining properties consistent with the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act and Summit County’s ownership goals.
Current Workforce Housing Project Updates
West Hills Phase I
West Hills Townhomes is a public-private partnership between Summit County government and West Hills LLC. Phase 1 of the project comprises 25 two- and three-bedroom townhomes in the Keystone area to be ready for occupancy in summer 2018. A lottery for eligible applicants was held in October 2017 and all units are currently under contract. For more Phase I sales information, contact Summit Combined Housing Authority at email@example.com or Chris Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Hills Phase II
The county has issued a Request for Proposal for Developers of the parcel of land to the west of West Hills Phase I, to accommodate up to 41 units in a combination of condo and townhome layouts. Phase II units will enjoy the same common amenities as Phase I with trail connections, common gathering and play areas and community gardens. Pending developer responses, we anticipate occupancy in Spring 2019 with a lottery for qualified applicants likely to be held in late Summer 2018. The application process has not begun, but you may contact the Summit Combined Housing Authority at email@example.com to be added to a list of interested parties for West Hills Phase II.
Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan
Affordable Workforce Housing Needs
Development of affordable workforce housing has been identified as one of the County’s greatest needs, and the Lake Hill property is a key opportunity to address this challenge. The 2016 Summit County Workforce Housing Demand Study identified a need for up to 560 affordable workforce housing units in the Tenmile Basin by 2020, including approximately 360 affordable rentals (64%) and 200 affordable ownership units (36%). The study shows that the greatest unmet housing needs in the Tenmile Basin are affordable rental housing and lower-priced, entry-level owner-occupied housing. The Lake Hill property cannot solve all of the identified housing needs, but the County’s goal is to maximize the number of homes on the property while creating a livable neighborhood that is compatible with its surroundings.
If you have questions or comments about Summit County’s affordable workforce housing efforts, contact Summit County Housing Director Nicole Bleriot 970-485-4136.