Summit County Housing Department

The Housing Department works in collaboration with many community partners and neighboring jurisdictions to implement the County’s housing-related goals and strategies, and to increase the stock of local affordable workforce housing.

Key Functions

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
2016 Summit County Workforce Housing Demand Update

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 or Chris Turner at 

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 to be added to a list of interested parties for West Hills Phase II.

Huron Landing

The Town of Breckenridge and Summit County unveiled Huron Landing on July 14, 2017. Huron Landing includes 26 rental apartments just north of downtown Breckenridge on County Road 450. Read on...

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A three-story apartment building behind a sign that reads, Huron Landing.

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.

The Lake Hill Master Plan is a concept plan prepared based on the current workforce housing needs documented in the 2016 Summit County Housing Demand Update. The master plan guidance for Phase 1 identifies a suggested mix of for-sale and for-rent homes based on the most immediate Tenmile Basin workforce housing needs. Master plan guidance for future phases is intentionally more flexible, to allow future decisions on unit types and ownership-rental mixes to be based upon market demand and workforce housing needs over time.

Future Stages of the Planning & Development Process
There are a variety of ways that development of the Lake Hill Neighborhood can be implemented over the coming years, and many opportunities for public-private partnerships to develop different sections of the neighborhood in numerous phases. The Master Plan does not provide all of the answers on plan implementation. Many details are yet to be determined and will be developed during future stages of rezoning, site planning and development.

Key Details to be determined during future phases of planning and development include:

  • Future PUD Development Standards: Using the guidance provided in the Master Plan, more detailed zoning regulations and development standards will be established in a future PUD zoning document, to specify zoning requirements such as permitted building height, setbacks, road standards, etc. The County will work collaboratively with the Town of Frisco when developing the proposed PUD development standards, to ensure the zoning requirements are well thought out and compatible with Town of Frisco standards.
  • Unit Pricing and Deed Restrictions: Affordable sales prices and rental rates, and the accompanying deed restrictions for the housing units will be prepared during future development phases, in conjunction with the site plan approval for each individual development parcel.  
  • Future Property Ownership and Management: The ownership/management structure will be determined in conjunction with future planning reviews and public/private partnership contract agreements to develop individual properties within the neighborhood.
Illustration of the greater Frisco area. The Lake Hill parcel is between Dillon Dam Road and I-70, a

Lake Hill Master Plan

The Lake Hill Master Plan was completed in July 2017. The team is currently reviewing due diligence and next steps on this project.

Lake Hill Rendering Courtesy of Norris Design

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If you have questions or comments about Summit County’s affordable workforce housing efforts, contact Summit County Housing Director Nicole Bleriot 970-485-4136.