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Housing

Communities prosper when all segments of society are afforded the right to live, work, shop and recreate within their boundaries.As a primary element of human survival, shelter represents a cornerstone of the UniverCity Connections initiative.

The Housing Task Force contended that the location of residential uses in Housing Photoproximity to all other initiatives of this UniverCity Connections is integral to our overall success. Moreover, the initiative must consider the entirety of the housing continuum; beginning with homelessness and transitional housing, through publicly subsidized and market- rate rental, student rental, modified ownership and traditional single family neighborhoods, and culminating with lifestyle housing options. Each stage of the continuum requires different levels of planning, programmatic and financial support. Furthermore, each stage is often in competition with commercial development and, indeed, each other, for a finite supply of land inventory. The free market rewards initial economic strength, whereas a deliberate and thoughtful process will seek to reward a more sustainable economic strategy, as presented by the task group.

 

Housing Task Group goals for the housing study area were:
• Encourage development of mixed-use, mixed-income projects to gain economic scale.
• Identify steps to address current housing needs, while anticipating future demand.
• Establish guidelines for delivering units at all stages along the housing continuum.
• Incorporate both student and non-student housing projects where appropriate.
• Develop a model program for promoting economic and environmental sustainability within a comprehensive housing strategy.
• Promote strong connectivity between transit and the transportation grid; K – post graduate education; medical, health and social services; recreation and enrichment opportunities; employment centers; and, commercial districts.
• Preserve traditional neighborhoods as predominantly owner-occupied housing.
• Identify of public-private partnerships that leverage resources without impeding market dynamics.
• Celebrate the communities’ historic character by encouraging adaptive reuse of existing structures and materials.

This group of community stakeholders worked collaboratively with homelessness expert Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen, Pathways Past Poverty, and the local homeless population to develop a best practices-based strategy to eliminate homelessness in Larimer County within ten years. The primary outcome from this task group was the formation of Homeward2020.

Another initiative for the Housing task group and the Downtown Development Authority was the Flats at the Oval development.