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Posted on: June 20, 2016

Lake Hill Community Open House June 29

Photo of the Lake Hill site. The area is undeveloped, with views of surrounding mountain peaks.

Summit County invites locals to attend the second community open house for the Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan

Kate Berg, Senior Planner: 970-668-4204,
Don Reimer, Planning Director: 970-668-4207,

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government is seeking feedback from the community on preliminary conceptual-design options for a future workforce housing neighborhood on the Lake Hill property, located along Dillon Dam Road, adjacent to the Town of Frisco. Community members are invited to a public open house on June 29.

“During the past three months, we’ve seen how excited and supportive the community is about the Lake Hill project,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “The public has provided an enormous volume of input and ideas, which we’ve used to develop some proposed concepts for how the neighborhood could take shape.”

Summit County began the master planning process for the 45-acre Lake Hill property in April, working collaboratively with the Town of Frisco, Summit Combined Housing Authority and other public- and private-sector stakeholders. More than 250 community members participated in the initial brainstorming phase of the master-planning process through interviews, focus groups and a previous community open house in April. The project team has also conducted extensive site analysis, studying the site’s topography, development constraints and infrastructure options.

Summit County staff and the project design team have developed conceptual neighborhood plans and divided the site into sections, which could be constructed in phases over multiple years. The plans integrate a variety of housing types and leverage the site’s south-facing slopes and views, as well as connections to roads, public transit routes, the Recpath system and other community amenities.

The proposed vehicular traffic-circulation plan through the site, consisting of two loops, is designed to preserve existing vegetation and natural buffer zones, reduce highway noise for neighborhood residents, optimize access to and from Dillon Dam Road and provide for links from each residential unit to open space. The proposals also take into account alternative modes of transportation, with considerations for Summit Stage access, trail connections and pedestrian travel across Dillon Dam Road.

“The ultimate conceptual design will serve as the bones of this neighborhood – the framework in which we’ll begin to flesh out finer details, like architectural styles, community facilities, active and passive open spaces and approaches to financing,” Senior Planner Kate Berg said. “We’ve worked through several different neighborhood design layouts, and now we’re ready to discuss the options with the community.”

The community open house will take place from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Pl., Frisco. Attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on the neighborhood plans, the vision for the community, parking plans, storage, architecture, the mix of housing types, community amenities and other features of the future neighborhood. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

The Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan is being developed over a six-month timeframe, with many opportunities for stakeholder and public input to help shape the overall design of the neighborhood. The master plan will consider the full range of housing needs identified in the Summit County Workforce Housing Needs Assessment.

Summit County’s goal is to maximize the number of housing units on the property while providing appropriate parks and other amenities, remaining sensitive to the environment and ensuring compatibility with adjacent development and land uses. The County anticipates the neighborhood will include a mix of housing styles and types, with both rental and ownership opportunities, and will strive to provide housing choices affordable to a variety of income levels to encourage a healthy, diverse community.

Other goals for the master plan are to ensure that the neighborhood is well connected to the surrounding community by transit, bicycle and walking trails, and to provide sustainable, energy-efficient homes that will offer ongoing affordability, durability and low costs of ownership and operation.

Earlier this year, Summit County selected Corum Real Estate Group to lead a multi-disciplined consultant team that is facilitating the development of the master plan. The team includes Gorman and Company, Norris Design, Shopworks Architecture, Studio PBA and Tetra Tech.

The County is aiming to complete the master plan for the site by September 2016 and subsequently begin the entitlement process (rezoning and subdividing the property as necessary). Construction of site infrastructure could begin in 2017, with construction of housing units starting in 2018. At this time, the County anticipates that construction of the neighborhood will take place in phases, based on the master plan’s phasing and financing recommendations.

For more information on the Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan project, visit

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