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Posted on: February 14, 2019

Impact Analysis Begins for Workforce Housing at Lake Hill

Sketch of a workforce housing development at Lake Hill.

Summit County and Town of Frisco kick off next phase of planning for 45-acre workforce housing development on Dillon Dam Road

Contact: Jim Curnutte, Community Development Director, Summit County, 970-668-4203

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and the Town of Frisco have kicked off an impact analysis for the Lake Hill workforce housing development, initiating the next phase of the planning effort for the 45-acre parcel located on Dillon Dam Road. The analysis will investigate the proposed neighborhood's projected impacts on public services and infrastructure, as well as its net fiscal impact.

The resulting Lake Hill Site Impact Study will help refine the vision for the proposed locals' housing neighborhood, and it will be used as part of the application to rezone the property in preparation for eventual development. Construction of the neighborhood will take place in phases over a period of many years, driven in large part by real estate market conditions and the broader economy.

"This impact analysis will help us drill down to the next level of detail at Lake Hill so that we can better understand all the opportunities and challenges we'll face as we move forward," Summit County Community Development Director Jim Curnutte said.

The Town of Frisco and Summit County began exploring the purchase of the Lake Hill property from the U.S. Forest Service more than 10 years ago for the purpose of workforce housing. The Forest Service received Congressional direction to sell the property to Summit County through the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act, signed by President Barack Obama in July 2014. The County purchased the property, located immediately northeast of Frisco, in February 2016.

"The dream of building a locals' housing neighborhood on this property has been a long time in the making," Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. "We're delighted to be working together with the Town of Frisco to bring the project into sharper focus through this impact analysis. In our ongoing efforts to address the community's workforce housing crisis, Lake Hill is a tremendous asset."

Issues to be addressed in the impact analysis include infrastructure (water, wastewater, roadways), traffic and transportation, fiscal impacts (expenses and revenues) and service provider impacts (emergency services, public schools and child care, Town and County services). A consultant, Economic & Planning Systems Inc., will conduct the analysis. The Town of Frisco and Summit County will jointly fund the study in a 50-50 split of the total cost.

Fox Tuttle Hernandez, a subcontractor, will complete the traffic and transit analysis. This portion of the study will take advantage of prior traffic impact studies for the site and CDOT's ongoing efforts related to the Highway 9 – Interstate 70 interchange. The subcontractor will procure new traffic counts at a variety of locations, update traffic projections at key intersections and develop trip generation and distribution estimates for the Lake Hill project site. The study will also include recommended pedestrian and bicycle improvements along and across Dillon Dam Road to link the site with adjacent trails and recreational facilities.

The overall impact analysis will take about six months to complete, followed by a rezoning process that will require an additional 6-12 months. The Lake Hill Project Management Team, comprised of staff and elected officials from the Town of Frisco and Summit County, will engage directly with the contractor and subcontractors throughout the impact analysis process.

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. The Lake Hill Master Plan – a conceptual framework for the neighborhood completed in 2017 – includes 436 units, while recognizing that the ultimate number of housing units on the property will depend on factors like infrastructure capacity and market conditions. The 2019 impact analysis will consider a broad range of total units, in order to fully ascertain the project's potential opportunities and constraints.


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