Lake Hill is a 45-acre parcel of land just northeast of Frisco. Summit County acquired the property for the purpose of workforce housing development in 2016.
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.
Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan
The Lake Hill Master Plan was completed in July 2017. The team is currently finalizing the site impact study, which is a code required next step in the rezoning process.
Lake Hill and 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 2020 Summit County Workforce Housing Needs Assessment identified a need for up to 1,140 affordable workforce housing units in the Tenmile Basin by 2023, including approximately 950 affordable rentals (83%) and 190 affordable ownership units (17%). 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 workforce housing needs documented in the 2016 Summit County Housing Demand Update; however, the 2020 Housing Needs Assessment continues to show a need for both ownership and rental housing in the Tenmile Basin. 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
The Housing Department is currently finalizing a Site Impact Study to prepare for rezoning. The Site Impact Study includes Civil Infrastructure Analysis, Traffic Analysis and a Fiscal Analysis. To date the Traffic and Fiscal Analysis have been completed. The Civil Infrastructure Analysis is still underway as the County is waiting on the Frisco Sanitation District to provide an analysis of potential upgrades that will be needed at the Frisco Sewer Plant to accommodate the Lake Hill Development. Once the Site Impact Study is complete more details for the planning of the site will be determined and 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.