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Summit County invites locals to attend the first community open house for the Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan
Contacts:Kate Berg, Senior Planner970-668-4204, Kate.Berg@SummitCountyCO.govDon Reimer, Planning Director970-668-4207, Don.Reimer@SummitCountyCO.gov
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government is seeking input from the community to help plan a new 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 April 21.
“The Lake Hill neighborhood has the potential to put a big dent in our workforce housing challenges,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “Now that we own the land, we’re excited to take the next step by having a dialogue with the community about the vision for the neighborhood.”
Summit County acquired the 45-acre Lake Hill property from the U.S. Forest Service in February and recently began the master-plan process for the site, working collaboratively with the Town of Frisco, Summit Combined Housing Authority and other public- and private-sector partners. Summit County will gather input from the general public at the open house, which will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Pl., Frisco.
“This first phase of the master-planning process is really a community-wide brainstorming session,” Senior Planner Kate Berg said. “We want to get everyone’s ideas, perspectives and thoughts on the table.”
At the open house, members of the public will have the opportunity to stop by and talk with the design team and Summit County staff to learn about the project and share ideas. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.
Input received at this first community event will be used to develop conceptual plans for the design of the neighborhood, including options for housing types and locations, an interconnected network of streets, parks and open space, and plans for supporting community facilities and neighborhood amenities.
Summit County will then present the conceptual design options to the public at a subsequent open house this summer to gather feedback and additional input before developing a final master plan.
The Lake Hill Neighborhood Master Plan will be 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 www.SummitCountyCO.gov/LakeHill.