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Posted on: September 28, 2018

East Lafayette Planned Community of Workforce Housing Update

August workshop graphic

The following is correspondence from Boulder County Housing Authority intended for Lafayette residents;


Design Workshop Open House
An open house design workshop was held on August 25, 2018, for the planned East Lafayette community of affordable workforce housing. Interested community members participated by sharing design ideas and preferences with other Lafayette stakeholders and the project team. Attendees made initial recommendations for the layout of the planned community, including housing types and locations, parks and trail amenities, and other infrastructure.

Approximately 40 to 50 community members attended the open house.  Participants learned about the project and shared their views on the opportunities and challenges presented by the site.  The attendees then broke into nine small groups for an interactive land use exercise with a map of the site, building blocks, and construction paper so they could design the community.

After analyzing the community-designed plans, we recognized common themes including (but not limited to):  

  • providing a connection from Canterbury (by Peak to Peak) to 120th,
  • providing a buffer along 120th and Emma,
  • striving for lower intensity of uses along Emma St,
  • prioritizing higher intensity of uses along the industrial edge, and
  • encouraging multi-modal connections.

A presentation was put together of the design suggestions developed by workshop participants. Please take the time to see the ideas your neighbors came up with to plan for the new neighborhood.

 

East Lafayette Advisory Committee Updates

On September 15, the East Lafayette Advisory Committee (ELAC) held their second regular meeting. ELAC members reviewed the outcomes from the Design Workshop Open House and provided additional feedback for consideration for the planning of the site. Most of the discussion was on the Design Workshop Open House planning outcomes that will guide the planning moving forward. The background for this and all ELAC meetings is on www.LafayetteHousing.org.

The BCHA planning team is carefully reviewing the design suggestions from the Design Workshop Open House and ELAC members, and is creating up to three DRAFT site plans for community review. We will present these plans at the next ELAC meeting on October 22 (the time and location will be posted ahead of time). We will also share the plans electronically on October 15 by sending them to all of you via email as well as posting them on our website. This allows a week to review the plans before the October ELAC meeting.

To facilitate community feedback on the initial plans, we have created multiple ways to communicate with our project team and community ELAC members:

  • You can email the ELAC Board and the BCHA Project Team at ELACboard@gmail.com Every email sent to this account will be shared with all the members of the ELAC as well as the relevant BCHA representatives. This email is set up to provide open communication with fellow Lafayette community members and volunteers serving on the ELAC.
  • Each ELAC meeting has dedicated time for public Q&A, so you can join us at the next meeting on October 22.
  • BCHA’s Outreach team is available if you would like to share your feedback via the phone, by calling 303-825-1671.
  • Also, if you visit our website www.LafayetteHousing.org, there are links for feedback and comments.
  • If needed, materials can be translated into a language of your preference.

We genuinely want to hear your thoughts about the planned community of workforce housing. Please email us with any questions, suggestions, or requests to meet and discuss in more detail.

BCHA will be coordinating various community meetings in the next two months with our ELAC community representatives. Look for meetings to be held in conjunction with Old Town, Arbordale Acres, Peak to Peak School and other Lafayette ELAC groups. We are also planning a walk along Emma Street with neighbors and the BCHA Team, details will be posted on the website and shared once a date is finalized.


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