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Posted on: September 18, 2022

Proposed code changes would help secure affordable housing in Arapahoe County

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Arapahoe County is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Land Development Code that would help the County be more competitive in securing state grants that promote affordable housing. 

The proposed changes include promoting sustainable, stable, safe and attractive new neighborhoods containing a mix of land uses and diversified housing options, including housing that is affordable and attainable. Changes would also ensure the creation of diverse affordable housing types to accommodate all age groups, incomes, family sizes and citizens with special needs.

In 2021, the General Assembly created three new programs to distribute $6.8 million in Planning Grants to local governments to promote innovative solutions around affordable housing. 

The State grant program outlines 16 affordable housing strategies that municipalities, cities and counties can implement to qualify for grant money awards, which range between $50,000 to $200,000. To qualify, applicants must include at least three of the 16 strategies in their grant application.

The County’s current Land Development Code meets the minimum of three strategies. Proposed code changes would include more of the state’s recommended changes, improving the County’s chances of securing grant funding. 

Public comment on the proposed changes should be submitted by Oct. 10. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the changes on Oct. 18. Learn more and review the draft.

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