SPEAKER SERIES

Why a Speaker Series focused on Housing?

 

Community interest in affordable housing is at an all-time high as Chaffee County employees and families continue to struggle to find an afford place to live. County professionals are challenged to manage rapid growth, address policy changes necessary to intervene in the rising cost of housing, and stop the displacement of low and moderate-income residents. The Housing + Health Speaker Series was designed to increase Chaffee County’s collective understanding of land use and growth management strategies and how these strategies, when created with the community health in mind, can become a positive influence on the environmental, social and economic health of our community.

 

The Housing + Health Initiative was funded by Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Health Equity and is part of the Health Disparities Program. Chaffee County Office of Public Health and Environment and the Chaffee County Office of Housing focused on using this funding to address housing displacement and gentrification, increasing housing affordability and stability over time that will improve long-term health outcomes of Chaffee County residents.

 

Featured speakers on KHEN’s Chaffee Housing Report: http://www.khen.org/affordable-housing-report

Past Speakers - watch past presentations.
REGULATORY RESET - A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION

AJ Fawver, Verdunity   

AJ Fawver is a community consulting program leader sharing insights developed through 15 years of professional leadership in municipal planning. The presentation will address how regulatory barriers affect development in Chaffee County, and will highlight how regulations are used for administering development for housing, and how the regulations may be made more effective to increase affordable housing options for low to moderate income level households. 

View the slide deck from the presentation here.

Watch the presentation here.

INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS FOR INSTALLATION & LONG TERM MAINTENANCE

Kevin Shepard, Verdunity   

Verdunity offers coaching and consulting that help city leaders align vision, policy, and investments with what residents are willing and able to pay for so that you can close your city’s resource gap and make your community relevant, unique, and long-lasting. View the slide deck from the presentation here.

Watch the presentation here.

Randall Arendt works through his conservation subdivision design process for two Chaffee County areas - the Meadows near Buena Vista and a portion of the Vandeveer property near Salida. 

June 25 Watch the presentation Here.

June 26 Watch the presentation Here.

INCREASING DENSITY IN COMMERCIAL AREAS 
Patrick Rawley, Stan Clauson Associates in Basalt, Colorado

A discussion on how to effectively increase density in commercial areas to include more missing middle housing and mixed use. The outcomes of successful planning and design in existing commercial areas include, increased walkability and decreased sprawl, among many others. Patrick shares his experience with creating vibrant incremental development in rural Colorado and throughout the US, and focuses on specific Chaffee County corridors identified by local planners.

Watch the presentation Here.

FINANCING AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Chris Furlong, Housing Development Specialist, DOLA-DOH    Kathryn Grosscup, CHFA Senior Tax Credit Officer   

Learn about development finance and the capital stack and why gaps in the stack exist. Discover what tools exist at the state and local levels to fill those gaps and what local governments can do to assist.

Watch the presentation Here.

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PERMANENT AFFORDABILITY STRATEGIES
A Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on how to make low-income housing permanently affordable, including deed restrictions, land trusts, public ownership, and more.

Watch the Presentation HERE.

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CONSERVATION SUBDIVISION PLANNING
Randall Arendt, Greener Prospects
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CONSERVATION SUBDIVISION PLANNING
Randall Arendt, Greener Prospects

Randall Arendt proposed an approach to subdivisions that creates larger networks of conservation lands.

Watch the presentation.

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LEAN URBANISM
Brian Faulk
INCREMENTAL DEVELOPMENT
Monte Anderson & Kevin Shepherd
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP
Eric Bruno & Erick Mueller
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BREAKING OUT OF THE HOUSING TRAP
Chuck Marohn, Strong Towns

Chuck Marohn discussed how Chaffee County can curb sprawl and mitigate environmental damages caused by development. 

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MISSING MIDDLE GROUND
Drew Finke, Opticos Designs

Drew Finke showcased a national trend that prioritizes diverse, affordable housing in sustainable, walkable places – and how and where it could work for Chaffee.