History and Timeline
In early April 2011, City Council voted to repeal the City’s Inclusionary Zoning program, which required developments to provide 10% of the housing they built as affordable to residents at or below 80% of the Area Median Income for for-sale homes and at or below 50% of the Area Median Income for rental homes. The repeal removed the building requirement and allowed all affordable home owners in the Program to be released from their Period of Affordability.
In May, 2011, Council approved the seating of a Task Force to “look at establishing a new Affordable Housing Program to replace the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.” Former Mayor Baum indicated the Task Force should “make sure everyone is a winner in the process and the recommendations that come out of it.”
Members were to include representatives from the lending community, local developers/builders (rental and for sale), business community, real estate, non-profit builders/developers, Longmont Boards/Commissions (Planning & Zoning, Housing and Human Services Advisory Board, Senior Citizens Advisory Board, and the Affordable Housing Technical Review Group), a Workforce Board member, Boulder County Human Services, and three homeowners who purchased through an affordable home buyer program.
The purpose established by the Task Force was to: Determine the need for affordable housing in Longmont to house our work force and make recommendations to Council on how to address that need.
Housing Needs Analysis
The City funded the work of a housing consultant – Community Strategies Institute – to determine the housing needs in the community and to make recommendations and draw conclusions from the data provided. This work also compared the City of Longmont, its needs and its available housing to four other local communities to determine how Longmont may affect those communities and how they may affect Longmont in the areas of housing availability and costs.
Click here to view the Housing Needs Analysis
Click below to see the presentations made to City Council regarding Housing Needs:
May 21, 2013 - Workforce Housing Task Force Recommendation Presentation to Council (video presentation) - Item 6.B
August 6, 2013 - First Follow-up to Workforce Housing Task Force Recommendations (no video) - Item 4.B
September 17, 2013 - Direction on provision of additional information on the Workforce Housing Task Force recommendations (no video) - Information Item 2
August 19, 2014 - Update on Workforce Housing Task Force Recommendations (video presentation) - Item 4.B
May 12, 2015 - Update and Discussion on Affordable Housing (video presentation) - Item 4.A
June 30, 2015 - Follow Up to Council Discussion on Affordable Housing Program and Policy Options (video presentation) - Item 4.A
May 17, 2016 - Final update and presentation of Affordable Housing Incentive Plan - Item 4.A
January 30, 2018 – Consideration of Inclusionary Housing