PUBLIC NOTICE-Mountain Village notice of revised public hearing dates for Village Court Apartments Expansion Development Review

Village Court Apartments

Words by Kathrine Warren / Development, Government, Housing

This notice advises the public of a revised Town Council public hearing date that was to be held on June 20, 2019, at the Mountain Village Town Hall located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd, Suite A.

The Planning and Development Services Department is notifying the public that the Town Council public hearing related to Village Court APartments (VCA) Phase IV Expansion originally scheduled for June 20, 2019 has been revised to the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting on July 18, 2019.

The Town has been pursuing expansion of VCA with the intention to build an additional 49 rental dwelling units consisting of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The purpose of the rescheduled public hearing on July 18 is to discuss the required height variance, along with a rezone and density transfer required to increase the density from 42 remaining unbuilt employee apartments to 49 employee apartments — an increase of 7 units.

In addition to the rescheduled Town Council, public hearings described above, on June 6, 2019 the Design Review Board (DRB) will consider a 2-step design review and provide a recommendation to Town Council regarding a height variance, rezone and density transfer. The following schedule provides for the overall process including important dates moving forward:

Date and Time of Public Hearing(s):
DRB Hearing Date: June 6, 2019
DRB Hearing Time: 10:00 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter

DRB Hearing Date: July 11, 2019
DRB Hearing Time: 10:00 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter

First Council Hearing Date: July 18, 2019 REVISED
Council Hearing Time: 8:30 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter

Second Council Hearing Date: August 15, 2019 REVISED
Council Hearing Time: 8:30 or as soon as practicable thereafter

Detailed Summary of Development Application(s): DRB Design Review (two-step process) rezone and density transfer to increase density from 42 remaining unbuilt employee apartments to 49 employee apartments, an increase of 7 units. In addition, the applicant is requesting a concurrent variance for the maximum height of the two new apartment buildings due to heights higher than the CDC allows.

Anyone interested may appear and be heard at the hearing, or submit comments in writing to [email protected]. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., July 12, 2019.

To see the submitted proposal and plans please visit the Town of Mountain Village’s Current Planning Projects.

Mountain Village waives deed-restricted development fees

Deed Restricted Housing Incentive

Words by Kathrine Warren / Communications, Development, Housing

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, COLO.  (March 13, 2019) – When Adam Miller and his wife Nancy bought a plot of deed-restricted land in Mountain Village’s the Boulders, they knew it would take some time before they would be able to build on it. Working in the construction sector, Miller is all too familiar with the building and permitting process, both of which are costly.  They had begun drafting up plans in 2014 but weren’t able to move forward until this year.

Last fall the Town of Mountain Village announced it would begin waiving both development and building permit fees for all deed-restricted construction projects starting in 2019, dreams of their own home became more attainable.

“This makes a huge difference for us,” Miller said. Both Miller and his wife, Nancy, are firefighters and are raising two young kids, and he said the fee waiver encouraged them to start drawing up architectural plans for their future home. “The whole process has been easy, and hopefully we can continue to find ways for people to live here.”

They expect to begin building this spring.

Last October the Town of Mountain Village Town Council unanimously voted to waive all planning, development and building permit fees for deed-restricted housing units effective Jan. 1, 2019. Deed-restricted workforce housing gives local workers and their families the ability to rent and own homes at below-market rates.

Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director states, “Planning and building permit activity for deed-restricted housing has been minimal compared to free market activity over the past few years.”

“We are excited about Town Council’s commitment to waiving development fees regarding existing and new deed-restricted construction,” Haynes continued. “We hope this will encourage new deed restricted construction, as well as incentivize those that have existing deed-restricted units to upkeep and maintain their units. Money that would have otherwise paid town development fees, can now be used to pay for labor and materials to improve and maintain our deed-restricted inventory.”

By waiving town fees, the town sought to encourage owners of deed-restricted units to maintain existing units and offer greater financial incentive to construct deed-restricted units on remaining deed-restricted properties.

“Mountain Village had some current incentives in place such as waiving the road impact fee and reduced water and sewer tap fees,” Haynes said. “However, after a review of the existing fee schedule, Haynes stated, “we felt we could do more, and the Town Council unanimously supported this direction.”

“The town is actively working to construct additional workforce housing and we’re looking forward to an additional 49-units coming online with the upcoming VCA expansion. Despite this investment, we are acutely aware of the need for more affordable housing and wanted to do whatever we could to support the generation of more affordable workforce housing construction,” said Mountain Village Mayor Laila Benitez.

“There are still quite a few deed-restricted lots available in Mountain Village. If waiving building and planning fees allows us to provide a home for even one additional family then I will be thrilled with the outcome of this program,” Benitez added.

The Town of Mountain Village has 539 built units dedicated to both deed-restricted and workforce housing which consists of roughly 47 percent of San Miguel County’s affordable housing inventory.

For program information, please email our planning department or call 970.369.8242.

Mountain Village Waives Fees to Incentivize Deed-Restricted Housing Projects

Deed Restricted Housing Incentive

Words by Bill Kight / Development, Housing

The Town of Mountain Village is taking significant measures to incentivize new deed-restricted construction and to encourage maintenance and improvements to existing deed-restricted units.

In its monthly October meeting, the Town of Mountain Village Town Council unanimously voted to waive all planning, development and building permit fees for deed-restricted housing units effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director states, “Planning and building permit activity for deed-restricted housing has been minimal compared to free market activity over the past few years.”

“Telluride Ski and Golf last opened 30 apartments in the Meadows called Meadow View Apartments in 2017, and there is one deed-restricted detached condominium in the Boulders currently in design review,” Haynes continued. “As the Town of Mountain Village has 539 built deed-restricted units, the largest number in the region, we continue to explore ways to advocate for affordable housing.”

By waiving town fees, the town aims to encourage owners of deed-restricted units to maintain existing units and offer greater financial incentive to construct deed-restricted units on remaining deed restricted properties.

“The Town had some current incentives in place such as waiving the road impact fee and reduced water and sewer tap fees,” Haynes said. “However, after a review of the existing fee schedule, Haynes stated, “we felt we could do more, and the Town Council unanimously supported this direction.”

For example, a free market building permit with a $1 million valuation would cost approximately$45,000 for the building permit plus $10,000 for the water and sewer tap fees and $3,500  for the design review application. The same permit for a deed-restricted property would cost only $4,000 for the building permit, which is the cost of county taxes, $5,000 for the water and sewer tap fee and no fee for design review.

“The only fee we cannot waive are taxes paid to the county,” stated Haynes, “which constitutes the $4,000 permit fee for a deed-restricted property. By incentivizing, the town hopes to see new construction, remodels, maintenance, and repair.” Haynes said.

For program information, please contact Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes by email [email protected], by (970) 239-4061 or by visiting townofmountainvillage.com/building-development.

Ah Haa School for The Arts and True North Youth Program Mural Design for Village Court Apartments

VCA Mural Project

Words by Special Contributor / Business Development, Community, Housing

The Planning and Development Department of Mountain Village has been looking for creative ways to improve common areas around Village Court Apartments (VCA) in Mountain Village. The Planning and Development Services Director, Michelle Haynes, was aware that the Ah Haa School for the Arts in Telluride, collaborated with the local school and other partners in Norwood to produce a mural at the Norwood Post Office. Town of Mountain Village reached out to the Ah Haa to see if they could model a similar mural project at VCA. The Ah Haa suggested to partner with True North Youth Program to paint two murals.

The decision was made to hold a mural design contest with Kids from True North Youth Program with winning designs to be painted in approved areas at VCA where Kids can take pride in providing this service by having their art displayed.

“We are excited about this mural project on so many levels. It will activate common areas, provides a fun collaborative project for local artists and will be a source of community pride,” said Michelle Haynes, planning and development services director for the Town of Mountain Village.

Winners for the mural designs were announced January 10, 2018, during the weekly afterschool academic tutoring class for the True North Youth Program. Congratulations to Telluride High School students, Brenda Guitierrez and Kaila Reloj for their mural designs chosen as templates to create the mural at VCA. Cecilia Curry, VCA Manager, had the honor of presenting the awards signed by Mountain Village Mayor, Laila Benitez and Town Manager, Kim Montgomery. Young painters will collaborate to paint within the templates drawn by the winning students with direction by Tara Carter, Ah Haa Youth Curriculum Director and Ann Cheeks, local artist.

The murals are to be painted in the main laundry room at VCA. VCA looks forward to continuing their partnership with the Ah Haa this summer for future mural projects.

VCA is accepting paint donations for the mural project to repurpose existing materials. If you are interested in donating paint for the mural project please call Cecilia Curry, Property Manager at VCA (970) 369-8233.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Daily Planet.