Recovery Action Plan project status (based on the two objectives in the Lyons Recovery Action Plan that were assigned to the Housing Recovery Task Force) HOU 1.3.1: Encourage the development/construction of housing that is affordable by: a) virtue of the lot size, regulatory incentives, construction methodology and material usage, density; b) the use of financial subsidies and volunteer organizations. (The Board of Trustees also assigned the following key partners to assist the HRTF: PCDC and Lyons Volunteers.)
Presented initial site analysis and housing replacement options to Board of Trustees (See the Back-up Slides at the end of this presentationfor brief analyses of the various considered parcels. The Board of Trustees was also provided a matrix of all parcels.)
Encouraged Board of Trustees to secure disaster-related federal funds for a Housing Project Manager position who would work for the town, and a site analysis study of parcels identified by the Board of Trustees. On October 27, 2014, the Board of Trustees awarded Trestle Strategy Group, LLC, the Lyons Housing Site Analysis Study and the Lyons Facilities Siting Plan/Municipal Campus Feasibility Study. Both studies will be a trusted source of information for the community to help build a coalition of support, and guide the Town to the best options for the community as a whole. The town hired Cody Humphrey for the Housing Project Manager position, also called the Lyons Housing Recovery Coordinator position.
On Sept. 15, 2014, the Lyons Board of Trustees directed Lyons town staff and Flood Recovery Manager Deb Pearson that the board would be seeking funds from Round 2 of Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) federal funds for housing replacement of 60 (+/-10) units. The range of 50-70 housing units would allow for flexibility for development based on design, available space, and budget. Approximately 100 homes in the Town of Lyons were lost in the 2013 flood. Town staff will help develop a plan and timelines to help the Board of Trustees make decisions. The Round 2 final deadline for these federal CDBG-DR funds is expected to be in March 2015. (See Statement from Town of Lyons.)
The Trestle Strategy Group conducted public engagement to hear voices of stakeholders about replacement housing, site selection, and type/design of housing. Open office hours and meetings with stakeholder groups were held from October through December. Ad Hoc meetings, which were comprised of a representative from each Lyons commission and Trestle Strategy Group, were held Fridays to keep members updated with the site analysis process, and allow a two-way conversation for potential options. These meetings are open to the public.
The Trestle Strategy Group conducted a site analysis and presented results to the Board of Trustees and the public in December 2014 and updates on Jan. 5, 2015. The Board of Trustees came to a decision on January 5, 2015, to move forward with building recovery housing on five to seven acres on Bohn Park. To view Trestle's Final Presentation, a list of FAQs, SocioEconomic Impacts, and all other information presented to date, visit townoflyons.com/housing-recovery.
Town Staff to apply for Round 2 of Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) federal funds in March 2015
Because of Statutory Law and the Board's adopted resolution to commit to refer to public vote at a regular or special election to rezone, sell, lease, dispose of or otherwise use land that is held or used for park purposes, there will be a vote of the people for this project in Bohn Park. A special mail ballot election will be held on March 24, 2015. To view Trestle's Final Presentation, a list of FAQs, SocioEconomic Impacts, and all other information presented to date, visit townoflyons.com/housing-recovery.
HOU 1.3.2: Encourage the development/construction of manufactured housing (including prefabricated, modular, and mobile homes).
What's been done:
Manufactured housing (MFH) has been a standing agenda item. The task force was updated by town staff about opportunities for a private mobile home park landowner who was interested in rebuilding elsewhere in Lyons if buyout funds are received.
A MFH subcommittee has been meeting with interested stakeholders to see what disaster-related federal funding can go toward MFH.
A Manufactured Housing Analyst was hired in November 2014 by the nonprofit Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), paid for by private foundation grants.
An advocate for displaced mobile home park residents and displaced renters was hired by the nonprofit LEAF in November 2014, funded by private foundation grants. (See www.leaflyons.org)
A report from the Manufactured Housing Analyst hired by the nonprofit LEAF will be released, expected to be in late March/early April 2015.
Displaced mobile home park residents and displaced renters can continue to work with with displaced resident advocate Janaki Jane for both short term, temporary, and longer-term housing issues (To reach Janaki Jane, Displaced Resident Advocate contact 720-600-3483, firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.leaflyons.org)