Starting in December, the HRTF meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall. For upcoming meetings, see the Calendar. For materials from previous meetings, see Meeting Minutes.
Recovery Action Plan project status (based on the two objectives 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.
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 mid-December. Staff was instructed to prepare a Notice of Intent for this funding, which was estimated to be due by November 1, and a full application for funding, which was estimated to be due by December 15. However, the deadlines for this second round of funds won't be set until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) completes an amendment to the action plan for CDBG-DR. (See Statement from Town of Lyons.)
Town Staff to apply for Round 2 of Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) federal funds (Application was estimated to be due Dec. 15, 2014, but dates have moved out, based on HUD taking longer to complete an amendment to the action plan for CDBG-DR. )
Housing project manager to be hired.
Site analysis to be conducted by Trestle Strategy Group by Jan. 1, 2015.
The Trestle Strategy Group will conduct public engagement to hear voices of stakeholders about replacement housing, site selection, and type/design of housing. The Town will dedicate a section of the Town of Lyons website and a Facebook page to information, important dates, and progress of the entire process of housing recovery. The scope of work is anticipated to be complete around Jan. 1, 2015. Ad Hoc meetings, which are comprised of a representative from each Lyons commission and Trestle Strategy Group, have been set for Fridays at 8 a.m. at Lyons Town Hall (excluding the Friday after Thanksgiving). The meetings will keep members updated with the site analysis process, and allow a two-way conversation for potential options. These meetings are open to the public.
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.
The Trestle Strategy Group will conduct public engagement to hear voices of stakeholders about replacement housing, site selection, and type/design of housing. The Town will dedicate a section of the Town of Lyons website and a Facebook page to information, important dates, and progress of the entire process of housing recovery. The scope of work is anticipated to be complete around Jan. 1, 2015.
A MFH subcommittee is meeting with stakeholders including representatives of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to discuss which disaster-related federal funding can go toward MFH, and a Manufactured Housing Analyst will be 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 will be hired by the nonprofit LEAF in November 2014, funded by private foundation grants. (See www.leaflyons.org)
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