By Amy Reinholds
The Lyons Board of Trustees voted on Monday, December 3 to close a loophole that allowed residential property owners to build large accessory buildings like two-story garage buildings “by right” without conditional-use reviews that give neighbors a chance to comment.

Now, if your neighbor plans to build a garage or other accessory building that is two stories or bigger, or has sewer or water connections to it, you will be notified and have the opportunity to give your input to Town decision-makers. This change in Town code requires that neighbors are notified and public hearings scheduled for the public to give comments about the proposed building. The conditional use is now required for all

 

 

By Amy Reinholds

Under the guise of “increasing affordable housing in Lyons,” a market-rate proposal that hasn’t been proven as a viable way to provide more lower cost rentals in town is on its way to a final step with the Lyons Board of Trustees on Monday, December 17.

On Monday, November 26, four members of the Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) approved recommending that the Town of Lyons Board of Trustees adopt an ordinance amending Town code to allow tiny homes on wheels as accessory dwelling units in Town residential zones. Commissioners Roger Flynn, Doug Miller, Neil Sullivan, and Gregg Oetting all voted in favor of the resolution. Commissioners Clay Dusel, David Neufield, and Joshua Schnabel were absent from the meeting.

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
Using the $4 million in federal disaster recovery funds for Lyons affordable housing by a required deadline of September 2019 is not expected to be a problem for Summit Housing Group, which proposes to build 11 single family homes and 29 homes in duplex and triplex buildings in Lyons Valley Park. Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen answered a question from a trustee at the November 5 Board of Trustees meeting, by saying “After meeting with CHFA (Colorado Housing and Finance

 

 

By Amy Reinholds
The next steps in Summit Housing Group's proposal for affordable rental homes in Lyons Valley Park are applying for multiple types of funding for construction of the homes.

 

 

COMMENTARY: What's the Future for Affordable Housing in Lyons?

By Amy Reinholds
At Monday’s Planning and Community Development Commission (PCDC) meeting, public hearings for conditional use reviews for detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at 408 Reese Street and 227 Park Street were postponed until Monday, August 27. The public hearing for review and approval of the Lyons Regional Library District development plan for a new library took

 

By Amy Reinholds
Taking time to listen to our neighbors talking about what has worked – and what hasn’t – is a path to better understanding possible solutions to our housing challenges in Lyons.

On September 27, the Lyons Regional Library hosted the “Rental Madness!” community discussion on renting in Lyons. Attendees included representatives from a property management company, a representative from Town of Lyons staff, and community members. Susan Spaulding, Community Relations Specialist for the

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