It is often noted that discussions about public policy, economics, or quality of life in the NWCCOG Region eventually lead to housing. The issue is not new to our region. In fact, many of our jurisdictions have been on the cutting edge of public policy in the housing sector for decades.

There is tremendous expertise regarding public housing policy in mountain communities where innovation continues.  At the behest of members, NWCCOG has issued the following reports dealing with housing:

Tiny Homes

  • Go Downsize – The popular Tiny Home movement which includes 6 Colorado communities, Aspen mentioned as the only one in the mountains to have favorable policy for tiny homes.
  • More information on Tiny Homes is available on our Council Clipboard – Tiny Homes page.

Innovative Policies

Aspen-Pitkin County, being early adopters of deed restrictions, recently purchased trailer parks to preserve housing:

Summit County in passing a number of voter-adopted funding measures:

Eagle, Pitkin and Summit Counties are driving Congress to pass innovative partnership legislation for USFS admin parcels:

Vail creating the InDeed program to purchase deed restrictions to protect existing stock, now replicated by Fraser and Mi Casa AvonAnd of course,  innumerable public and public-private projects funded by local governments, inclusionary zoning, short-term rental regulations, the list goes on and on.

Co-Housing

Innovation Watch (The Rise of Co-Living)

Alpine Villages (Initial Concept Notes)

Trailer Parks

Hickenlooper, Bennet, Urge Federal Agency to Protect Mobile Home Residents from Rent Hikes, Evictions

Trailer Parks HB22 1287

Additional Resources