Workforce Housing Series

Series on Workforce housing

#7 Where State Agencies Can Delay Housing Projects

judi ~ December 17, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Gunnison County Assistant Manager John Cattles and Town of Crested Butte Engineer Shea Earley, through interviews for this project, each brought up one thing the two entities agree on—the challenges of working with certain state agencies whose approvals are crucial to the timing of other stages of the development process.

#6 Gunnison Retains Public Housing As Regenerative Asset

judi ~ December 11, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Owning a property “is a huge asset, and we shouldn’t just be giving these things away to developers to take profits if we can find a way to keep revenue generated by projects and reinvest into the community,” says John Cattles, Gunnison County Assistant Manager. Having a cost-coverage model allows revenues to be re-invested in

#5 Gov. Polis Has Ideas for More Housing

judi ~ December 4, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

How a story such as Whetstone sounds under the golden dome 4 hours away in Denver is something of a mystery to rural resort counties involved in affordable housing. Governor Polis, for one, doesn’t think the system for producing housing is working.

#4 Crested Butte Proceeds with Caution

judi ~ November 27, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

What would give a town with a population of 1,550 and 1,171 housing units, roughly 17% of which are Short Term Rentals pause about adding another 240 units of dedicated affordable housing? John Cattles, Gunnison County Assistant Manager who with Cathie Pagano, another Assistant County Manager is steering the Whetstone project through the entitlement process

#3 Can Affordable Housing Be Expected to Pay its Own Way?

judi ~ November 17, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Some argue that residential development never pays its own way since long-term assets like streets, underground utilities, and other infrastructure deteriorate over time, leaving maintenance and replacement costs as a burden to taxpayers greater than the new income generated by residents. Others posit that new residents visit local businesses, pay sales taxes, and property taxes,

#2 Whetstone Incorporates many Strategic Objectives for the County

judi ~ November 15, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

The Whetstone project checks many boxes for a county regularly recognized for Excellence in Performance Management by ICMA for a unique integrated approach to strategic planning. As a result, Whetstone has been vetted through the lenses of sustainability, fiscal leverage, walkability, maintenance, and access to public transportation. Cattles’ full title is “Assistant Manager overseeing Sustainability

#1 Gunnison County Learns “The Other Side” of Developing

judi ~ November 9, 2023 ~ Blog Love: 0

Many factors imperil a housing project as it winds from through the public processes of planning and early development review stages before a single shovel of dirt is turned. With public entities constructing housing, some now experience their own public land use processes and regulations from the perspective of a private developer. As they too