As part of its ongoing housing study, the City of Centennial will host its second workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Trails Recreation Center, located at 16799 E. Lake Ave. The workshop is open to the public and will be held in the Conestoga Meeting Room.
During this workshop, representatives will present the key takeaways from the city’s housing needs assessment, according to an Aug. 3 email from the city. After the presentation, attendees can visit several stations set up in the room to learn about the affordable housing strategies the city is currently researching and gathering public comment on.
Those who cannot attend the workshop will be able to review materials from it by visiting centennialco.gov/housing. There will also be housing study representatives at the Centennial Under the Stars event on Aug. 13.
The third and final housing workshop is planned for Oct. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Newton Middle School, located at 4401 E. Arapahoe Road.
Centennial’s housing study, formally called the “Housing Study and Policy Development” project, is funded through a planning grant program established by Colorado House Bill 21-1271.
In 2021, Centennial applied for the planning grant and was awarded $200,000 by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.
The first phase of Centennial’s housing study was a housing needs assessment that involved collecting data and community input on housing in Centennial. Now, the housing study is having its working group assess nine of the 15 potential housing strategies the state identified to help improve housing affordability.
City council previously approved the evaluation criteria that the working group will use to assess each of the nine strategies during a meeting on July 11.
After assessing and collecting community feedback on these nine strategies, the working group will help narrow down the strategies to the top four that seem the most supported and likely to make an impact on Centennial, said Melanie Ward, the city’s manager of development foresight and infrastructure readiness, during a District 1 meeting on June 28.
Then, those four strategies will potentially go before the Planning and Zoning Commission and/or city council, Ward said.
Residents can offer input in a variety of ways, including attending the housing workshops, filling out online surveys and submitting comments via email or in person at Centennial events.
To find more information about Centennial’s housing study, visit CentennialCO.gov/housing. Residents can also submit questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or they can call the planning and zoning hotline at (303) 754-3308.
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