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Results of new housing needs study will be presented in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties

Staff report
Traffic backs up while trying to leave Aspen on a weekday in March. A regional housing study said Aspen and Snowmass Village import about 7,500 workers per day.
Aspen Times file

An extensive new study on housing supply and demand in the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding region will be presented to local elected officials and the public in three meetings over the next two weeks.

The Greater Roaring Fork Regional Housing Study was completed earlier this month by Economic & Planning Systems Inc. and RRC Associates. The study looked at housing needs in the Roaring Fork Valley and in the Interstate 70 corridor from Parachute to Eagle.

The study will be presented Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the Garfield County Commissioners’ meeting room in Glenwood Springs.

It will be presented at 2:30 p.m. that same day at the Eagle County office building’s main meeting room in El Jebel.

It will be presented May 14 at 5 p.m. in the Pitkin County Library in Aspen.

David Myler and Bill Lamont, two midvalley residents with a long history of involvement in civic issues, initiated the study. Their goal is to encourage a coordinated, regional approach to solving the affordable housing shortage.

A key conclusion of the study is that the region will have a deficit of 5,700 housing units by 2027 for households making less than the Area Median Income.

The deficit of housing stock for families making 100 to 160 percent of AMI also is expected to grow.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the location of the May 14 meeting to the Pitkin County Library.

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