Housing Lessons and Opportunities with Summit County, Colorado’s Housing Director
Jason Dietz started in 2018 as Summit County, Colorado’s Housing Director, focusing on programs to create affordable housing in the area. He spent the previous decade running the Summit Combined Housing Authority, as a construction manager, in property management, and in land acquisitions and development.
In many respects, the Summit County is a peer community and as such has similar struggles. Jason will describe these struggles and successes, what makes resort communities’ housing challenges unique, and what solutions and tools work well there. One such solution is deed-restricting housing units to people who live and/or work in the area and by income – which can be accomplished with a range of tools including homeownership assistance and public-private partnerships to develop housing. Other initiatives include incentivizing accessory development units (ADUs) and the lease to locals program.
Jason Dietz will be joined by Carissa Connelly, Housing Director of the City of Ketchum. Ketchum is implementing its year-one Housing Action Plan adopted May 2022, which includes many actions that mirror Summit County’s efforts.
This program will be livestreamed and available to watch later. In collaboration with the Spur Community Foundation.