Eagle BOCC formally considers regional housing authority

Apr 3, 2017

Miller Ranch
Credit Eagle County

Eagle County Commissioners meet Tuesday with the two men promoting a regional housing authority for the Roaring Fork Valley.

The county hasn’t formally expressed interest in the idea yet, and this makes them one of the few.


David Myler and Bill Lamont don’t think the valley’s current approach to affordable housing is working well enough. They want to create a regional authority that would buy land and build housing. It would not replace existing housing authorities.  


Last week, Myler and Lamont received the support of Basalt Town Council.


They’ve had similar conversations with Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Garfield County, but haven’t formally met with Eagle and Pitkin counties.


There is a good deal of interest, Myler said, but “the devil’s in the details.” Once they have the interested parties together, the next step is to hammer out those details and draft up an intergovernmental agreement.


Ultimately, the final decision is up to the voters because the new authority would depend on their tax dollars.