On Wednesday, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., urged his colleagues of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining to support two public lands bills that would protect Colorado wilderness and expand affordable housing options in Summit County.
The first bill, Udall’s Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act, would convey 40 acres of federal administrative land from the U.S. Forest Service to Summit County for the construction of affordable workforce housing.
“Affordable housing is desperately needed to support jobs that this mountain community depends on,” Udall said in a news release. “This commonsense bill will support job creators across the county and boost businesses along the Interstate 70 corridor. I am proud to lead this effort, which has broad support from local residents, Summit County leaders and the Forest Service.”
Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs attended Wednesday’s hearing in Washington.
“It’s exciting to see the Senate hearing on the Lake Hill Affordable Housing Act, as this is an important step toward making this bill become law,” Gibbs said. “I thank Sen. Udall for listening to our Summit County needs and shepherding this bill through the Senate.”
The second bill, the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, would protect water supplies and boost recreation in southwestern Colorado. The bill would designate more than 68,000 acres as the “Hermosa Creek Special Management Area” and create more than 37,000 acres of new wilderness area.