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December 19, 2013
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Summit County workforce housing bill passes Senate committee

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday passed legislation aimed at increasing affordable workforce housing in Summit County.

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., a senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, strongly supports the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act, which would convey 40 acres of federal administrative land from the U.S. Forest Service Dillon Ranger District to Summit County and allow the county to build more affordable housing.

“Without workforce housing, businesses and job creators in communities throughout Summit County are at risk of losing their competitive edge,” Udall said in a news release. “That’s why I have been proud to champion this common-sense proposal to support jobs and boost businesses along the Interstate 70 corridor.”

The Lake Hill Affordable Housing Act next goes before the full Senate for a vote. Mike Saccone, Udall’s communications director, said that although there is no set time line, Udall has pledged to ensure the legislation is voted on and passed as soon as possible.

“Wow, we can’t believe how quickly Sen. Udall is moving the Lake Hill Affordable Housing Act through the Senate,” said Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs in the release. “Moving our bill from the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to the floor of the Senate is really quite an accomplishment. This bill is a positive step in addressing our affordable housing needs in Summit County.”

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, also praised the committee’s passage of the bill. Polis penned the House of Representatives version of the bill, which passed in October by a voice vote.

“I am pleased that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has advanced the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act and I urge prompt passage in the full Senate,” Polis said in a separate news release. “This bill is the product of a community-driven effort to create additional affordable housing opportunities in Summit County, while helping the U.S. Forest Service improve and maintain its facilities. This measure will contribute to community growth and economic prosperity.”

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