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Housing Guidelines

Click Here to review An Introduction to Community Association Living, required reading under the amended Guidelines.

The entire Affordable Housing Guidelines may be viewed in PDF format. If you do not have the PDF viewer you can download it at adobe.com Guidelines can be viewed as a whole or in sections. Click on the appropriate links below.
The Guidelines were modified and adopted for easier reading in 2017 with a few policy changes. The policy changes have been highlighted in yellow. Any questions, you can contact the APCHA Office at 970-920-5050.
A Guideline Study was completed in February of 2016 and presented to the Board of County Commissioners, Aspen City Council and the APCHA Board of Directors. The document is a policy study of the Guidelines, including an in-depth analysis of affordability; incomes, assets and categories; household sizes and qualifications; and best practices of peer housing programs in four high-cost mountain communites. Click here to review the document.
The current Fee-In-Lieu rate schedule can be found in the Land Use Code, Chapter 26.470.100. Calculations. The figures listed in the 2015 APCHA Guidelines are no longer applicable.
Each year the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority (hereinafter the Housing Office) establishes Guidelines which govern the development of, admission to and occupancy of deed restricted employee housing units for Aspen and Pitkin County. The guidelines support the Housing Office's goals and are not intended to supersede City or County Land Use Codes or the Uniform Building Code.
PURPOSE "To assure the existence of a supply of desirable and affordable housing for persons currently employed in Pitkin County, persons who were employed in Pitkin County prior to retirement, the handicapped, and other qualified persons of Pitkin County . . ."
Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority's Goal -
(Originally Adopted 1983)
The Employee Housing Guidelines respond to housing needs in Aspen and Pitkin County as identified by the Housing Office. The guidelines are used to:
· Review land use applications
· Establish employee units - rental rates
· Establish employee units - sales prices
· Establish criteria for qualifications and occupancy
· Develop and prioritize current and long range housing programs.
Provide information and a process for developing employee housing
It is the intent of the Housing Program to provide housing opportunities for persons who are or have been actively employed or self-employed in Pitkin County, which provide goods and services to individuals, businesses or institutional operations in Pitkin County.