U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis’ Summit County Land Exchange Bill Passes House

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Washington, October 29, 2013 | comments

Today, the House of Representative approved Congressman Polis’ bill, H.R. 2337, the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act, by voice vote. This bill conveys 40 acres of the Lake Hill property in the White River National Forest to Summit County, Colorado. Summit County plans to use the site for affordable housing and proceeds from the sale would provide Region 2 of the U.S. Forest Service with funding to improve and maintain Forest Service facilities. Originally introduced by Representative Jared Polis in June, the bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Udall and Bennet in July.

“Today the House of Representatives approved a bill I introduced, the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act (HR 2337), which conveys 40 acres of the Lake Hill property in the White River National Forest to Summit County, Colorado so that the county can partner with developers to build affordable housing,” stated Rep. Polis. “High rent has driven many residents of Summit County to live further and further from work. As our mountain communities continue to grow, affordable housing is becoming increasingly important.  This bill is an important step towards helping the community use the Lake Hill property in a way that improves the quality of life in Summit County. H.R. 2337 is a win-win because it will add affordable housing opportunities while providing funding for U.S. Forest Service to improve administrative facilities.”

“Thank you, Congressman Polis, for passing legislation that will provide our community with much needed workforce housing.  Your legislation facilitates our community's goals of making Summit County a place where people can afford to live where they work, and work where they live,” stated Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs.  “Summit County is committed to turning Lake Hill into a model for interagency cooperation.  We already have heard from the USFS, State Patrol, our ski resorts, fire and school districts and our local towns.  Together we will work to provide workforce housing for our employees so they can afford to live in the community they are helping to create.  Now the ball moves from the House of Representatives to the Senate where a hearing on the Lake Hill legislation has been scheduled next month in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  Senators Udall and Bennet are working hard on the behalf of Summit County to expedite passage of the Lake Hill legislation in the Senate.”

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