Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mountain View Community Homes?

Mountain View United Church (MVUC) is planning to build homes for homeownership on its property as part of its vision to serve the homeownership needs of hardworking families. A small number of the homes will be designed for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

MVUC has chosen Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (Habitat Denver) to build the homes and partner with families who will purchase the homes with an affordable mortgage.

Why did MVUC decide to build affordable homes for homeownership on its property?

MVUC is providing its property in furtherance of its ongoing ministry to address community needs, including the need for stable, affordable homeownership for working families, including host-home families serving adults living with IDD. One in 3 households in Aurora is housing-cost-burdened, meaning those residents are one health emergency or car repair away from possibly losing their home. Hardworking, essential employees in Aurora—like nurses, teachers, first responders, and those caring for adults with IDD, many of whom make less than $75,000 per year—cannot afford to live in the communities where they work.

Recognizing the housing needs of adults living with IDD, MVUC is committed to providing opportunities within the development for these individuals to live with caring host-home families who will support them in thriving, working and contributing to the broader community.

Has a traffic study been conducted and can it be shared with the neighbors? What was result of traffic study?

A traffic study was conducted in 2019, based on a higher number of residents than is currently being proposed in the plan shared on Jan.19, 2021. The study found impact on traffic flows to be insignificant.

How many parking spaces will be provided?

Every home in the development will be provided two off-street parking spaces. The site plan has been drafted to meet all known city parking requirements.

Why is Habitat seeking R-2 zoning for this development?

R-2 zoning will allow the construction of 10 duplexes on the site, providing affordable homeownership to 20 households. When balancing affordability, livability and neighborhood context, 20 homes is the number of homes feasible for the development of affordable homeownership on this site.

How will community need for sidewalks, curbs and gutters be addressed?

Habitat will develop all required infrastructure, such as sidewalks, curbs and gutters on the site prior to starting home construction on the property.

Where is the drainage addressing the 100-year floodplain located?

A detention pond for the development will be located on the MVUC church property, just south of the church building itself. Drainage will be reviewed and approved through Aurora’s typical engineering process and requirements.

Will an HOA be required for the site?

It is not yet known if an HOA will be required at the site. An HOA will be required for the site if there are common areas to maintain.

Where will the community garden be located?

The community garden will be relocated to the southwest corner of the site. It is administered and managed by Mountain View and community garden members in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens.  More information and instructions on how to check for availability and apply for a garden plot can be found at the Denver Urban Gardens website: DUG Community Garden Map – Denver Urban Gardens

What will the square footage for each home be and how many bedrooms will each home have?

According to the plan shown at the Jan. 19, 2021, community meeting, the square footage of each building will range between approximately 2,400 and 3,000 square feet. Each home is estimated to be between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet, with 3 or 4 bedrooms, depending upon the model.

What will be the price of these homes?

Price estimates cannot be made until the site plan is finalized. Habitat Denver families will pay an affordable mortgage, meaning they will pay no more than one-third of their income on housing costs. Appraised home values will be based on fair market values versus the affordable mortgage paid by homeowners.

What will be the income ranges of the homeowners?

These homes will be available to hardworking individuals and families who earn up to 80% of the area median income (AMI). The income ranges of homeowners will be determined by various factors including family size and demonstrated financial ability to afford the home mortgage. Based on housing prices in the metro Denver area, the income ranges for Habitat homeowners have ranged between approximately 55%-72% AMI.

How many people will live in these homes?

The site plan shared at the Jan. 19, 2021, community meeting, includes 3- and 4-bedroom homes. Habitat’s average household size is four.

Will housing be provided to those with disabilities?

Habitat is planning to construct four of the homes as one-story fully accessible homes.

Do Habitat homeowners use government assistance, such as Section 8 funding, to purchase these homes?

Habitat Denver homeowners do not use government subsidies to purchase their homes. To purchase a home, buyers invest their own sweat equity and pay closing costs. Habitat homeowners must demonstrate they have a stable income to afford paying an affordable mortgage, and complete 11 homeownership and financial education classes. Volunteer labor, private donations, corporate sponsorships and government grants help make Habitat home construction affordable.

Explain the land lease structure of these homes.

MVUC owns the land at the development site and will enter a 99-year land lease with Habitat. Homebuyers will enter a sublease with Habitat such that the homebuyer will own the home structure and will lease the right to use the land on which their home is built. When homeowners sell their home, the new homeowner will enter a new sublease with Habitat, leasing the right to use the land on which their home is built.

How will local schools accommodate the increased number of students this development may bring to the local schools?

As part of the formal planning process, the school district will provide input on the impacts of the development on local schools.

Have Habitat and MVUC contacted the city of Aurora about the proposed development?

Habitat and MVUC have updated the council member for Ward IV and at-large council members on the church’s plans for the site. Habitat made initial inquiries of the city planning department to answer questions required to design the plan that was shared during the Jan. 19, 2021, community meeting.

What fencing will be provided at the property?

At this stage of the planning process the type of fencing at the property has not yet been determined.

How will home values be affected?

Home values are driven by market forces. However, research shows affordable housing does not impact neighboring property values and that they may even rise.

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What adjustments to density and design is the church willing to make based on community feedback?

MVUC and Habitat have explored a variety of designs and density options throughout this process. Based on feedback from the neighborhood, as well as additional design evaluation, the site plan shared at the Jan. 19, 2021, meeting scaled back density considerably from the church’s original plans and includes a cul-de-sac design that fits into the aesthetic of the neighborhood. Habitat and MVUC will continue reviewing all input from neighbors, and will consider how this input can help achieve the affordability, livability and neighborhood context required to make the development of these affordable for-sale homes feasible.

What are next steps?

Habitat plans to submit a formal development application to Aurora’s planning department in February. It is expected the planning department will schedule another neighborhood meeting. Please feel free to submit additional input at https://mountainviewcommunityhomes.com/

Can Mountain View sell the land?

No. Per the deed restriction, Mountain View cannot sell the land without approval of Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. (EMI).

Will Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. entertain an offer to sell the land?

No. EMI discussed this option, and all three denominations are in agreement that “EMI is steadfastly committed to maintaining ownership of the land and will not approve any sale or transfer of the land ownership to any external party or organization.” Per the direction of EMI, “All questions or inquiries concerning the property and the project should be directed to Rev. Wayne A. Laws at Mountain View United Church.”

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