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Thursday, November 3, 2022
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In this issue...

Council Passes Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
The Littleton City Council unanimously approved an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) November 1, becoming the sixth city in the Denver metro area to adopt a policy to establish and fund affordable housing.

The policy, which takes effect November 10, offers a variety of options to developers to help Littleton address its shortage of affordable housing. New residential developments of at least five units must now include at least 5% of them as affordable; or pay a fee-in-lieu of building the affordable units.

Those who choose to build affordable units instead of paying the fee will receive incentives, including a reduction in parking requirements, an increase in the units allowed per acre, and rebates on fees.

Developers who choose to build majority-affordable developments – meaning at least 50% affordable or 25% "missing middle" housing types – will receive greater incentives, including a reduction in minimum lot size.

Fees-in-lieu collected from developers will be used to fund affordable housing development elsewhere, utilizing partnerships with agencies like South Metro Housing Options and Habitat for Humanity.

Littleton's IHO was five years in the making, beginning with the city's 2017 housing study and needs assessment, which found a deficit of housing attainable by Littleton's workforce. The housing study's recommendations, calling for the development of affordable housing, were incorporated into Littleton's 2019 comprehensive plan.

A 2020 update to the housing study found affordability conditions were continuing to degrade, with housing prices increasingly uncoupled from wage gains, causing the number of young families in Littleton to decline.

Effects have been felt citywide, including the closure of several elementary schools, which Littleton Public Schools attributes in large part to housing affordability. Meanwhile, studies presented to the Tri-Cities Homelessness Policy Group show that a shortage of affordable housing is a contributing factor to homelessness.

The City of Littleton convened the Housing Task Force in 2020, and city council unanimously approved the Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) in fall 2020, enabling modern land use practices and policies. City staff collaborated with the Housing Task Force to develop the IHO beginning in spring 2022.

Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter said the IHO is a crucial step toward keeping Littleton a vibrant place.

"We've heard time and time again that housings costs are one of the most important issues to our residents and businesses," Schlachter said. "The current housing market clearly isn't working for people to find housing at a reasonable price. Costs have gotten out of hand, and the IHO provides an opportunity to offer some relief when it comes to what Littleton residents can afford to spend on housing."

Click here for more information about the Littleton Housing Task Force.
District 3 Community Meeting
Residents of District III, which covers the city's southeast quadrant, are invited to a community meeting and Q&A session with Council Member Stephen Barr on November 20.

When: 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, November 20
Where: Downstairs meeting room, Bemis Public Library, 6014 South Datura Street
Contact: Stephen Barr at sbarr@littletongov.org or 303-443-0465
Final East Elementary Community Meeting November 9

Littleton Public Schools (LPS) will hold the last in a series of community meetings to discuss the future of the East Elementary School building, part of plans to turn the building into a community center serving northeast Littleton.

East Elementary will close in spring 2023 as Littleton Public Schools works toward consolidating the school on the campus of nearby Moody Elementary School.

The final community meeting will be November 9. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

When: Dinner 5 to 5:30 p.m., meeting 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 9.
Where: East Elementary School, 5933 South Fairfield Street, Littleton

Click here for more information about the East Elementary School community meeting.
Cast Your Vote at Bemis Public Library
Bemis Public Library will serve as an in-person Arapahoe County Voter Service and Polling Center for the first time this year!

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following days:
Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5
Monday, November 7
Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Bemis Public Library, 6014 South Datura Street, Littleton

Drop-off ballots will be accepted by Voter Service workers during these times. There is no 24-hour ballot drop box at the library. The Arapahoe County Administration Building and Arapahoe Community College are 24-hour drop off sites.

Click here for a list of other ballot drop-off sites in Arapahoe County.

For detailed information about the election process, visit the county clerk's office in which you live:

Click here for Arapahoe County elections.
303-795-4511
 
Click here for Jefferson County elections.
303-271-8111
 
Click here for Douglas County elections.
303-660-7444
Candlelight Walk Returns November 25
Kick off the holiday season in style with the Littleton Candlelight Walk Friday, November 25. The event features a parade down Main Street and a visit from Santa Claus, not to mention plenty of hot cider. There will be some new surprises this year so don’t miss out!

Street entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m.; the parade begins at the Courthouse on the east end of Main Street at 6:30 p.m.

Main Street will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m. Parking is available at Arapahoe Community College, the Littleton Center, Arapahoe County Administration Building, or take light rail and make the short walk from the RTD Downtown Light Rail station.
Honor Those Who Served on Veterans Day November 11
Join Littleton's veterans to honor those who served at the Littleton World War II Memorial Friday, November 11. 

The local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion will host a remembrance ceremony at the memorial, including speeches by veterans and Littleton Mayor Kyle Schlachter, and patriotic music performances by the El Jebel Pipe Band and the Littleton United Methodist Church choir.  

When: 11 a.m., Friday, November 11
Where: Littleton World War II Memorial, 6000 South Gallup Street (adjacent to the Littleton Museum)
Littleton Business Chamber Names Executive Director
The partnership between the Littleton Business Chamber (LBC) and the City of Littleton that began last spring reached a new milestone with the selection of Korri Lundock as the organization's first Executive Director.

Lundock has more than 33 years community engagement and leadership experience. She comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and has owned a successful business.  Her career spans banking, marketing, higher education, and as Major Events Manager and Director of the Women in Leadership Program for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.  She has collaborated with businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities, volunteers, civic groups, and alumni.  She earned a master's degree in management from the University of Phoenix.   
 
The LBC was formed in 2017 and its mission is to serve as a principal representative of businesses in this market area, contribute to its members' success and prosperity, and promote the economic and civic interests of the community.  LBC Co-Chair Pat Dunahay said, "Korri really has a love for the City of Littleton. She is supportive and respectful of this community and has life-long roots here. Her experiences and energy align with the strategic plan we have put together with input from the city, local business, and non-profits." 
 
The LBC submitted a proposal to the city requesting funding support for a professional, full-time Executive Director to work with the board on a strategic plan and program development. As part of the budget review process, city council approved $277,500 using ARPA Business Funds. The city and LBC entered into an agreement through December 2024 with an expectation that the chamber will be self-funded at the end of the agreement term. 

"We are inspired by the chamber leadership’s ambitious agenda to support all businesses in Littleton," said Economic Development Director Cindie Perry.  "The proposal aligns with city council's financial stability goal with an increased focus on economic development, placemaking, and tourism. Utilizing ARPA funds to support Littleton businesses honors the intent of the federal program," Perry added.
Littleton is Hiring
This week's featured jobs:

Building Inspector I, II, or III (Structural or Combination) The City of Littleton has an opening for a structural or combination inspector to join its talented team of building inspectors in providing outstanding customer service, working with contractors and the public, and ensuring code compliance for commercial, residential, and industrial structures throughout the community.

Business Support Assistant - Bemis Library The Business Support Assistant provides information and delivers excellent customer service to callers, visitors, and staff for the City of Littleton's Bemis Public Library. The Business Support Assistant functions as a main point of contact and information for both internal and external customers.

Code Compliance Officer (all levels) The City of Littleton has opportunities for two Code Compliance positions to work closely within the City of Littleton to enhance and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of neighborhoods and business districts through education, guidance, and enforcement of City Codes. This includes responding to and investigating reports of non-compliance with city ordinances.

Visit the City of Littleton careers page to view all current job openings.
Happening at Bemis Library
Sensory Story Time
Join an inclusive and interactive story time designed for children who are neurodivergent or have sensory needs. For caregivers and children of all abilities. November 8 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Safety Skills for Older Adults
This class, taught by a licensed physical therapist, will empower older adults to feel safe and remain independent in the community. Lunch is provided. For ages 50 and up. Thursday, November 10 from noon to 3 p.m. Click here to register for Safety Skills for Older Adults.

Concert: Voices West
Littleton's own chorale society will present classic songs and interesting arrangements, showcasing the beauty of the human voice. For all ages. Saturday, November 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the library.
Exterior of library from front


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