In 2019, the City of Laramie, along with state and local economic development and educational partners, non-profit organizations, and community stakeholders embarked on an effort to develop a comprehensive 10-year economic development plan known as Thrive Laramie. The planning process was guided by locally sourced, professionally vetted, and community driven solutions to build on Laramie’s assets and to overcome barriers to success. The planning process was facilitated by a national economic development consulting firm, 4th Economy, which looked holistically at Laramie’s economy, and Community Builders, a non-profit economic and community development organization, which looked specifically at Laramie’s housing market. The Thrive Laramie plan, adopted in early 2020, includes improvements to Laramie’s housing market among its top recommendations. To that end, the City of Laramie and Community Builders are continuing to collaborate through a multi-pronged approach transform Laramie’s housing market.
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City of Laramie Staff participated in a Housing Solutions Roundtable: A discussion on how communities throughout the Mountain West are finding creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis.
City Council adopts new Dimensional Changes at January 4, 2022 meeting.
City Council adopted changes to Table 15.12-2 - Residential Dimensional Standards and other amendments related to changes shown within the Table at the 1/4/22 meeting. The full meetings can be viewed on the City of Laramie's Youtube page.
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- June 22nd City Council Work Session (Laramie Housing Update)
- Media Link to City Council Work Session (Youtube)
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The City’s and Community Builder’s first approach to activating the Thrive Laramie Plan is to address our housing challenges. The City, community partners and Community Builders have started addressing housing through a comprehensive review of the challenges our home owners, renters, developers and contractors face when approaching the Laramie housing market. Our findings and recommendations have been laid out in the three documents below. Please review these documents and provide any feedback you may have. Comments can be sent by email at email@example.com or by phone at (307)721-5207.
This document represents a summary of feedback from widespread conversations and meetings with local leaders, developers, engaged community members and the general public as The City of Laramie and Community Builders developed the Thrive Laramie Plan. Public feedback was instrumental in developing the strategies and actions in the 2020 Laramie Housing Strategy and the 2020 Laramie Code Audit.
This document outlines the goals and objectives that we hope to use to tackle our housing challenges in Laramie. It outlines the more specific challenges we experience from our income gap and housing prices, to demographic concerns and where the City code is a deterrent to sustainable growth. The document outlines all of these challenges through collected data, community surveys and case studies from around the nation that highlight how we may be able to start solving some of these issues.
The Laramie Code Audit is a document that addresses and identifies barriers within our DC, R3 and R2 zone districts that exist in the Laramie Municipal Code, more specifically, focusing on the dimensional standards under Section 15.12 of the LMC. The document highlights how our current code prohibits certain residential development and how the proposed changes could be beneficial to home owners, use our current infrastructure efficiently and ensure that our community allows for a variety of housing to be built.
A table that represents what was learned through the different phases identified through the Thrive Laramie Economic Development Plan. These phases include community surveys, the project video, design workshops and all other public and community partner engagement activities.
- Design Worksession Summary_April 2020
- Housing Development Roundtable - Outcomes
- Preliminary Findings Summary Data- Appendix
- Laramie Preliminary Findings Summary_Jan 2020
- Thrive Laramie Community and Economic Development Action Strategy 2020
- Thrive Laramie Community and Economic Development Action Strategy 2020 - Exec Summary
Housing related Articles
This section highlights different articles from around the nation or globe that discuss housing challenges in other places and gives great perspective to the challenges that Laramie is facing.
- Bozeman finds remote workers put a burden on local housing market
- The housing inequality gap isn't closing because we build more single-family homes
- How new design can find the missing middle housing
- How Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a flexible, free market housing solution
- How parking requirements make your house or development unaffordable
- Slowly but surely: Steamboat Affordable Housing Committee Digs in on Short-, Long-Term Solutions
- A 15-Minute City in Rural America - Laramie Case Study