Boulder, Colorado is known for its progressive land-use planning, open space preservation, and environmental ethic. The City houses a highly educated population and holds a diverse economic base that has experienced significant growth in recent years and is projected to increase by another 10% in the next 25 years.
The Ponderosa Mobile Home Park, is a site that represents a confluence of these resilience challenges. One of the most affordable sites in Boulder, the Park sits in the 100-year floodplain, with a small share in the 500-year floodplain. As the city addresses its housing affordability challenge, the city wants to ensure that Boulderites maintain their diversity in ethnic backgrounds, incomes, and household compositions while addressing resilience and sustainability through upgraded infrastructure investment.
In December 2017, Rebuild by Design and the City of Boulder brought together experts in housing, water, energy, finance, and social services to create a resident-centered, resilient community design process. These experts, along with residents of the Ponderosa community, assisted the city in uncovering the feasibility of different ownership models and potential infrastructure ideas to transform the community into a model for developing a resilient, affordable, and sustainable manufactured home site in Colorado and beyond.
From this resilience workshop, a report was developed to capture the outcomes, knowledge gaps and next steps of discussions centered around land ownership options and housing affordability, technical and innovative infrastructure and housing feasibility, and the social assets and challenges of the Ponderosa community. The report also highlights key interventions for building a resilient mobile home park that can be applicable to similar communities throughout the U.S.