Several Colorado mountain communities are trying to limit the growth of short term rentals--as long-running housing crunches become full on crises. Earlier this summer Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte placed temporary halts on new short term rental licenses. In Telluride, a group of locals are pushing for a ballot question to limit short term rental licenses. But the proposal has aroused passionate feelings for and against. KOTO's Matt Hoisch went to a Telluride community discussion on the proposal and brings us this report.
Southwest Colorado is facing a housing crisis just like many other rural communities across the Mountain West. To combat the problem, local organizations in the region are building affordable housing developments. But the housing crisis is a complex issue, and additional housing inventory won’t solve it alone. For KSJD News, Lucas Brady Woods has this report.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to numerous changes in mountain towns across the West. Local governments have been struggling with how to address rapidly shifting demographics and accelerating housing crises in their communities. And now a new report from Colorado shows that many pandemic-era changes are likely here to stay. Will Walkey from KHOL in Jackson, Wyoming, has more.
A recent survey of 4,600 mountain town residents in Colorado found that record housing prices, rising rents and a dwindling supply is making it harder for many people to afford to live where they work.