The development of affordable housing has long been an important goal of the Town of Telluride. Access to affordable housing for our resident workers is one of the most important elements in the preservation of community. Telluride tries to balance the development of affordable housing between the need for rental opportunities and purchase opportunities. The four phases of the Shandoka project are an important element in the affordable rental pool within the Town of Telluride. Purchase opportunites are addressed through the Wilkin Court Housing Project, the Mendota Town Home Project, the Entrada Town Home Project and most recently the Gold Run Housing Project.
Open Space is also critical to the Town of Telluride and the surrounding region. The Open Space Commission is charged with establishing priorities and criteria for Town Council adoption for the acquisition of open space and for the management and maintenance of all properties acquired. It is directed to make recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ecology Commission regarding open space impacts of applications filed under the town and county’s land use codes. It is also directed to review open space elements of comprehensive, master and area plans and make recommendations to Town Council concerning any open-space-related changes to plans.