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Ponderosa History

Ponderosa History

Ponderosa Mobile Home Park, established in the 1950s, is a 6.46-acre community of 68 homes. The property is served by city water and sewer but remains a Boulder County enclave to the City of Boulder. Over the years, unsuccessful attempts have been made to annex Ponderosa and make it part of the city. For the health, safety and long-term stability of the community, substantial infrastructure improvements are necessary. In the past, attempts were made to buy Ponderosa from various owners to make the community permanently affordable and address the city’s affordable housing goals.


History of Ponderosa and the City of Boulder

1980 City of Boulder issues the water connection permit allowing Ponderosa to address potential supply and contamination issues from their existing well system.

Ponderosa connects to the City sewer system.

1985 Boulder becomes the first community in Colorado to develop a specific zone for mobile home parks to preserve this valued housing type and land use. 

City implements the Mobile Home Grant Program to assist mobile home owners with maintenance and repair issues. Mobile homes in communities outside of the city limits, like Ponderosa, did not qualify for participation in this program.

1998 City updates and publishes a Mobile Home Landlord/Tenant Guide and offers a repair workshop for mobile home owners. Ponderosa, located outside of the city limits, was ineligible for participation.

2000 major update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan introduces the Manufactured Housing (MH) land use designation to “signal the city’s intent to preserve the affordable housing provided by the existing mobile home parks” given the market pressures for redevelopment.

In addition, a new housing policy (7.14) titled Preservation and Development of Manufactured Housing is adopted to “provide a policy basis for protecting and preserving a uniquely vulnerable type of existing low-income housing or for assisting low income residents should their park be eliminated for reasons such as flood control mitigation”.

2001 The owner of Ponderosa applies for annexation. The application is denied because the City did not feel the owner’s proposed improvements would bring the property to city health, safety and rental licensing standards.
2013 Boulder County is impacted by the historical flood along the Front Range that resulted in the displacement of more than 18,000 people and destroyed almost 2,000 structures. 
2014 Ponderosa Mobile Home Park, located in the 100-year floodplain, is part of a three-parcel the West Fourmile Canyon Creek planning area, which is awarded a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) – Disaster Recovery-funded Resilience Planning Grant to identify resilience solutions. 

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