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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Summit County Breaks Ground on Dillon Valley Vistas Workforce Housing

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Housing authority will begin accepting applications July 1 for new energy-efficient townhomes in Dillon Valley


  • Jason Dietz, Summit County Housing Director: 970-409-8458
  • Blake Shutler, Summit Homes Construction LLC: 970-418-0066
  • Amy Priegel, Summit Combined Housing Authority Director: 970-668-4177

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County and Summit Homes Construction held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for Dillon Valley Vistas, a 12-unit workforce housing development in Dillon Valley. The new homes will be available for occupancy in winter 2020 and spring of 2021. Summit Combined Housing Authority will begin accepting applications from prospective buyers on July 1, with an application deadline of 12 noon, Thursday, August 13.

The development will include three- and four-bedroom townhomes with attached two-car garages, patios, photovoltaic solar panels and the opportunity to create a fenced-in backyard. Summit County purchased the land in 2012 from Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Summit County recently obtained all of the necessary entitlement approvals and has begun deep-utilities and grading operations. As part of this project, the County will also be creating a new three-quarter-acre parcel of open space adjacent to Straight Creek.

"Our goal with this project was to create some of the most affordable and climate-friendly homes of this size for families in Summit County," County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. "These homes take advantage of solar energy for electricity and provide room for local families to grow and thrive."

Summit Homes Construction LLC anticipates starting construction on the first buildings in the coming days and plans to build throughout the fall and winter months. The first completed units will likely be available in winter 2020, with all units completed by the summer of 2021.

Energy efficiency, sustainability and livability are core concepts in the project’s design. Dillon Valley Vistas will be the first for-sale workforce housing development in Summit County where each unit will be compliant with the 2018 International Energy Code (IECC) and the County’s recently adopted Sustainable Building Code. The homes will also obtain a certification of compliance from the Department of Energy’s Net Zero Energy Ready Homes Program.

Going above and beyond that certification, each unit will also come standard with solar panels to cover annual electricity use. Key energy efficiency features include triple-pane windows, upgraded building insulation systems, heat recovery ventilation systems, radiant floor heat and third-party certifications, all resulting in extremely low energy bills for the homes’ owners.

One of the units will be a true “net-zero” energy prototype, which will produce as much energy as it consumes. It will utilize an electric heat-exchange boiler and hot water system, which pulls latent heat out of the air to generate heat for the home, rather than using natural gas. The entire home, including the heat-exchange boiler, will be powered by an 8.88 kW high-efficiency solar array. Summit County will initially retain ownership of the prototype unit to assess the performance of this technology in our high-alpine climate zone.

Sale prices for Dillon Valley Vistas townhomes range from $415,372 for the three-bedroom homes and $471,320 for the four-bedroom homes. Eligible applicants include households working an average of 30 hours per week annually and earning up to 120 percent area median income (AMI).

The HOA declarations for Dillon Valley Vistas were established with long-term affordability in mind, and are designed to address ongoing and long-term maintenance. HOA dues for the townhomes are projected to be about $300 per month, covering snow removal, trash, recycling, common area maintenance and long-term maintenance reserves.

Applications for prospective Dillon Valley Vistas homebuyers will be available on the Summit Combined Housing Authority (SCHA) website ( The SCHA will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, July 1.

All applications will be reviewed by SCHA for eligibility and completeness prior to the lottery, scheduled to take place August 31. Eligible applicants who work an average of at least 30 hours per week (on an average annual basis) in the Snake River or Lower Blue Basin will receive priority consideration in the lottery by receiving an extra lottery entry. Applicants who have worked in Summit County for 10 years or more will also receive priority consideration in the lottery by getting an extra lottery entry. Applicants working in other areas of Summit County are fully eligible for units and encouraged to apply. 

The lottery process will establish the order in which qualified applicants will have the opportunity to select their homes. SCHA can provide information on down payment assistance loans and homebuyer education.

For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, contact Summit Combined Housing Authority at, or 970-668-4177


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