(1)It is hereby declared that there exists in this state a need for additional adequate, safe, sanitary, and energy-efficient new and rehabilitated dwelling units; that a need exists for assistance to families in securing new or rehabilitated rental housing; and that, unless the supply of housing units is increased, a large number of residents of this state will be compelled to live under unsanitary, overcrowded, and unsafe conditions to the detriment of their health, welfare, and well-being and to that of the communities of which they are a part. It is further declared that coordination and cooperation among private enterprise and state and local government are essential to the provision of adequate housing, and to that end it is desirable to create a division of housing within the department of local affairs. The general assembly further declares that the enactment of these provisions as set forth in this part 7 are for the public and statewide interest.
(2)The general assembly further finds that, in an effort to meet the housing needs within the state, the private housing and construction industry has developed mass production techniques which can substantially reduce housing construction costs and that the mass production of housing, consisting primarily of factory manufacture of dwelling units, presents unique problems with respect to the establishment of uniform health and safety standards and inspection procedures. The general assembly further finds that by minimizing the problems of standards and inspection procedures it is demonstrating its intention to encourage the reduction of housing construction costs and to make housing and home ownership more feasible for all residents of the state.
(3)The general assembly further finds that, in an effort to meet the housing needs within the state through the use of manufactured housing units, it is necessary to require state supervision of compliance with government-approved codes of manufacture, such as the uniform building code and the federal regulations governing manufactured housing units. It is the intent of the general assembly that such supervision be accomplished primarily through the use of private inspection and certification entities to the extent allowed by the state constitution, the “State Personnel System Act”, article 50 of this title, and the rules promulgated by the state personnel board.
(4)The general assembly further finds and declares that:
(a)Publicly-assisted rental housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income persons should be preserved; and
(b)The division of housing should encourage property owners to notify the division when affordable housing units will be lost as housing for low- or moderate-income persons, so that the division may explore options for preserving the affordable housing resources.
Section 24-32-702 — Legislative declaration,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-24.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).