Observing the debate over density and co-ops unfold, one thought keeps coming back to me: On April 21, Liz Payton, Planning Board vice-chair, suggested directing co-ops to downtown and converted commercial industrial space.
In May, City Council had a public hearing regarding the status of cooperative housing in Boulder. Over 80 people spoke directly to the council both for and against allowing this change in city zoning, a change that would allow co-ops in almost all areas of town.
As a longtime Martin Acres resident and homeowner and a small business owner, I am against the current co-op proposals as they are written.
The co-op ordinance as it is currently written would allow co-ops to bypass the regulations in low-density housing zones, a violation of property rights in those neighborhoods.
Every now and then Boulder citizens might have reason to sympathize with the challenges created by City Council members who attempt to please everyone and usually end up pleasing no one.