Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Open House and Advisory Board Workshop
One of most important meetings of the year will be this coming Monday:
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street (map)
This is a significant opportunity to weigh in on three different proposed growth scenarios within the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Incredibly, the City announced this with just a few days’ notice.
We really need to pack the room with as many BNA participants as possible.
One of the scenarios they will present is to add another 19,000 new jobs to Boulder and 6,750 new housings units. Incredibly, this scenario will do nothing to ease any of Boulder’s current problems and in fact, will add to them. It means losing ground on the housing front and having an 12,250 net additional in-commuters, which will only add pressure on housing, and our neighborhoods’ roles in “solving the housing crisis.”
The City’s senior planner who presented this scenario said she “hadn’t heard that there was concern in the community about adding more jobs.” (Reality check: we have made this point, repeatedly.)
So please, everyone, let’s show up on Monday. As many of us as possible need to say to City staff at the event, write on feedback forms at the event, etc, that Boulder does not need more jobs. We already have tens of thousands more jobs than workforce age adults to work them. A Comprehensive Plan strategy to add more jobs at this point will only markedly increase every measurable strain on our community. But it very well may happen, unless we say something.
Click here for the full agenda. Note, the first hour of the event (5:30-6:30) is the public open house. The rest of the evening (6:30-8:30) is the Joint Advisory Board Meeting, which is open to the public, but there will be no public input during that session.
See you on Monday!