A Co-op Every Hundred Feet

The following is from Boulder resident Cheri Belz:

Here is what a map of part of the Newlands neighborhood would look like if the proposed co-op ordinance goes through. They have scrapped the 10% limit on a neighborhood and included a provision that co-ops would only need to be separated by 100 ft. The red highlighted properties could all be co-ops in that scenario.  A lot more than 10%….

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New Boulder co-op ordinance sets occupancy limits, 100-foot buffer between sites 

Alex Burness takes the draft co-op ordinance at face value.  Not much thought behind this report:

The latest draft of Boulder’s new co-operative housing ordinance lays out specific criteria for co-op certification and subsequent neighborhood notification, minimum and maximum occupancy limits, and a requirement that no two co-ops be located within 100 feet of one another.

Full Story: New Boulder co-op ordinance sets occupancy limits, 100-foot buffer between sites – Boulder Daily Camera

Profane speech at Ignite Boulder lands city consultant in hot water

This person is currently living in “affordable housing” in Boulder: the Masala co-op. She now wants to tell you how great it would be to have 15 people like her as your next door neighbor.

During a May 13 [2015] presentation before the tech-friendly crowd, Becky Boone uttered the F-word five times, and showed it eight more times in her slides — including four times in a single image that played off Dr. Seuss’ “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

Boone is in Boulder on a $150,000 contract with the city to work on expanding community outreach beyond traditional constituencies as city leaders develop a new Comprehensive Housing Strategy.

WARNING: the following video contains profanity – a lot of it!

Source: Profane speech at Ignite Boulder lands city consultant in hot water – Boulder Daily Camera

Sarah Silver: Private equity firm could get public housing funds

If the city of Boulder agrees to provide $2 million from its affordable-housing fund to help build the proposed homeless young adult housing facility at 1440 Pine St., it will unwittingly participate in a huge transfer of public funds to a private equity firm and the First United Methodist Church.

Full Story: Sarah Silver: Private equity firm could get public housing funds – Boulder Daily Camera

Edward S. Greenberg: CU shirks duty on housing

The “elephant in the room” in the current debate about affordable housing, co-ops, and neighborhood preservation in Boulder is the University of Colorado, which has not done its fair share of shouldering the burden of housing its roughly 30,000 students and its numerous faculty and staff.

…the city of Boulder should strictly enforce the occupancy requirements now on the books for rental properties. This … might eventually persuade CU to provide more housing for its several constituencies, if it sincerely wants to continue to attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, to an increasingly expensive place to live. This action by the city would incentivize CU to do the right thing.

Full Story: Edward S. Greenberg: CU shirks duty on housing – Boulder Daily Camera

Urgent: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan at Planning Board

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This Thursday, 9/15, the Boulder Planning Board will be reviewing the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan policies.  Several members of the Planning Board intend to bring up a “slow the growth” policy, but they need public support!  Specifically, they need folks to speak up in support of “Policy Option D” (read about it here). Continue reading “Urgent: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan at Planning Board”