A Co-op Every 500 feet

The maps with circles that were shown at the October 11th City Council meeting were drawn incorrectly, giving a false impression of the actual density that City Council was legislating.  For example, here’s what they showed for University Hill with 600-foot separation: Continue reading “A Co-op Every 500 feet”

Karen Sandburg: Our neighborhoods are under attack

On Oct. 16, the Daily Camera published a guest opinion by council member Jan Burton (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options”). It was clearly the first shot across the bow to radically change the supposedly “outdated” zoning of our neighborhoods. … Ms. Burton insulted those of us who love our neighborhoods by saying that the days of “Leave it to Beaver” are over.

Full Story: Karen Sandburg: Our neighborhoods are under attack – Boulder Daily Camera

Molly Greacen: Demand zero increase in property taxes

Are you concerned about the skyrocketing increases in property tax? What about the flight of longtime residents from Boulder? Now is the time to act if you want to protest the county’s proposed 5.5 percent budget increase for 2017, affecting our property taxes.

Full Story: Molly Greacen: Demand zero increase in property taxes – Boulder Daily Camera

Leora Frankel: Rich and powerful taking over Boulder

In reference to “Pursuing City Council diversity” (Daily Camera, Oct. 23) about Ballot Issue 302 for imposing term limits, it’s disappointing that Boulder now has its very own organization devoted to the manipulation of voters and funded by the mega-wealthy.  I allude to Open Boulder.

Full Story: Leora Frankel: Rich and powerful taking over Boulder – Boulder Daily Camera

Melody Lyle: Drug-free school zone laws and the Pine Street housing project

Attention Homes, First United Methodist Church, and Gardner Capital (a private equity firm) are proposing a 40-unit (40-80 resident) housing project at 1440 Pine Street in Boulder that dismisses the needs of our city’s youth. This project, located in the area with the highest density of pre-college schools, appears to violate federal Drug-Free School Zone laws and is clearly counterproductive to them.

Full Story: Melody Lyle: Drug-free school zone laws and the Pine Street housing project – Boulder Daily Camera

Karyl Verdon: Troubling factors at Twin Lakes

Thank you Boulder County Planning Commission for voting to reconsider the medium-density zoning changes to 6600 and 6655 Twin Lakes Road and for citing overreach by the Boulder Valley Housing Authority, pressure by the assistant county attorney to hurry to a decision, and the need for transparency in government.

Source: Karyl Verdon: Troubling factors at Twin Lakes – Boulder Daily Camera

Kristin Bjornsen: Planning Commission shines light on flawed process

At Helm’s Deep, in the darkness before dawn, when all hope seemed lost, hobbits looked to the east and saw Gandalf the White, resplendent in morning light, galloping to the rescue of Middle Earth.On Wednesday, Oct. 19, citizens looked to the county courthouse and saw the Planning Commission, equally resplendent in clarity of thought and nobility of purpose, swoop to the rescue of Boulder’s democratic process.

I do not invoke Tolkien ironically. That’s the only image that captures how I felt when — on their own initiative, for their own reasons — the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to hold a new hearing on the Twin Lakes.

Source: Kristin Bjornsen: Planning Commission shines light on flawed process – Boulder Daily Camera