More than 100 people signed up Tuesday to offer wide-ranging and impassioned feedback to a Boulder City Council currently considering a new ordinance that would enable the creation of more co-operative housing in the city.
… Opponents repeatedly asked the council to keep co-ops out of low-density, single-family residential zoning areas, and to reject rental (as opposed to group or private equity) co-ops.
Christine Klein, a former co-op resident, said, “Why should one vision be imposed on another? Why should high-density be imposed on every neighborhood?”
Many others echoed the idea that those who settled in Boulder — and in their specific neighborhoods — did so with an expectation of a certain tempo and noise level. Co-ops licensed under the current proposed ordinance, many said, could undermine that way of life.
… It has also prompted a common lament about public process and who, exactly, elected representatives are representing.
“I’m astonished that this council is hell-bent on pursuing this policy,” Joan Zimmerman said. “Can you seriously believe that you are benefiting Boulder by degrading established low-density neighborhoods and making it harder for families to find homes here?”
Mark Wallach ripped the council for even entertaining the ordinance in its current form.
“You have chosen not to serve the constituents who actually elected you, but rather your ideology” and interest groups, he said.