At first, I thought the Co-op Ordinance idea was a bad joke. The City Council wants to allow 12-15 folks to live in a 2,000 square foot house. That’s 4 folks to a bedroom.
This is another shocking development from the City Council. Is there no concern for the quality of neighborhoods, parking, and noise?
While I appreciate the concern for the housing shortage in Boulder, this solution is only transferring the problem to neighborhoods, which are the backbone of what makes Boulder great. Putting 12 folks in one home will not so much make Boulder more affordable except for a few college students, but rather make property owners richer. The stated intentions of this Ordinance will actually have the opposite effect, and make rents go up significantly, effecting many families’ ability to rent or purchase a home in Boulder.
There are already 40,000+ folks commuting into Boulder everyday, so allowing a few dozen coops is no solution. If the City Council is truly so concerned about affordability and the housing shortage, they will slow new job growth into Boulder, fight for bringing rail transit into Boulder (we have been paying taxes on that already), and enact some form of rent control.