Susan Lambert: Taking Twin Lakes dedicated land

In this myriad of broken agreements, broken rules and broken policies, it’s hard to decide which is the worst offense, but I choose the blatant abuse of dedicated lands owned by Boulder Valley School District. These dedicated lands were granted to BVSD as a county requirement of subdivision developers for one sole purpose: to build a school or park for the benefit of the contributing neighborhood. Period. If BVSD chooses not to build a school, then the land should serve as green space. Any other contrived use of dedicated lands should be considered stealing from the communities for which they were intended. Any other use would be breaking the agreement BVSD entered into when they took possession.

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John DuGene: The fix was in on linkage fees – Boulder Daily Camera

As I watched the City Council debate and then decide on the developer linkage fees on Nov. 15, I despaired at the outcome. It had already been decided days, perhaps weeks, before. Yes, the $12 per square foot figure, below the staff recommendation of $15 per square foot, was going to be the outcome despite hours of staff and consultant work, countless dollars spent, and significant citizen input. All for naught as the Chamber of Commerce/Boulder Housing Partners/Downtown Boulder Inc. etc. determined their own, unquestioned figure and presented it to the council unsubstantiated and unchallenged. And it was approved.

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Jeff Schulz: A few little-known stats on Boulder governance

I’ve been having trouble understanding local leaders’ actions lately, so that’s why I was happy when I ran across the following statistics: Number of times “sustainability” has been stated during City Council meetings: 738,596. Amount of money spent on “sustainability”: tens of millions. Actual “sustainability” of Boulder: 1.2 percent. Chances that “resiliency” will become the new “sustainability” to justify large, no-accountability spending programs: 100 percent. …

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Greg Wilkerson: Take foot off the gas on development

“Facts are stubborn things.” (John Adams, 1770.) An Oct. 23 Camera article is quite telling: “The tide might be turning in Boulder’s crazy rental market, as vacancy rates hit highs not seen since the Great Recession and property managers say apartments are sitting empty through several price drops.It seems that the premise for Boulder’s “build, build, build” craze may not exist much longer. A purported lack of available units, and increasing price trends, have been used to justify:

• Weakening neighborhood zoning.

• Cramming high density housing units into neighborhoods that don’t want them.

Boulder, consider taking your foot off the gas pedal. Enough is enough.

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Susan Smith: Co-op numbers are unrealistic

Many of us in the neighborhoods have been discussing the implications of having a co-op next door in a low-density neighborhood. As I understand it, there could be more than one co-op in a neighborhood as long as they are separated by a mere 500 feet of lineal distance. There seems to be no provision for how many or few co-ops could be in one subdivision or neighborhood….. I do strongly feel that the current recommendation of 10-12 persons housed in a 2,000-square-foot house sounds unrealistic.

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