Another big idea that surfaced last year is building a gondola in Boulder. This concept is not totally new as leaders at CU talked about a system several years ago to link the main campus with Williams Village.While that plan never moved forward, the idea came up again when CU and private developers unveiled plans for a conference center and two hotels to be built on University Hill. While these projects are great news for efforts to revitalize the Hill, there were immediate questions over increasing traffic congestion on Broadway and alternative ways to connect the Hill with downtown
Editor’s Note: A version of this statement has been published as a Guest Opinion in the Daily Camera.
The Boulder Neighborhood Alliance (BNA) has been a consistent opponent of the co-op ordinance now being considered by the City Council. We believe that the ultra high density permitted by the legislation will be disruptive and damaging to the low and medium density neighborhoods that are at the heart of the Boulder community. Despite community concerns, it’s clear that Council intends to embark upon this program of social engineering that will do nothing to produce the affordable housing so desperately needed by working families of Boulder. However, if Council intends to go forward with the ordinance, BNA offers some suggestions for reasonable compromises that would soften its impact upon Boulder’s vulnerable neighborhoods, while still permitting the program to go forward. Continue reading “Boulder Neighborhood Alliance: Compromise on Co-ops”
By Leonard May
For the past 8 months, City Council has been developing an ordinance to expand the permitting of co-operative houses into low density, single family neighborhoods. This has caused a lot of pushback from neighborhoods. Why the pushback? Communal living such as co-ops and boarding houses are already allowed in certain higher density zoning districts, but not in low density single family neighborhoods. That makes sense; low density zones have low density occupancies and high density zones have high density occupancies. So, the controversy surrounding this ordinance isn’t about co-ops per se, it is about City Council’s intention to allow high density occupancies (in this case, co-ops with 12 occupants) to encroach into low density zoning districts, and the consequent disruptions caused by the traffic, parking and noise of having 12 or more people living 10 feet away in neighborhoods not designed for such.
Thursday morning I read yet another impassioned letter by co op supporter Michael Rush extolling his philanthropy, volunteer work, definition of family and what great neighbors they’d make. Mr. Rush claims that Chrysalis co-op fits well into its neighborhood. He fails to mention that the neighborhood location Chrysalis is situated in, isn’t low density zoning. It continues to amaze me that he and other co-op supporters can’t accept the fact that none of that has anything to do with the situation of 12 to 15 people violating occupancy limits by insisting on living in small houses in low density neighborhoods, instead of Boulder’s higher density areas, where it makes more sense.
Wow. Some people just don’t get it.
When I bought my home 25 years ago, it was in a zone district designated for single family occupancies only. That’s why I bought my home in that neighborhood, because I didn’t want to live in a hotel district.
Yes, Rebecca, six unrelated people would probably be acceptable in a lot of neighborhoods. But the co-op ordinance is about allowing twelve to fifteen adults to occupy a 2,000 square foot house – it’s not the same thing!
There is no reason that a co-op with six unrelated people will be more disruptive to a neighborhood than a house with two adults and four children who are all related.