The next hearing on the proposed Cooperative Housing Ordinance will be at the Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. This will be the Third Reading of the ordinance – in theory, they should only be considering changes from what was discussed in their December 6th meeting. The January 3rd meeting will include hearing comments from the public (see below).
The City Attorney has posted three documents on the city attorney’s website in preparation for the Jan 3rd hearing:
- Co-op Ordinance as Passed on Second Reading 2016 Dec 06 – a copy of the cooperative housing ordinance as passed by the City Council on December 6, 2016. Changes from the Dec 6th version have been highlighted.
- Summary of Changes in Co-op Ordinance on December 6 2016 – a summary of the changes made on December 6
- Coop Ordinance Options for Jan 3 2017 – options that council members requested relating to occupancy.
The City Council has not reviewed these documents, so they should be considered preliminary, subject to final review by the council.
Here’s an Excel Spreadsheet that can be used to evaluate the five “options” listed in the 3rd document above: 3rd Reading Co-op Options Evaluator
Our Positions on the 3rd Reading Options
The Opposition’s View
Here’s what the co-op advocates are saying about the draft ordinance. “BOCHA” (rhymes with “gotcha”) is the main housing co-op activist organization in Boulder.
- BOCHA’s latest propaganda and demands – they are demanding 12-15 people per co-op, with as little as 200 sqft per occupant, and minimal regulation and enforcement.
- BOCHA’s comments on Draft Co-op Ordinance Dec 6th, 2016
- Steven Winter’s letter to City Council
Council decision on December 13th
The full Council voted 9-0 to hear public input at the co-op ordinance 3rd reading. Jones argued against it, Young and Morzell argued for it. Yates, Brockett and Appelbaum all reluctantly said it was necessary. Jones and Brockett hope that people will limit their comments to only the aspects that are still up for discussion since the last hearing. Shoemaker did encourage people to also speak up about the enforcement of occupancy limits.
Watch the video of their brief discussion: