When homeowners in Boulder want to renovate historic homes, the city imposes requirements to maintain neighborhood character.For example, requirements that homeowners recreate 50-year-old glass panes when replacing historical old windows. The homeowner who wants to upgrade his garage and is told he must install two garage doors rather than one. The goal of these requirements is to maintain neighborhood character.
These neighborhood character rules seem to apply to everyone — except private developers who offer to “fix” the city’s affordable housing challenge. Private developers have figured out how to box City Council into a corner and effectively silence neighborhoods.