Thanks to Alex Burness for covering the City Council-Planning Board session in “Boulder weighs tall buildings” (Daily Camera, Jan. 25) explaining that the council is weighing whether to end the moratorium that limits tall buildings to eight specific locations in Boulder and Gunbarrel.
This is clearly an issue that Boulderites care about. As staff showed at the meeting, the recent city survey showed that 71 percent of participants were opposed to allowing buildings taller than three stories (up to 55 feet) in additional locations in the city. Citizen comments included: “I have lived in a large city for much of my life. One of the reasons I chose to move to Boulder was its abundant natural beauty and smaller scale.” to “Leave the views!” and “The height of the new Daily Camera building is a travesty.” (This is the “Pearl West” building at 11th and Pearl.)
I thought that, in addition to Alex’s quotes from various council members, readers should know how they actually voted: Council member Bob Yates was the only one who voted to end the moratorium and move forward with allowing taller buildings in additional locations around the city. Council members Burton, Appelbaum, Brockett and Shoemaker were unsure about whether to do that. And council members Jones, Morzel, Weaver and Young were the only ones in tune with the 71 percent of the citizens and supported keeping the current policy that limits tall buildings.