Boulder clears way for affordable housing at 185-unit Tantra Lake Apartments – Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder City Council on Tuesday cleared the way for the sale of the 185-unit Tantra Lake Apartments complex, which will now be dedicated for low- and middle-income housing.Boulder Housing Partners, the city’s housing authority, has a deal in place to buy the complex but needed the City Council’s help to facilitate the sale. That’s because the property was illegally subdivided in 2004 — a fact unearthed during the sale process, and requiring council action to resolve. …

Former City Councilman and current neighborhood activist Steve Pomerance pressed city officials as to why the ordinance needed to be hurried, and Boulder Housing Partners Executive Director Betsey Martens responded, “The bank is taking a very conservative approach … (and) insists on a closing in April, which the seller can’t accommodate. Hence the single reading to get a closing in March. …

Source: Boulder clears way for affordable housing at 185-unit Tantra Lake Apartments – Boulder Daily Camera

Joyce A. Davies: Take Ruth Wright’s advice on CU South

For over 50 years I have been an admirer of Ruth Wright and all the great things that we “old-timers” have watched happen in Boulder because Ruth has had the foresight to see how they would benefit our community.

Ruth has now given her sage advice to the city of Boulder Planning Board which I quote from the Daily Camera’s excellent article on the annexation of the CU South Boulder Campus: “Protect our citizens as they deserve. Don’t lull them into complacency and a false sense of security, only to be stunned, shocked and damaged by the next big one.”

Source: Joyce A. Davies: Take Ruth Wright’s advice on CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

Gunbarrel resident says Boulder County violates open-meetings, open-records laws – Longmont Times-Call

Kristin BjornsenBoulder County has been breaking Colorado open-records and open-meeting laws, a Gunbarrel resident alleged in a lawsuit she filed this week.

Kristin Bjornsen charged in her Boulder District Court complaint that Boulder County commissioners have engaged in a “persistent pattern of conducting improper closed-door discussions of public business, violating the procedural requirements for conducting an executive session.”

Bjornsen’s lawsuit accuses the county commissioners of “holding unauthorized executive sessions and then retroactively authorizing them after the closed-door meetings have occurred.”

Source: Gunbarrel resident says Boulder County violates open-meetings, open-records laws – Longmont Times-Call

Margaret D. LeCompte: An ill-conceived plan at CU South

Boulder residents need to fight ill-conceived plans by the Boulder City Council and the University of Colorado to mitigate flood threats in south Boulder. All over south Boulder, neighborhood organizations are protesting the implementation of alternative D, a vague, flawed plan for a three-story dam along U.S. 36 that deludes residents who think it will protect them.

The cheapest, quickest, most effective solution for protection of lives and property in south Boulder is to restore the entire 308 acres of CU’s south campus to open space, remove the illegal berm that CU built around its perimeter so that floodwaters could once again be absorbed into the ponds and streams therein, and use the mined-out quarry in its center as a detention pond to slow down floodwaters. This solution has been proposed by citizen groups for years, would take only 2-3 years, and would not cost tens of millions of dollars.

Source: Margaret D. LeCompte: An ill-conceived plan at CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder council to choose from crop of 16 to fill 2 Planning Board seats – Boulder Daily Camera

Sixteen people will vie for two seats on Boulder’s Planning Board, and more than 100 seek positions on various other city boards and commissions, applications for which closed this week. The Planning Board, which considers development proposals and helps set land-use and design code, is the most influential city body other than the City Council, and received more applicants than any of the 18 other boards and commissions with expiring seats. The Planning Board has often been a launching point for citizens who intend to run for council seats in the future; four current council members have served on the Planning Board.

The applicants for the two available seats are Ira Barron, Morey Bean, David Ensign, Madeline Fetsch, John Gerstle (the board’s current chair), Donia Hanaei, Ann Horwich-Scholefield, Thomas Johnston, Laura Kaplan, Morgan McMillan, Sepideh Miller, Hollie Rogin, Zane Selvans, Peter Vitale, Mark Wallach and Howard Witkin.

A complete list of applicants, including all of their submitted applications, is available now through the city web site.

Source: Boulder council to choose from crop of 16 to fill 2 Planning Board seats – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Planning Board recommends extending moratorium on tall buildings – Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder Planning Board on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council extend by 18 months the expiration date on a city ordinance that limits the areas of the city and circumstances under which a person can ask for an exemption on building heights against a staff recommendation that the date be done away with.

Source: Boulder Planning Board recommends extending moratorium on tall buildings – Boulder Daily Camera

Karen Sandburg: Affordable housing takes another hit

As commercial development explodes in Boulder, the most vulnerable among us continue to be shortchanged. Though new commercial development brings jobs, it increases the demand for already scarce housing, skyrocketing housing prices and rents. Consequently, longtime lower- and middle-income residents are being forced out of Boulder at an unprecedented rate. Attempting to address the affordable housing issue, City Council passed a $12-per-square-foot affordable housing (AH) linkage fee on commercial development, $3 less than city staff recommended. … Alas, it is business as usual on the council — emphasis on “business.” The special interests call the shots and the taxpayer foots the bill. Some things never change. Keep this in mind when November’s election rolls around.

Source: Karen Sandburg: Affordable housing takes another hit – Boulder Daily Camera