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Recent items in the Boulder Daily Camera and other media sources

  • Susan Lambert: The stability of the four-body review process The most important and time-tested component of American democracy is the concept of checks and balances. It ensures the interests of a few never override the values and interests of the larger community. It protects against corruption. It protects against tyranny.On June 13, Boulder City Council’s nine members met to contemplate eliminating Boulder County’s most ...
  • Boulder advances compromise plan to limit county control over future city expansion – Boulder Daily Camera Boulder County Planning Commission would lose veto power on key parcels; County commissioners would not. City Council members, a slight majority of whom would like to limit Boulder County’s control over future city expansion, appear to have come to some agreement on a proposed revision to the procedure by which city and county cooperate on long-range, ...
  • Bill Karelis: When a city dashes forward  The implicit theory of growth behind Boulder’s current expansion is that it can become a fast-growing commercial center and retain its residential quality of life at the same time. That idea is proving to be a fantasy, along with many of the other visionary positions of our local government.Now the City Council has voted overwhelmingly ...
  • Jennifer Havlick Platt: Time to cap enrollment at CU There are viable options to consider other than the controversial development of CU South. Why not cap the enrollment of CU, so that additional housing, classrooms, and playing fields are not necessary?Since the doors to the University of Colorado opened in 1876 with 44 students, the University of Colorado has expanded and become a four-campus ...
  • Greenwood Village pro-growth ballot measure fails, 3 to 1 A ballot measure in a special election in Greenwood Village that would have allowed for taller buildings and denser development in the area surrounding Orchard Station failed Tuesday night. 6,092 of Greenwood Village’s approximately 15,000 residents voted in Tuesday’s election, with 1,479 voting in favor of the ballot measure and 4,613 against.
  • No call-up: Boulder council grants final OK to 1440 Pine St. The proposed development at 1440 Pine St. was given final approval on Tuesday night, as the Boulder City Council declined an opportunity to call up the project for further discussion. That decline upholds a 6-1 vote of the city Planning Board last month to approve the project, which will see a three-story building built on a surface parking lot just northeast of the Pearl Street Mall.
  • Boulder Planning Board produces expected outcome: approves housing for homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St. Boulder Planning Board produces the result they were expected to produce: they approved housing for young homeless adults at 1440 Pine St. After 18 months of community debate — often unusually heated, even by Boulder’s standards — the city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a proposal to build housing for homeless young adults in a ...
  • John Gerstle and Pat Shanks: Don’t compromise the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) is an agreement that guides land use in the Boulder County area that surrounds the city of Boulder (about 12,000 residents and 44,000 acres of land) and within the city (about 104,000 residents and 16,000 acres). Recent comments from several Boulder City Council members indicate some frustration with implementation ...
  • CU-South | PLAN Boulder County Respected environmentalist Tim Hogan’s letter to the newspaper, outlining the issues.   For many longtime residents of Boulder, the current proposal from the university requesting annexation, engineered flood mitigation, and additions to their housing and academic building portfolio stirs up a host of reservations.  The more one delves into the details, the greater those reservations ...
  • Steve Pomerance: ‘Density transfers’ at 1440 Pine – Boulder Daily Camera When I heard about the Attention Homes project at 1440 Pine, now under review by the Planning Board, something about the large size and high number of at-risk young adults that would be housed there didn’t ring true to me. Then I learned that this was the result of a “density transfer.” I couldn’t remember ...
  • Co-Op Housing Applications start next week! Beginning June 1, 2017 prospective applicants will be able to download the applications online from the Applications and Forms Database or by obtaining a hard copy at 1739 Broadway on the third floor. Please search or ask for the “Administrative Review Application Form” and attachment document. Read More: Co-Op Housing at bouldercolorado.gov
  • Important Meeting Tonight: BVCP Update

    Important Public Hearing Tonight (May 23 2017):

    Where: City Council Chambers of the municipal Building at 1777 Broadway, When: 5/23/17 starting at 6:00 p.m. (you can sign up to speak between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.)
  • Jeff Schulz: An imaginary conversation I recently scooped the Daily Camera when several pro-growth City Council members sat down with me to outline their thoughts surrounding density and subsidized housing programs. First, I asked if they were aware that higher density has only driven up home prices, reduced quality of life, and has never, ever, solved affordability. “But it’s sustainable” was ...
  • Stacey Goldfarb: Supporting real affordability Chloe Pachovas’ May 11 letter suggested that ultra high occupancy co-ops are necessary for there to be artists and innovators in Boulder. Actually, Boulder’s low-density neighborhoods are filled with artists and innovators who abide by the zoning regulations. If Pachovas attended an “Open Studios” tour, she might be surprised at the number of participating artists in ...
  • Cara Luneau: Attention Homes project a misuse of public funds
    The Boulder Planning Board held a public hearing Thursday night on the proposed $12.5 million Attention Homes residence for homeless young adults.
    ...There are many compelling reasons for us to reject this proposal. While many have already been written about, I will attempt to summarize them here: The proposed transfer of public funds for this project from the city to a private equity firm (Gardner Capital) and to the Methodist Church is a betrayal of taxpayers... The cost of the building far exceeds the cost of other "affordable housing" projects...
    If approved the project will violate numerous building restrictions set in place to protect the historic Whittier neighborhood, including height, setback, parking, and density requirements... As for the proposed residents of the building, Attention Homes plans to house 40 units' worth of high-risk 18-24 year-olds. This age of young adulthood is unstable and characterized by reckless behavior in the best of circumstances... There are four schools within a few blocks of 1440 Pine St.: Whittier Elementary, Sacred Heart, the YWCA Children's Alley, and Casey Middle School. As a community we need to stand up for the safety of these young children, stand up for taxpayers, for the character of our downtown area, and for the Whittier neighborhood. We must not support this misuse of public funds but find a better way to address the needs of homeless adults... The Planning Board should just say 'No.'
  • Spense Havlick: Health of Boulder at risk – Boulder Daily Camera A city is a type of living organism with its physical and mental health sustained when its growth is in balance with its environment, and when its citizens are pleased with its present and future conditions. If you walk or bike around Boulder the recent and planned developments are signs of “urban obesity.” They are ...
  • Boulder board delays vote on 1440 Pine St. proposal after marathon public hearing – Boulder Daily Camera The Planning Board was finally set to vote on the project, after about a year and a half of often-spirited community debate. Anticipating a lot of citizen input, the board started its meeting an hour early on Thursday, but public comment still lasted until after 11 p.m.Because of the late hour, the board decided to ...
  • John DuGene: Let’s forget about the Boulder ‘brand’ Noteworthy in the last few weeks has been the coverage of making Boulder a “brand.” It seems we are no longer a community of human beings but have morphed into a brand. To be sold, exploited, manipulated, monetized, etc., which is what happens when people market brands. The essence of our community is being sold ...
  • 2 Boulder Planning Board members face possible conflicts ahead of vote on 1440 Pine St. – Boulder Daily Camera Potential conflicts of interest for two Planning Board members loom over the board’s highly anticipated Thursday vote on whether to approve a controversial plan to build housing in downtown Boulder for 40 chronically homeless young adults. Source: 2 Boulder Planning Board members face possible conflicts ahead of vote on 1440 Pine St. – Boulder Daily Camera
  • Why More Density and Market Rate Housing Won’t Result in Lower Cost Housing in Boulder | PBC Subject: RE: Articles regarding Inclusionary Housing (This letter to the council member was publicly posted) Dear Jan Burton: Thanks for sharing these articles of various points of view that will c… Source: Why More Density and Market Rate Housing Won’t Result in Lower Cost Housing in Boulder | PBC

Susan Lambert: Protect the four-body review: The most important and time-tested component of American democracy is the concept of checks and balances. It ensures the interests of a few never override the values and interests of the larger community. It protects against corruption. It protects against tyranny.  In response, five City Council members, led by Matt Appelbaum, have begun a disgraceful crusade to do away with the checks and balances of the four-body review process. The other four are Bob Yates, Aaron Brockett, Jan Burton, and Andrew Shoemaker.