Co-ops are an unrealistic “solution” to Boulder’s high-priced housing. Let’s increase neighborhood density by allowing co-ops in single-family residences. Give me a break.
I attended last week’s City Council meeting expecting to be all in favor of the proposed co-op ordinance. However, after listening to the first two hours of public comments, I saw three issues with the proposed ordinance.
Housing affordability is probably the most pressing public policy issue facing the city of Boulder today, and rightfully so.
Oh, boy! The YIMBYs are coming to tell us how to remake Boulder! Too bad the City Council didn’t know this before they flew to Oregon on the taxpayers’ tab to learn how to turn Boulder into Portland.
Video of the Boulder City Council meeting, May 17th, 2016. This meeting consisted of the “First Reading” of the proposed cooperative housing ordinance, including a Public Comment section at which 44 people spoke against the ordinance (vs. 32 speaking in favor):
Why is the proposed Cooperative Housing Ordinance being fast-tracked? A draft ordinance to allow more co-operative housing units in the city is tentatively scheduled for a first reading at the May 17 City Council meeting.
The city is fast-tracking a one-sided co-op ordinance drafted by a coalition of Boulder Housing Partners Foundation and their supporters, which includes real estate developers and young people who are seeking subsidized housing (Group A).