Linkage Fee capitulation is a travesty

Dear Boulder City Council, (cc Betsey Martens, Boulder Chamber, BNA)

I think your capitulation to Boulder Chamber and BHP on this woefully inadequate linkage fee is a travesty for our community, and many in my neighborhood agree. Continue reading “Linkage Fee capitulation is a travesty”

City Council bows down to Chamber of Commerce, OKs meager $12 affordable housing fee on developers

Full Story: After much debate Boulder OKs $12 affordable housing Linkage Fee

“We have a real urgency for affordable housing, and we can’t just keep putting it off,” Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said. “Development should not be expected to create all of the funds that will generate affordable housing revenue, but they need to pay for some of it, and right now, $9 … is woefully inadequate. $12 is woefully inadequate and $15, I think, is woefully inadequate.”

Morzel sought a $30 fee, but could not get enough support. Mayor Pro Tem Mary Young also couldn’t get enough votes for her motion — a $35 fee.

Ultimately, six of the nine council members supported the $12 fee, which is $3 short of what city staff had recommended all along.

Some had argued that setting the fee above $12 would disadvantage small businesses and hurt the local economy.

A Boulder Developer
Chamber Of Commerce

“We strongly object to a linkage fee that would be more than” $12, said John Tayer, CEO of the Boulder Chamber, “and that’s because we know that … there are direct pass-throughs from the developers down to the small store owners.”

Discussion of Linkage Fees Tuesday

Hi All,
I wanted to let everyone know about the Boulder Valley Real Estate Conference on Tuesday, November 15th where Leslie Durgin and Lou Del A Cava will be discussing the affordable housing linkage fees.  You can get information at There is a fee for the conference and I think sign-up ends tonight.  I think you can also get continuing education credits for attending the conference and that may be an additional $15 dollars.  I think this conference would be very interesting to attend and get information from concerning development in the Boulder Valley.
Here’s the Full Program for the event.

Selling out Boulder’s taxpayers


A Boulder Developer
Boulder Commercial Developer

John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber and Betsey Martens, executive director of Boulder Housing Partners, joined forces to write this guest opinion in the Daily Camera: John Tayer and Betsey Martens: Coming together for community – Boulder Daily Camera.

In it, they basically sell out the residents and taxpayers of Boulder in favor of their respective special interest groups – claiming a “reasonable compromise” was reached. One problem with their approach is that the biggest stakeholder in this discussion – the citizens of Boulder – did not have a seat at the table. Continue reading “Selling out Boulder’s taxpayers”

Does Growth Pay Its Own Way? What Boulder Is and Isn’t Doing. | PBC

From PLAN-Boulder County:

Chris Meschuk, the City staff person who is coordinating the update of the City’s impact fees, and Steve Pomerance, former City council member and citizen expert on the costs of growth, discussed the City’s process to update its impact fees related to general fund services like libraries, parks and rec, police and fire, as well as the charges on new development for critical areas of transportation and affordable housing.…

Source: Does Growth Pay Its Own Way? What Boulder Is and Isn’t Doing. | PBC