Exemptions from the 55 Foot Height Limit

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In April 2016, City Council began consideration of a ballot proposal that would grant special exemptions to Boulder’s long-standing limit of 55 feet on all buildings.

In mid-July, it appears that they’ve tabled this idea, for now, due to the specifics of the St. Julien “civic pad” development project.  But it is still on their wish list for 2017.

 

Recent News and Blog Posts:
  • Jim Martin: Upcoming council race key to Boulder’s future – Boulder Daily Camera The Nov. 7 election for the Boulder City Council will be one of the most important in the city’s history. There, I said it. Sound like hyperbole? Then consider this: The results will determine who will decide policy surrounding the extremely important planning issues of growth, housing and zoning/density — the NIMBYs (Not in My ...
  • Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera In advancing a framework for the future of the CU South parcel, the Boulder City Council stressed a desire to study flood risk and mitigation on the site before solidifying annexation and development plans there. On Tuesday night, after a long-awaited deliberation on the controversial property — 308 acres of University of Colorado-owned land in the ...
  • Helen Majzler: CU South Campus and the case for nature – Boulder Daily Camera This is the first time I’ve expressed my concern about the CU South Campus property. I have tried to keep an open mind about the needs of the… university especially for additional student and faculty housing. I have also supported the need for flood mitigation work on behalf of residents who have suffered from the ...
  • Stanford Court plan for senior affordable housing delayed as developers rethink approach – Boulder Daily Camera The review process for a proposed senior affordable housing project in south Boulder has been delayed, as developers consider a new arrangement with a slowed-down timeline.At 3485 Stanford Court, on the 5-acre site of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder Housing Partners and the local senior housing community Frasier have plans to build 45 one- and ...
  • Boulder looks to restore funding for anti-speeding projects in residential areas – Boulder Daily Camera Boulder transportation planners have presented a plan to change the process by which citizens can seek city-funded road treatments aimed at decreasing speeding in their neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Speed Management Program, as it has been titled, would see Boulder’s budget allot money for the first time in 14 years to street engineering, such as speed humps and ...
  • Shoemaker bows out of City Council race – Boulder Daily Camera Citing a desire to devote more time to his family and his career in law, Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker said Monday that he will not be seeking re-election to the Boulder City Council this November. Read More: Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker says he won’t run again for Boulder City Council – Boulder Daily Camera
  • What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes – NYTimes.com My husband and I share a 492-square-foot apartment in Cambridge, Mass. We inhabit a “micro apartment,” or what is sometimes called a tiny house. This label is usually proudly applied to dwellings under 500 square feet, according to Wikipedia. We are unwittingly on a very small bandwagon, part of a growing international movement. But deep ...
  • Affordable Housing Strategy, Development, Diversity | PBC The Problem:   Boulder is the most expensive city in the region. With average single-family home prices near one million dollars, and many apartments renting for thousands of dollars a month, it is not affordable for most middle-, median- and low-income households. The City of Boulder has implemented a variety of affordable housing policies to address ...
  • Steve Pomerance: Don’t do flood planning using the rear view mirror – Boulder Daily Camera Back almost 30 years ago, when I was on the City Council, we engaged in a very detailed study of the major drainages that flow through Boulder, and the likely damage that could result from floods. Our objective was to come up with appropriate risk mitigation standards… Out of this study came Boulder’s regulatory standard using ...
  • Kristin Bjornsen: Uphold the open space designation at CU South In the CU South debate, there’s one pesky fact that keeps getting buried. Well, actually, there are dozens, but the one that boggles my mind the most is this: In 1996, CU knowingly purchased 220 acres of unincorporated, open space-designated land on the South Boulder Creek floodplain… Now CU is demanding that the city and county ...