Recent editorials have criticized the unanimous decision of Boulder’s Planning Board and the planning staff to deny a developer’s proposal for 3303 Broadway (former People’s Clinic site). While I understand and support the need to create more middle-income units in Boulder, it is unclear if these critics took the time to review the hundreds of pages of background information, listen to voices on both sides, or spend time at the site to observe access, traffic, parking, and safety issues to develop an informed opinion.
Everyone seems to agree that Boulder is changing rapidly and that it has become unaffordable for most of its workers to live here, resulting in an increasingly “missing middle.” There is a solution to this problem and it has been around for decades: “inclusionary housing.” Ironically, the city has an inclusionary housing ordinance and apparently little will to impose the intent of such ordinances (i.e. income diversity) on new housing developments.
Update on the 3303 Broadway (aka “Iris & B”) high density development proposal:
On December 1st, the Boulder Planning Board unanimously rejected the 3303 Broadway and Iris Development proposal.
At the public hearing before the Planning Board, the developer brought almost as many proponents as we had opponents to the development; she had the support of a few former City Council members, the Chamber of Commerce and other pro-growth groups.
The developer and her supporters are not giving up. We have reason to think that the developer is going to urge City Council to “call up” her plan for 3303 Broadway. It is very possible that the pro-density City Council will approve the request, ignoring the issues raised by the Planning Department and Planning Board. Continue reading “Developers to urge City Council to Call Up 3303 Broadway project Jan 3rd”
Neighbors of 3303 Broadway, an ad hoc group of over 125 neighbors, support thoughtful densification to provide permanently affordable middle- and low-income housing in Boulder. We also support the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and careful, well-thought-out changes to the BVCP for the entire North Broadway corridor, including between Forest and Linden. We do not support leapfrog zoning changes at the whim of a developer who bought a publicly-zoned property.
Just before midnight Thursday, the Boulder Planning Board rejected a proposed mixed-use development with commercial space and 50 middle-income housing units near the corner of Broadway and Iris Avenue. The unanimous decision was consistent with a recommendation made by city planners who had taken the rare step ahead of the hearing to recommend outright denial of the proposal, largely on the grounds that it was inconsistent with several Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan policies.
One group of Boulder residents argues for dense development everywhere, in the hope that this will make the city more affordable.Others see the Boulder they love at risk of destruction from a “build baby build” ethos. Ultimately, Boulder must do what it can to strike a smart balance: neighborhood by neighborhood.
What makes the city so desirable is that it has been carefully planned. Our community group, Neighbors of 3303 Broadway, is thus deeply concerned to see a proposal that attempts to bypass sound planning: the redevelopment of the old People’s Clinic site at 3303 Broadway.