Against the wishes of Boulder’s City Council, the Boulder County commissioners would like to maintain the present decision-making structure for certain parcels of land central to the city’s potential for future growth.
Now, with precious little land still in play, the Boulder City Council has expressed a desire to remove the two county bodies from the four-body review. If it succeeds, the process of expanding city limits — however limited the city may be in that process — could be accelerated. Most pressingly, controversial projects at Twin Lakes and CU South would see much clearer paths to approval.
City Council would like to eliminate Boulder County’s veto over certain land-use decisions
“I think the Twin Lakes debacle is Exhibit A on why the four-body review doesn’t work,” Councilman Bob Yates said.
After reading Dinah McKay’s exposé of the theft of the Twin Lakes open space property from us Boulder citizens, “Help save Twin Lakes open space” (Daily Camera, March 12), I have become increasingly angry with our elected officials! It seems to me it’s about time to get rid of those people who supposedly work for us, but refuse to consider our needs and opinions.
A study session of the City Council on Tuesday offered a peek at what getting it right may look like in the eyes of the planners and elected leaders tasked with turning the site, which the city purchased a year ago from Boulder Community Hospital for $40 million, into a community benefit.
The council showed a desire to investigate using the land, which sits just west of Broadway along Alpine and Balsam streets, to build a mix of housing types for different income levels, city offices and commercial space that includes bars and restaurants — all in a pedestrian-oriented layout.
The ongoing Alpine-Balsam conversation takes place within the context of a simultaneous exploration into the future of Broadway from University Hill to Iris.
At one point in the study session, Councilman Sam Weaver asked planners whether the city might inquire into a gondola as part of the Broadway plan. Chief Urban Designer Jim Robertson said that could be one of a number of tools Boulder looks at once it has actually solidified the city vision for the corridor.
Boulder County has been breaking Colorado open-records and open-meeting laws, a Gunbarrel resident alleged in a lawsuit she filed this week.
Kristin Bjornsen charged in her Boulder District Court complaint that Boulder County commissioners have engaged in a “persistent pattern of conducting improper closed-door discussions of public business, violating the procedural requirements for conducting an executive session.”
Bjornsen’s lawsuit accuses the county commissioners of “holding unauthorized executive sessions and then retroactively authorizing them after the closed-door meetings have occurred.”
Boulder County Planning Commission members voted 5-4 Wednesday night to reject any changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan’s current land-use designations for 20 acres of now-vacant government-owned land along Twin Lakes Road in unincorporated Gunbarrel. The county planning panel’s action likely halts — or may at least stall, possibly for several years — the Boulder County Housing Authority’s and Boulder Valley School District’s proposals to develop an affordable housing project on their properties.