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.
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):
The proposed Co-op Housing Ordinance which is being rushed through Boulder’s legislative process right now has tremendous potential to disrupt neighborhoods throughout the city and to have many unforeseen consequences.
Boulder City Council members are constantly bemoaning the lack of economic diversity in Boulder and proposing extreme measures to pack more and more people into a limited space.
In a recent editorial, Dave Krieger stated: “Boulder is the crown jewel of one of America’s most attractive metropolitan areas . Although there are those in town who would like to take credit for this status, it is actually owed to a fabulous natural setting that is the work of God or nature, depending on your view.”
Most of us agree that we live in a fabulous natural setting. We do not presume to have created it. However, we have spent time and treasure in protecting and preserving it.
In September 1971 the city council adopted an ordinance to permit up to 50 buildings 140 feet high downtown and east to the Arapahoe and Crossroads Shopping Centers ! However, the citizens had already gathered enough signatures to put the 55-foot charter amendment on the November ballot. And the rest is history.