The implicit theory of growth behind Boulder’s current expansion is that it can become a fast-growing commercial center and retain its residential quality of life at the same time. That idea is proving to be a fantasy, along with many of the other visionary positions of our local government.Now the City Council has voted overwhelmingly to insert co-op housing in virtually any zoning district in the city and is pushing density through such bizarre ideas as “density transfer.” The inadvisability and destructive quality of this pro-density and anti-neighborhood position has been ably described in dozens of letters to the Daily Camera, as well as in editorials by Leonard May, Steve Pomerance, Spense Havlick and others.The indisputable fact is that the unaffordable housing problem is being driven by the push for commercial expansion. As one letter write wrote prior to the 2015 election, “You can’t build your way to affordable housing” — as has been demonstrated in San Francisco and Aspen. Boulder has fallen behind the wisdom of Palo Alto and other cities, which now understands this fallacy well. “Affordable” housing is really only more building, and not affordable at all. Indeed, much of the so-called affordable housing built in the city over the last two years opts out of the affordable housing requirement. Millions are being made, to a great extent by non-Boulder residents, by selling off beautiful downtown and neighborhood space.
Beginning June 1, 2017 prospective applicants will be able to download the applications online from the Applications and Forms Database or by obtaining a hard copy at 1739 Broadway on the third floor. Please search or ask for the “Administrative Review Application Form” and attachment document.
Read More: Co-Op Housing at bouldercolorado.gov
Chloe Pachovas’ May 11 letter suggested that ultra high occupancy co-ops are necessary for there to be artists and innovators in Boulder. Actually, Boulder’s low-density neighborhoods are filled with artists and innovators who abide by the zoning regulations. If Pachovas attended an “Open Studios” tour, she might be surprised at the number of participating artists in low-density neighborhoods.
Recent actions by the City Council re: the Pearl Street Mall are so absurd that I thought I was reading the April 1 edition of The Onion. For starters, the council’s “emergency” action is no different than one of Trump’s executive actions, which I am certain at least seven of the council abhor as being undemocratic.
… the council suggests that the reason the locals aren’t using the mall as much as we once did must be because of the huge number of banks and other non-local shops. Of course it couldn’t be because the city has allowed behemoth buildings to shade the mall in the winter and block the view year-round, forced Wednesday music lovers to drink a sinful beer inside a chain link lock-up, made smoking or even carrying a small dog or cat illegal, or allowed the homeless population to turn some areas into day/night camps. No, it must be those damn banks! …
From the Boulder City Council Hotline, Feb 3 2017. From Mary Young
Sender: Young, Mary
Hello Colleagues on council and planning board as well as hotline subscribers, Deb Gardner and I both serve on the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District board of directors. After yesterday’s meeting we approached Ken MacKenzie, the executive director with some clarifying questions about CU south. Below is their response along with contacts regarding a potential BVCP groundwater policy. Thank you.
Mary Dolores Young
Boulder City Council