City Council is now executing a land grab by proposing the elimination of the four-party review-and-approval requirement for Area II land use.This is not a small change when City Council may allow itself to change Area III territory to Area II. Compromises proposed lead to the same loss of power for two of the four current partners, giving all voting rights to City Council and the city Planning Board. The county is pushed aside. Do we smile and say welcome to the wild, wild west, citified?
Several Boulder County Planning Commission members objected Wednesday to the possibility that they might lose their current ability to approve or reject proposed changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.
During a joint Wednesday afternoon discussion of comprehensive plan issues with the Board of County Commissioners and city and county planning staffs, Planning Commissioner Sam Fitch argued for retaining the four-party review-and-approval requirement.
That’s “really important,” Fitch said. “Land-use mistakes are very hard to reverse.”
A Boulder City Council majority has emerged in favor of removing the county commissioners and county planning commissioners from their present decision-making roles about proposed changes in Area II.
I’m glad Steve Pomerance wrote his column, “Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” (Daily Camera, March 26). He expressed my fears quite eloquently.
Will the current City Council never cease with their Build-Build-Build philosophy? Now they want to dissolve an agreement with the county so they can continue their plowing up of unoccupied lands unabated. They make a great show of soliciting citizen input, but unfortunately, they never listen.
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.
Much of what has made Boulder such a great place to live has been the work of people half a century ago. These people recognized what I call the “ratchet effect,” that bad development decisions cannot be undone, so policies needed to be put in place to prevent, or at least limit, the damage that a growth-at-all-costs majority of the council could do.
So we’re looking at growth for growth’s sake, maximum profits for developers, and no constraints on the council. This is not the Boulder that so many citizens have put their hearts and souls into, trying to keep this unique place special, that’s for sure.
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.
In January, a panel of visiting urban design and development experts published a report envisioning what the industrial zone around Arapahoe Avenue and 55th Street could look like under very different circumstances. The panelists, working for the Urban Land Institute and commissioned by the Boulder Chamber and the Boulder Area Realtors Association, devised a plan for a new “East Edge” of the city that felt like more of a “special place” than it currently does. Focusing on the 55th Street corridor from Arapahoe to Pearl Parkway, the advisory panel recommended introducing housing in several formats and at varied price levels. …
The panelists recommended exploring buildings above Boulder’s 55-foot height limit, and as high as 90 feet tall, as a way to accommodate extra office space and some of the up to 2,400 dwelling units they considered for the area.