Donna Pyle: Retain four-body review

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.

Source: Donna Pyle: Retain four-body review – Boulder Daily Camera

Deb Grojean: Planning Board appointments were a Tuesday night massacre

The partisan, polarizing politics of City Council’s pro-growth majority at the March 21 meeting was stupefying. Consider:

1. John Gerstle has been an exemplary, moderate voice on Planning Board. His board peers voted him chairman. Under his steady, statesmanlike leadership, the board had become more courteous, professional, and balanced.

Read More: Deb Grojean: Planning Board appointments were a Tuesday night massacre – Boulder Daily Camera

Steve Lekson: Risking our town’s future

We trust our City Council to be stewards, doing good for Boulder today and for the future. The coup of March 21, ousting moderates and packing our Planning Board with pro-development boosters, risks our town’s future.

Source: Steve Lekson: Risking our town’s future – Boulder Daily Camera

Steve Pomerance: Is this the end of Boulder as we know it? – Boulder Daily Camera

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.

Full Story: Steve Pomerance: Is this the end of Boulder as we know it? – Boulder Daily Camera

Mireille Key: See you council members at the ballot box

To Jan Burton and Andrew Shoemaker, two of the City Council members who summarily dismissed John Gerstle from the Planning Board and who are up for reelection this fall, the broad swath of Boulder voters who are in favor of slow growth will see you at the ballot boxes.

Source: Mireille Key: See you council members at the ballot box – Boulder Daily Camera

Peter Mayer: ‘Build, baby, build’

Boulder City Council’s new mantra is clearly “Build, baby, build.” Is this what you voted for, Boulder?

John Gerstle, the chair of the Boulder Planning Board was ousted in a 5-4 vote of the City Council. He served for just three years and tradition would hold that Mr. Gerstle, a lifelong Boulder resident and MIT graduate, would be granted another term, but he was apparently not pro-development enough for our current council, so they appointed two reliably pro-growth applicants instead via 5-4 votes. This is a terribly divisive and disrespectful move.

John Gerstle was exactly the kind of person we need on the Boulder Planning Board and I thank him for his years of service to our city. I am outraged by the shabby treatment and disrespect shown by the council majority to Mr. Gerstle.

Once upon a time Boulder valued “slow, managed growth,” but we have a strident new chant coming from council chambers these days.

Source: Peter Mayer: ‘Build, baby, build’ – Boulder Daily Camera

Jeff Flynn: Councilman Brockett’s false premise on planning

The Daily Camera reported (“Candidates interview for key spots,” March 15) that Councilman Aaron Brockett posed the following question to Planning Board applicants on Tuesday: “Should (development) be accelerated to address issues around housing, sustainability and transportation, or slowed so as not to exacerbate existing resource shortages and promote a shift away from the essential character of Boulder as a small city with low-rise buildings and zoning that in most spots calls for low density?

“In “theory,” this sounds like a fair question. But at its core, it’s a question based on totally false premises.

Read More: Jeff Flynn: Councilman Brockett’s false premise on planning – Boulder Daily Camera