Boulder Planning Board recommends against annexation of Hogan-Pancost land – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder’s Planning Board voted 6-1 late Thursday to recommend the City Council deny a developer’s request to annex a 22-acre parcel of Boulder County land into the city limits for a proposed housing development.

Board Member Bryan Bowen cast the sole dissenting vote.

In addition to that recommendation, the board also voted 5-2 to send a group of “guiding principles” regarding development of the controversial Hogan-Pancost property to the council for its consideration.

Source: Boulder Planning Board recommends against annexation of Hogan-Pancost land – Boulder Daily Camera

Mark Wallach: Demand specifics, not platitudes, from council candidates

City Council election season is upon us and a boatload of candidates will be vying for your vote. I am not clairvoyant, but I can safely promise that they will all tell you that they favor diversity, inclusivity, affordable housing, resilience, preservation of neighborhoods, creation of walkable neighborhoods, open space is good, etc., etc. You will hear them at debates and meetings, and they will provide you with feel-good statements of intent with as few specifics as possible.

I call this candidate blather “Boulderspeak.”  The problem is that many voters have been complicit in this electoral dance, responding positively to expressions of purpose without detail, and making decisions based on superficial information, slogans and buzzwords. This is no way to select our leaders.

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Foes of Hogan-Pancost plans in Boulder complain of hearing’s clash with vacations – Boulder Daily Camera

A public hearing on the concept plan for annexation and development of the Hogan-Pancost parcel, delayed in May at the developer’s request, will take place Thursday before the Boulder Planning Board.

But it might have been delayed one more time, had a citizens group opposing the plan gotten its way.T

The Southeast Boulder Neighborhood Association, a group primarily concerned with … development at Hogan-Pancost, believes the hearing should be held in September and not in mid-summer, when many are out of town.

“A lot of people are on vacation,” said Suzanne de Lucia, president of the group, which refers to itself as SEBNA, and which has worked with other groups such as the Boulder Neighborhood Association and the Twin Lakes Action Group.

Source: Foes of Hogan-Pancost plans in Boulder complain of hearing’s clash with vacations – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

In advancing a framework for the future of the CU South parcel, the Boulder City Council stressed a desire to study flood risk and mitigation on the site before solidifying annexation and development plans there.

On Tuesday night, after a long-awaited deliberation on the controversial property — 308 acres of University of Colorado-owned land in the southeast Boulder floodplain — the council voted 8-1 to approve a new land-use designation for CU South that allows for potential new development.

Over decades to come, the university hopes to build 1,125 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields and academic buildings on that acreage, and, for CU, the council’s vote represents the clearing of a significant hurdle to fulfillment of those ambitions.

Source: Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

Helen Majzler: CU South Campus and the case for nature – Boulder Daily Camera

This is the first time I’ve expressed my concern about the CU South Campus property. I have tried to keep an open mind about the needs of the… university especially for additional student and faculty housing. I have also supported the need for flood mitigation work on behalf of residents who have suffered from the 2013 flood. But, the overly ambitious plan for housing and academic building development seems totally out of character with this property.This is one of the last precious Boulder resources where nature and wildlife still thrive. You just have to look at Chautauqua to see what pressures humans have put on the natural world. There is just something wrong about taking away living space from the creatures that make up the natural world.

Source: Helen Majzler: CU South Campus and the case for nature – Boulder Daily Camera

Stanford Court plan for senior affordable housing delayed as developers rethink approach – Boulder Daily Camera

The review process for a proposed senior affordable housing project in south Boulder has been delayed, as developers consider a new arrangement with a slowed-down timeline.At 3485 Stanford Court, on the 5-acre site of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder Housing Partners and the local senior housing community Frasier have plans to build 45 one- and two-bedroom apartments — 100 percent of which would qualify as permanently affordable.

The project was set to go before the Boulder Planning Board for a public hearing and concept review on Thursday, but the applicants pulled out in order to reconsider a key aspect of the proposed deal.

What’s being rethought now is a detail in the plan that calls for Frasier to acquire the property from Mt. Calvary and have Boulder Housing Partners develop it. They would then lease space on-site back to the church for $1 per year for up to 15 years.

Source: Plan for south Boulder senior affordable housing delayed as developers rethink approach – Boulder Daily Camera

Affordable Housing Strategy, Development, Diversity | PBC

The Problem:  

Boulder is the most expensive city in the region. With average single-family home prices near one million dollars, and many apartments renting for thousands of dollars a month, it is not affordable for most middle-, median- and low-income households. The City of Boulder has implemented a variety of affordable housing policies to address the issue, yet we continue to lose ground. Job growth continues to outpace residential growth causing upward pressure on housing prices, the local real estate market continues to skyrocket, and existing housing that is still relatively affordable is being redeveloped as high-end. If the current development trends continue, Boulder will be a place for mostly the very wealthy and a few lower income people in subsidized units.

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