Chris Meschuk, the City staff person who is coordinating the update of the City’s impact fees, and Steve Pomerance, former City council member and citizen expert on the costs of growth, discussed the City’s process to update its impact fees related to general fund services like libraries, parks and rec, police and fire, as well as the charges on new development for critical areas of transportation and affordable housing.…
The Oct. 26 Camera front-page article “City seeks big, varied housing development” describes plans for a planned 194-unit development at 30th and Pearl Streets.This is in addition to the approved land-use change to build 29-67 units on Stanford Court, in our south Boulder single-family neighborhood.Plans to build multiple units into areas zoned for single families are also opposed by other neighbors at Bluebell and Martin Acres. A high-density expansion on open space is opposed by the Twin Lakes Action Group in the county. There seems to be a continual effort to add big, high-density buildings into residential neighborhoods in spite of strong opposition from the neighbors.
It is generally accepted that growth does not pay for itself. Our schools are bursting at the seams, traffic is out of control and Boulder’s quality of life is affected. We ask City Council to get an independent evaluation of the the impact of a development on neighborhoods before approving it.
Is Boulder polluting the world or is the world polluting Boulder?
After researching the Jan Burton opinion that Boulder has an F in air quality (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options,” Daily Camera, Oct. 16), it appears to be a selective opinion on interpreting the federal guideline on ozone that the EPA has arbitrarily raised recently. I found that Boulder’s higher readings on particulates the last two years are the result of the fires on the west coast. And that our higher ozone readings are the result of local colder, wetter weather caused by world climate change and pollution reaching us from as far as China. Continue reading “Sara Mitton: Jan Burton gets it wrong.”
We urge you to look at the co-op debate in a different frame. This is not a choice between your co-op idea and NIMBYs. Those of us who oppose co-ops because they will erode the joy of our homes and the stability of our neighborhoods cannot be dismissed as NIMBYs. We are ecosystems. We’re interlocking fingers of many hands. We are networks—long term relationships—with each other, with the love of our homes, with the city that we want to trust and with its dependable zoning laws, the real stabilizing force of any city. Continue reading “A Different Frame for Co-op Debate”
I am that rara avis, a low-income Boulder homeowner. The only reason I am here is that I bought a house over 40 years ago, and through old-fashioned manual labor, paid off two mortgages and years of escalating property-tax bills. Can you imagine how I feel when I hear that the city’s affordable housing policies involve taking properties off the tax rolls, compelling the other property owners make up the difference in revenue?
An open house to address early plans from the city and the University of Colorado toward annexation of the 300-acre land parcel known as CU Boulder South may signal harsh public resistance moving forward, as more than 150 residents crammed into St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Monday night to voice concerns with the project’s vision so far.