Al Bates: What to name high-density housing

Will Toor made an impassioned plea for higher-density housing in a Sunday op-ed (“Time for Boulder to step up on housing,” Daily Camera, April 2). In particular he wants to override height limitations. He further suggested high-density housing in industrial areas and the 28th-30th corridors.

I agree that we should build some massive structures along 30th. The larger the better. Since it was suggested in the op-ed that such efforts would have a positive impact on the climate, we should be sure to put the word green in the project’s name.

I suggest Cabrini Green.

Source: Al Bates: What to name high-density housing – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder County History: ’71 election unseated incumbents, brought height limit – Boulder Daily Camera

In 1971, five Boulder City Council seats were up for grabs. In a field of 22 candidates, attorney Penfield Tate II became Boulder’s first African-American city council member…The old guard was shocked.

Incumbents Homer Ball, Tom Waugh, Harvey Platts and James Bowers were unseated…

Ballot measures in 1971 included Plan-Boulder County’s controversial grass roots campaign for a 55-foot height limit for new buildings.

Could ’17 be ’71 all over again?

Full Story: Boulder County History: ’71 election unseated incumbents, brought height limit – 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

Paul Katz: Make height limit permanent

The height moratorium should be made permanent not just extended 15 months.

I read the guest opinion urging the end to the moratorium for height limits in Boulder and I can’t help but think that the people behind this ill-conceived idea are if successful going to “get in” then “get out with their profits” leaving the permanent residents with a cookie-cutter downtown area that looks like every other small city in America with little or no view of the mountains that makes us special.

I ask the City Council to make the moratorium a permanent restriction and further eliminate the possibility for exceptions. As an attorney I am convinced that exceptions breed other exceptions as people inevitably say “you let him to do it why not me?”

Cut it off. Stop it now. Let the developers find another place to destroy.

Source: Paul Katz: Make height limit permanent – Boulder Daily Camera

Michael C. Deragisch: We should be silent no more on Boulder growth 

I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with John Tayer, Dan Powers, and Sue Prant, three of the people who signed the guest opinion “Let building height moratorium lapse” (Daily Camera, March 5). These are all fine people, and I share their view on some transportation issues concerning our fine city of Boulder.

However, concerning the issue of density and building height I could not disagree more. Now is the time to hold firm to the height moratorium, as it is for the Blue line — and we should also hold firm in our commitment to open space. Having lived in Boulder for only 40 years, I still hold tight to the reasons I came to adopt Boulder as my home town — open space, beautiful vistas, and a smaller town feel. If I had wanted to live in a big city I would have moved to Denver.

Source: Michael C. Deragisch: We should be silent no more on Boulder growth – Boulder Daily Camera

Janice Harvey: Stop the ratchet effect of tall buildings

In reading the Sunday edition of the Daily Camera, I was struck by the similarity in the message behind two important issues in the newspaper. One was the ratchet effect, explained by Alexander Lee as successive compromises in dealing with the development of our natural spaces, resulting in the irreversible loss of those precious natural spaces over time. The same ratchet effect is being seen in Boulder with the successive compromises with developers concerning the height limitations imposed on developers in Boulder. Such compromises are leading to the irreversible loss of the views of our iconic foothills and Flatirons, the loss of quality of life, and the walkable and welcoming feel of Boulder. We are experiencing the ratchet effect due to changes in the height limitations since the original charter amendment in 1971, resulting in irreversible changes in Boulder. The City Council took a step toward stopping the progress of successive compromises resulting in the ratchet effect, and reevaluating the kinds of developments allowed, by voting to continue restrictions on building heights in Boulder.

Source: Janice Harvey: Stop the ratchet effect of tall buildings – Boulder Daily Camera

Building Height Moratorium extended until July 2018

At the March 7th 2017 City Council meeting, the Boulder City Council voted to extend the city’s temporary moratorium on buildings taller than 35 feet for another 15 months, until July 19, 2018.

Thanks to over 30 people who came to speak in person, plus hundreds of emails, the Council decided not to cave in to extreme pressure from the Chamber of Commerce and mega-growth lobbyists like Better Boulder to let the moratorium expire now.

Council also disregarded the opinions of 71% of Boulder citizens who were in favor of making the moratorium permanent, according to a recent survey conducted by the city staff (see page 16), and instead approved only a temporary extension of the moratorium.

At least they’ve extended it beyond this year’s City Council elections. So there’s a chance this fall to elect some new council members who might actually pay attention to their citizens’ input.

Daily Camera’s story: Boulder extends height-limit ordinance for 15 months: Boulder Daily Camera

Read some of the email sent to Planning Board and City Council: Emails Regarding Agenda Item 5B – Building Height Regulations

Watch the Building Height Discussion from the 3/7/17 Council Meeting: