In an 8-1 vote in which Bob Yates represented the lone voice of dissent, the Boulder City Council on Tuesday night decided that the city’s two-year moratorium on taller buildings, which expires in April, should be extended until July 19, 2018.
The 2015 ordinance that halted for two years consideration of tall buildings in most of Boulder is set to expire in a few weeks, and the community is watching closely as the City Council weighs whether to extend it, and for how long. On Tuesday night, the council will hold a public hearing on the matter…
One ordinance up for consideration, and recommended by city staff, would indefinitely extend the two-year moratorium approved in 2015 and expiring April 19…
A recent city survey showed that 71 percent of respondents are opposed to developers building up to or beyond 55 feet in parts of the city that aren’t already exempted from the ordinance, and many in Boulder have contacted officials in recent weeks to voice support for an ordinance extension…
The Boulder City Council passed on first reading a pair of extensions on the city’s building-height moratorium, and will consider adopting one of them next month. One of the ordinances passed would make the moratorium effective indefinitely, which city staff recommends the council pass. The other would extend it for 18 months, as recommended by the Planning Board at its meeting last week.
The Boulder Planning Board on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council extend by 18 months the expiration date on a city ordinance that limits the areas of the city and circumstances under which a person can ask for an exemption on building heights against a staff recommendation that the date be done away with.
PLAN Boulder County proposes that 100 percent of new housing units created on land annexed into the city be permanently affordable with 50 percent of those units permanently affordable low-income housing, and 50 percent permanently affordable moderate-income housing.
Thanks to Alex Burness for covering the City Council-Planning Board session in “Boulder weighs tall buildings” (Daily Camera, Jan. 25) explaining that the council is weighing whether to end the moratorium that limits tall buildings to eight specific locations in Boulder and Gunbarrel.
This is clearly an issue that Boulderites care about. As staff showed at the meeting, the recent city survey showed that 71 percent of participants were opposed to allowing buildings taller than three stories (up to 55 feet) in additional locations in the city. Citizen comments included: “I have lived in a large city for much of my life. One of the reasons I chose to move to Boulder was its abundant natural beauty and smaller scale.” to “Leave the views!” and “The height of the new Daily Camera building is a travesty.” (This is the “Pearl West” building at 11th and Pearl.)
I thought that, in addition to Alex’s quotes from various council members, readers should know how they actually voted: Council member Bob Yates was the only one who voted to end the moratorium and move forward with allowing taller buildings in additional locations around the city. Council members Burton, Appelbaum, Brockett and Shoemaker were unsure about whether to do that. And council members Jones, Morzel, Weaver and Young were the only ones in tune with the 71 percent of the citizens and supported keeping the current policy that limits tall buildings.
The Boulder City Council and the Boulder Planning Board held a joint study session on January 24th, 2017. Topic of discussion: the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP)
Here’s the staff presentation: Presentation for PB and CC on Jan 24 2017
And here’s the video of the session:
Read the Daily Camera’s biased “reporting” on one aspect of this session: Boulder weighs what to do when moratorium on tall buildings expires