In it, they basically sell out the residents and taxpayers of Boulder in favor of their respective special interest groups – claiming a “reasonable compromise” was reached. One problem with their approach is that the biggest stakeholder in this discussion – the citizens of Boulder – did not have a seat at the table. Continue reading “Selling out Boulder’s taxpayers”
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.…
On Oct. 16, the Daily Camera published a guest opinion by council member Jan Burton (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options”). It was clearly the first shot across the bow to radically change the supposedly “outdated” zoning of our neighborhoods. … Ms. Burton insulted those of us who love our neighborhoods by saying that the days of “Leave it to Beaver” are over.
“With Boulder fee changes, affordable housing still causing confusion” (Daily Camera, Sept. 1) should be disturbing to Boulder citizens on a number of levels. City staff has no cost/benefit analysis of development-related impact fees and excise taxes? Are you serious? What are we paying them for?
It contains this astonishing quote from one of the biggest developers in town, Lou DellaCava:
“Look, I’m happy that there is a consciousness about housing in this community,” he said, “But why is it not being assessed on the citizens who already enjoy the privileges. Why is it not part of the property tax?“