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Boulder homeowners, you’re getting the bum’s rush and being thrown out of due process on rezoning. City Council is the bum rusher, pushing a co-op ordinance that’s a major de facto up-zoning without calling it a zoning change. Under the guise of compassion, they’re siding with pro co-op blamers who call you a NIMBY if you object. They’re enabling self-described YIMBYs and developers who preach “yes” to degrading your invaluable quiet and privacy and parading their self-righteousness about it.
[Editor’s Note: A slightly different version of this editorial was sent as a letter to the Boulder City Council and published here at BNA as: A Different Frame for Co-op Debate]
The yearlong community conversation about how Boulder should regulate co-operative housing has focused largely on the question of whether those who seek this lifestyle option are good neighbors. … But during last week’s nearly 100-speaker hearing, … many who oppose the ordinance said they aren’t interested in dissecting the merits of co-ops. Instead, opponents focused their arguments on the threat they believe co-ops impose on low-density residential neighborhoods …
“I have no doubt co-ops are great. They shovel walks. They make pies,” said Beth Helgans, who lives in the Whitter neighborhood. “My family’s great, too, and we chose purposely to live in a low-density zone.”
Helgans said that “high-density, democratic” co-ops are “completely in contrast to my low-density lifestyle.”
Mike Marsh of Martin Acres called the ordinance a “sneak attack” by the city on residents who bought homes in single-family neighborhoods with the expectation that those areas would preserve low-density living without exception.