Boulder City Council candidate profiles: Meet the 14 people running for office in 2017

Daily Camera reporter Alex Burness sat down with each of the 14 people running for five open seats on the Boulder City Council this fall, and has written profiles of each candidate that explore why they’re running and what they’d like to accomplish if elected (or re-elected).

Source: Boulder City Council candidate profiles: Meet the 14 people running for office in 2017 – Boulder Daily Camera

Foes of Hogan-Pancost plans in Boulder complain of hearing’s clash with vacations – Boulder Daily Camera

A public hearing on the concept plan for annexation and development of the Hogan-Pancost parcel, delayed in May at the developer’s request, will take place Thursday before the Boulder Planning Board.

But it might have been delayed one more time, had a citizens group opposing the plan gotten its way.T

The Southeast Boulder Neighborhood Association, a group primarily concerned with … development at Hogan-Pancost, believes the hearing should be held in September and not in mid-summer, when many are out of town.

“A lot of people are on vacation,” said Suzanne de Lucia, president of the group, which refers to itself as SEBNA, and which has worked with other groups such as the Boulder Neighborhood Association and the Twin Lakes Action Group.

Source: Foes of Hogan-Pancost plans in Boulder complain of hearing’s clash with vacations – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Planning Board produces expected outcome: approves housing for homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St.

Boulder Planning Board produces the result they were expected to produce: they approved housing for young homeless adults at 1440 Pine St.

After 18 months of community debate — often unusually heated, even by Boulder’s standards — the city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a proposal to build housing for homeless young adults in a new downtown facility.

The board voted 6-1, with member Crystal Gray representing the lone voice of dissent.

Read the Full Story at the Daily Camerahttp://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_31025612/boulder-board-approves-housing-homeless-at-1440-pine

Important Meeting Tonight: BVCP Update

Important Public Hearing Tonight (May 23 2017):

Where: City Council Chambers of the municipal Building at 1777 Broadway,

When: 5/23/17 starting at 6:00 p.m. (you can sign up to speak between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.) Continue reading “Important Meeting Tonight: BVCP Update”

Bill Kellogg: Is city planning data-based, or social engineering?

I attended two city-sponsored planning sessions recently and have been thinking of them since. I thank the planners for involving the public as they continue their social engineering for the city…

Why do planners want to destroy what works? I am afraid it is brought to us by the same people who introduced last year’s Folsom debacle. Bicycles have their best path in Boulder one block south of Canyon. It runs east-west for miles. Why add bicycles to the well traveled Boulevard? … Spending money to create spaces where people will do what planners think they should do — bike, walk — and not what people do do — drive — is expensive and counter-productive. Leave what works alone unless there is extensive data to support minor corrections…

Full Story: Bill Kellogg: Is city planning data-based, or social engineering? – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder to host open house about various downtown, University Hill projects – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder is hosting an open house on Wednesday to update the public on and gather input about projects occurring along the central stretch of Broadway as well as numerous projects on University Hill and the city’s Civic Area… The open house takes place at the North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More: Boulder to host open house about various downtown, University Hill projects – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder City Council to limit open comment at meetings, pick speakers by lottery – Boulder Daily Camera

The previously endless open comment period at the onset of Boulder City Council meetings soon will be limited to 20 speakers who will be selected at random.

Council members formalized the plan during a study session Tuesday night that followed a much longer discussion at the group’s January retreat regarding various strategies for cutting down the length of meetings that regularly run up to or beyond midnight.

Citizens will not be limited in their ability to address the council during public hearings, and will now see expanded ability to give input on call-ups — development proposals that the council seeks to intervene on — deemed potentially controversial.

However, the open comment period at the beginning of each council meeting, during which members of the public can address their elected representatives on any items other than those already being addressed by public hearing, will be significantly curtailed.

Some council members also were uncomfortable with a trend that has seen especially heated public hearings preceded by parties in the Municipal Building below the meeting chambers. Ahead of recent hearings on co-op housing, for instance, dozens gathered for pizza — a sort of occupation that the council felt might make uncomfortable those with views differing from those packing the building lobby before proceedings begin. “That gauntlet downstairs recently has become challenging for some people,” Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker said.

Source: Boulder City Council to limit open comment at meetings, pick speakers by lottery – Boulder Daily Camera