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.
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The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) is an agreement that guides land use in the Boulder County area that surrounds the city of Boulder (about 12,000 residents and 44,000 acres of land) and within the city (about 104,000 residents and 16,000 acres). Recent comments from several Boulder City Council members indicate some frustration with implementation of the BVCP using a process called “four-body review.” Under these time-honored and effective procedures, some BVCP changes of policy and land-use designation must be approved by majority votes of the four bodies with expertise in land-use decisions: City Council, Planning Board, county commissioners, and county Planning Commission.As former members and chairs of the county Planning Commission (both of us) and the city Planning Board (one of us), we believe we have a thorough understanding of BVCP processes. The four-body approval process ensures both responsiveness to the electoral process (all those formally involved in the approval process are either elected or appointed by elected officials) and long-term stability necessary for BVCP implementation, providing residents and local government a clear indication of how their neighborhoods and lands are to be managed in the coming years. Because of the BVCP’s important role in coordinating city and county actions and decisions, representing the interests of both city and county residents, and its generally acknowledged success over the past four decades, changes to the process by which the BVCP is adopted should be considered only with great care.
Read More: John Gerstle and Pat Shanks: Don’t compromise the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan – Boulder Daily Camera
CU Boulder Welcomes another record setting freshman class
This is NOT good news for Boulder! We’re already suffering from a staggering affordable housing crisis with 60,000+ daily in-commuters, more jobs than residents, and exponentially-increasing housing costs. The median cost of a single-family residence in Boulder is now around $1 million and continually rising. How many CU faculty and staff can afford to live in Boulder with this kind of housing costs do you suppose? Very few. If the CU Boulder campus enrollment continues to increase annually at 2.9 percent as it reportedly did from 2015 to 2016, the number of students will increase from 32,220 to 64,440 in just 24 years! And that’s assuming that the rate of increase stays the same and doesn’t increase over that time period. Read more on Facebook:
This article has been submitted to the Daily Camera as a Guest Opinion, but the Daily Camera has so far refused to publish it.
A Boulder pro-growth advocate regularly tweets, “If you love your City, you should build more of it.”
That’s like saying, “If you love your 15 children, have 15 more. If you love candy bars, eat hundreds.”
Analogies aside, the tweeter’s perspective seems at odds with the reality of our finite world and ecosystem. My field was science. Science everywhere confirms finite limits of: resources, amount of carbon our atmosphere can handle, and the population a bioregion can sustain.
The tweeter’s attitude reminds me of the anti-science fringe wing of Congress, which doesn’t accept science or facts. More disturbingly, Boulder government demonstrates a similar disregard for facts and limits. Our City government refuses to say how many more people they plan to draw to Boulder. The “silence from the top,” is deafening.
No wonder citizens are uneasy. We look to our civic leaders, but hear only the policy equivalent of “More, more, more!” Continue reading “Stacey Goldfarb: Boulder Government, Wake Up!”