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.

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Ari Rubin: Expecting more from city government

On April 28, 2016, the southeast Boulder neighborhood participated in a meeting regarding the proposed zoning change of Hogan-Pancost….the developer, who had not fared well during his presentation, pulled his request. He patiently waited, and waited.

Finally, a year later, his patience paid off. On March 21, 2017, City Council offered pro-growth real estate attorney Peter Vitale a seat on Planning Board. Low and behold, a new meeting regarding the proposed zoning change was announced to be held on May 4, 2017, shortly after appointment…

On April 25, it was announced that … Peter Vitale would not be able to make the Planning Board meeting of May 4. Because of this, city staff made the decision to take the proposed zoning change of Hogan-Pancost off the May 4 agenda.

Although this is all very legal, it is also very wrong. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said: “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do, and what is right to do.”

Will one of our leaders stand up and do what is right? The citizens of Boulder both expect and deserve so much more from our government.

Full Story: Ari Rubin: Expecting more from city government – Boulder Daily Camera

Barbara Kantor: A city land grab

City Council is now executing a land grab by proposing the elimination of the four-party review-and-approval requirement for Area II land use.This is not a small change when City Council may allow itself to change Area III territory to Area II. Compromises proposed lead to the same loss of power for two of the four current partners, giving all voting rights to City Council and the city Planning Board. The county is pushed aside. Do we smile and say welcome to the wild, wild west, citified?

Source: Barbara Kantor: A city land grab – Boulder Daily Camera

Several Boulder County planning panelists resist yielding role in land-use decisions – Boulder Daily Camera

Several Boulder County Planning Commission members objected Wednesday to the possibility that they might lose their current ability to approve or reject proposed changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.

During a joint Wednesday afternoon discussion of comprehensive plan issues with the Board of County Commissioners and city and county planning staffs, Planning Commissioner Sam Fitch argued for retaining the four-party review-and-approval requirement.

That’s “really important,” Fitch said. “Land-use mistakes are very hard to reverse.”

A Boulder City Council majority has emerged in favor of removing the county commissioners and county planning commissioners from their present decision-making roles about proposed changes in Area II.

Source: Several Boulder County planning panelists resist yielding role in land-use decisions – Boulder Daily Camera

Donna Pyle: Retain four-body review

I’m glad Steve Pomerance wrote his column, “Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” (Daily Camera, March 26). He expressed my fears quite eloquently.

Will the current City Council never cease with their Build-Build-Build philosophy? Now they want to dissolve an agreement with the county so they can continue their plowing up of unoccupied lands unabated. They make a great show of soliciting citizen input, but unfortunately, they never listen.

Source: Donna Pyle: Retain four-body review – Boulder Daily Camera

John Putnam succeeds John Gerstle as chair of Boulder Planning Board – Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder Planning Board on Thursday night unanimously elected John Putnam to replace John Gerstle as board chair.

Bryan Bowen, who chaired the Planning Board prior to Gerstle, said he resented the implication by some that the board might be a venue in which to play politics.He said he didn’t feel the board would change much with Peter Vitale and David Ensign replacing Gerstle and May, who did not seek another term after his expired.

Read More: John Putnam succeeds John Gerstle as chair of Boulder Planning Board – Boulder Daily Camera

Suzanne De Lucia: Why I’m leaving Boulder Chamber

My business has been a member of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce since 1993. However, I will not be renewing my membership this year. While this may sound strange for a strong supporter of the business community, please hear me out. The Chamber has been very active in local politics lately. As seems to be the theme in politics of late, they are in a rush to ram their agenda forward and worry about the consequences later.

Read More: Suzanne De Lucia: Why I’m leaving Boulder Chamber – Boulder Daily Camera