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Jim Martin: Upcoming council race key to Boulder’s future – Boulder Daily Camera

The Nov. 7 election for the Boulder City Council will be one of the most important in the city’s history. There, I said it. Sound like hyperbole? Then consider this: The results will determine who will decide policy surrounding the extremely important planning issues of growth, housing and zoning/density — the NIMBYs (Not in My Backyard) or the YIMBYs (Yes in My Backyard).It’s going to be a very contentious race, based on candidates’ stands on these issues facing the city in the next few years.

Will new council members, YIMBYs, increase density and encourage the building of more housing to attract more people to move here and ease pressure on ever-climbing home costs? If we do increase density, will the housing supply ever keep pace with the demand in Boulder, which is becoming an even more desirable place to live because of its beauty and a rising high-tech presence?

Or will they, NIMBYs, leave density laws untouched? That would discourage, for example, the relaxing of the present regulation that limits the number of unrelated people that may live in one dwelling.

Source: Jim Martin: Upcoming council race key to Boulder’s future – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

In advancing a framework for the future of the CU South parcel, the Boulder City Council stressed a desire to study flood risk and mitigation on the site before solidifying annexation and development plans there.

On Tuesday night, after a long-awaited deliberation on the controversial property — 308 acres of University of Colorado-owned land in the southeast Boulder floodplain — the council voted 8-1 to approve a new land-use designation for CU South that allows for potential new development.

Over decades to come, the university hopes to build 1,125 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields and academic buildings on that acreage, and, for CU, the council’s vote represents the clearing of a significant hurdle to fulfillment of those ambitions.

Source: Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

Helen Majzler: CU South Campus and the case for nature – Boulder Daily Camera

This is the first time I’ve expressed my concern about the CU South Campus property. I have tried to keep an open mind about the needs of the… university especially for additional student and faculty housing. I have also supported the need for flood mitigation work on behalf of residents who have suffered from the 2013 flood. But, the overly ambitious plan for housing and academic building development seems totally out of character with this property.This is one of the last precious Boulder resources where nature and wildlife still thrive. You just have to look at Chautauqua to see what pressures humans have put on the natural world. There is just something wrong about taking away living space from the creatures that make up the natural world.

Source: Helen Majzler: CU South Campus and the case for nature – Boulder Daily Camera

Stanford Court plan for senior affordable housing delayed as developers rethink approach – Boulder Daily Camera

The review process for a proposed senior affordable housing project in south Boulder has been delayed, as developers consider a new arrangement with a slowed-down timeline.At 3485 Stanford Court, on the 5-acre site of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder Housing Partners and the local senior housing community Frasier have plans to build 45 one- and two-bedroom apartments — 100 percent of which would qualify as permanently affordable.

The project was set to go before the Boulder Planning Board for a public hearing and concept review on Thursday, but the applicants pulled out in order to reconsider a key aspect of the proposed deal.

What’s being rethought now is a detail in the plan that calls for Frasier to acquire the property from Mt. Calvary and have Boulder Housing Partners develop it. They would then lease space on-site back to the church for $1 per year for up to 15 years.

Source: Plan for south Boulder senior affordable housing delayed as developers rethink approach – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder looks to restore funding for anti-speeding projects in residential areas – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder transportation planners have presented a plan to change the process by which citizens can seek city-funded road treatments aimed at decreasing speeding in their neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Speed Management Program, as it has been titled, would see Boulder’s budget allot money for the first time in 14 years to street engineering, such as speed humps and roundabouts, in residential areas and on non-arterial roadways.

It would replace the existing Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation Program.

Full Story: Boulder looks to restore funding for anti-speeding projects in residential areas – Boulder Daily Camera

Shoemaker bows out of City Council race – Boulder Daily Camera

Citing a desire to devote more time to his family and his career in law, Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker said Monday that he will not be seeking re-election to the Boulder City Council this November.

Read More: Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Shoemaker says he won’t run again for Boulder City Council – Boulder Daily Camera

What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes – NYTimes.com

My husband and I share a 492-square-foot apartment in Cambridge, Mass. We inhabit a “micro apartment,” or what is sometimes called a tiny house. This label is usually proudly applied to dwellings under 500 square feet, according to Wikipedia. We are unwittingly on a very small bandwagon, part of a growing international movement. But deep inside the expensive custom closets and under the New Age Murphy beds, the pro-petite propaganda has hidden some unseemly truths about how the other half lives.

No one writes about the little white lies that help sell this new, very small American dream.

Here, on the inside, we have found small not so beautiful after all. Like the silent majority of other middling or poor urban dwellers in expensive cities, we are residents of tiny homes not by design, but because it is all our money can rent.

Read More: What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes – NYTimes.com