The 2015 ordinance that halted for two years consideration of tall buildings in most of Boulder is set to expire in a few weeks, and the community is watching closely as the City Council weighs whether to extend it, and for how long. On Tuesday night, the council will hold a public hearing on the matter…
One ordinance up for consideration, and recommended by city staff, would indefinitely extend the two-year moratorium approved in 2015 and expiring April 19…
Quality of life issue
A recent city survey showed that 71 percent of respondents are opposed to developers building up to or beyond 55 feet in parts of the city that aren’t already exempted from the ordinance, and many in Boulder have contacted officials in recent weeks to voice support for an ordinance extension…
Read More: Uncertainty looms with height limits back on table in Boulder – Boulder Daily Camera
The Boulder City Council passed on first reading a pair of extensions on the city’s building-height moratorium, and will consider adopting one of them next month. One of the ordinances passed would make the moratorium effective indefinitely, which city staff recommends the council pass. The other would extend it for 18 months, as recommended by the Planning Board at its meeting last week.
Read More: Boulder City Council leaves options open on tall building moratorium – Boulder Daily Camera
The Boulder Planning Board on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council extend by 18 months the expiration date on a city ordinance that limits the areas of the city and circumstances under which a person can ask for an exemption on building heights against a staff recommendation that the date be done away with.
Source: Boulder Planning Board recommends extending moratorium on tall buildings – Boulder Daily Camera
Thanks to Alex Burness for covering the City Council-Planning Board session in “Boulder weighs tall buildings” (Daily Camera, Jan. 25) explaining that the council is weighing whether to end the moratorium that limits tall buildings to eight specific locations in Boulder and Gunbarrel.
This is clearly an issue that Boulderites care about. As staff showed at the meeting, the recent city survey showed that 71 percent of participants were opposed to allowing buildings taller than three stories (up to 55 feet) in additional locations in the city. Citizen comments included: “I have lived in a large city for much of my life. One of the reasons I chose to move to Boulder was its abundant natural beauty and smaller scale.” to “Leave the views!” and “The height of the new Daily Camera building is a travesty.” (This is the “Pearl West” building at 11th and Pearl.)
I thought that, in addition to Alex’s quotes from various council members, readers should know how they actually voted: Council member Bob Yates was the only one who voted to end the moratorium and move forward with allowing taller buildings in additional locations around the city. Council members Burton, Appelbaum, Brockett and Shoemaker were unsure about whether to do that. And council members Jones, Morzel, Weaver and Young were the only ones in tune with the 71 percent of the citizens and supported keeping the current policy that limits tall buildings.
Source: Karen Hollweg: Height limit review – Boulder Daily Camera
It’s not clear what, exactly, the city will do in early April when the 2015 moratorium on taller buildings in many areas of Boulder expires. During a joint study session of the City Council and Planning Board on Tuesday night, the ordinance’s extension did not appear to be a sure thing. Only four of the nine council members supported extending the 2015 policy. Four others said they were unsure. Planning Board members were more strongly in favor, but also not settled as to how a potentially renewed ordinance would look.
Source: Boulder weighs what to do when moratorium on tall buildings expires – Boulder Daily Camera
On November 10, 2014 Ruth Wright spoke at a PLAN-Boulder County Forum on Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder. Ruth spoke at this PLAN-Boulder Forum as she was finishing a paper called Limiting Building Height: The Story of a Citizens Initiative to Preserve Mountain Vistas and a City’s Future. Her paper has been published in the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review, Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 2016…
Source: Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder | PBC
Boulder will not, after all, ask its voters in November to allow certain rooftops to exceed the city’s 55-foot height limit, the City Council decided late Tuesday night. But it’s possible, the council agreed, that such a measure could appear on the 2017 ballot.
Source: Boulder’s dream of rooftop deck at Ninth and Canyon may be fizzling – Boulder Daily Camera