John Tayer, president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber and Betsey Martens, executive director of Boulder Housing Partners, joined forces to write this guest opinion in the Daily Camera: John Tayer and Betsey Martens: Coming together for community – Boulder Daily Camera.
In it, they basically sell out the residents and taxpayers of Boulder in favor of their respective special interest groups – claiming a “reasonable compromise” was reached. One problem with their approach is that the biggest stakeholder in this discussion – the citizens of Boulder – did not have a seat at the table. Continue reading “Selling out Boulder’s taxpayers”
From PLAN-Boulder County:
Chris Meschuk, the City staff person who is coordinating the update of the City’s impact fees, and Steve Pomerance, former City council member and citizen expert on the costs of growth, discussed the City’s process to update its impact fees related to general fund services like libraries, parks and rec, police and fire, as well as the charges on new development for critical areas of transportation and affordable housing.…
NEW: City Council to hear public input on Linkage Fees, November 15th:
When: Tues., Nov. 15
What: City Council meeting to hear Public Input on establishing commercial impact fee rates.
Location: City Council chambers on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway (Southwest corner of Broadway and Canyon).
Time: Signup in person, between 6 and 7 PM, to speak to the item that will most likely come up at around 7:30 PM or thereafter.
Let us know if you plan to attend: SIGN UP HERE
This Daily Camera article about affordable housing linkage fees quotes a long-time Boulder developer saying:
“…Why is it (the cost of affordable housing) not being assessed on the citizens who already enjoy the privileges (of living in Boulder)? Why is it not part of the property tax?”
On Oct. 16, the Daily Camera published a guest opinion by council member Jan Burton (“Changing world requires fresh look at housing options”). It was clearly the first shot across the bow to radically change the supposedly “outdated” zoning of our neighborhoods. … Ms. Burton insulted those of us who love our neighborhoods by saying that the days of “Leave it to Beaver” are over.
“With Boulder fee changes, affordable housing still causing confusion” (Daily Camera, Sept. 1) should be disturbing to Boulder citizens on a number of levels. City staff has no cost/benefit analysis of development-related impact fees and excise taxes? Are you serious? What are we paying them for?
This story was published in the Daily Camera on August 21, 2016:
It contains this astonishing quote from one of the biggest developers in town, Lou DellaCava:
“Look, I’m happy that there is a consciousness about housing in this community,” he said, “But why is it not being assessed on the citizens who already enjoy the privileges. Why is it not part of the property tax?“
The article addresses affordable housing fees (linkage fees) that are charged to commercial office space developers. The idea is that their new commercial office developments bring more companies, employers, and their workers, to Boulder. Continue reading “Commercial fees could triple as Boulder pursues the affordable house “