Tuesday Night Massacre: The End of Boulder as we know it

On the night of Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, Boulder’s City Council packed the city Planning Board with pro-growth members, a move that will radically increase the pace of growth and densification in Boulder for years to come. Many citizens have expressed their opinions that this could be the end of Boulder as we know it. 

Please Note: The views and opinions expressed in the following articles are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Boulder Neighborhood Alliance.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hollie Rogin: Boulder’s future: who decides?  This year, 118 of your neighbors carefully filled out extensive written boards and commissions applications. I applied for Landmarks and Planning Boards in 2016 and Planning Board in 2017. As applicants, we made ourselves available for group interviews. Many of us also met one-on-one with City Council members. Council filled vacancies at their March meeting, ...
  • Rob Smoke: A strange rationale for a board appointment I recently observed the Boulder City Council session where appointments were made to the Planning Board. For one of the appointments, Bob Yates offered the following endorsement to one of the two highly pro-development candidates who were installed: “I know that he has…two children.” He didn’t simply say “I’ve met his family,” he instead said “I ...
  • Nancy Haney: Lately things feel out of control I do not often agree with Steve Pomerance writings. However his writing on March 26 spoke loudly to me.As a 40+ year resident of Boulder, I have been interested, then alarmed at the changes of late. Since my business has been closely related to growth, I have benefited from the growth in the past. Lately ...
  • Jim Faller: End of Boulder as we know it? Yes. The answer to Steve Pomerance’s March 26 column, “Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” is “Yes. Source: Jim Faller: End of Boulder as we know it? Yes. – Boulder Daily Camera
  • Jim Martin: Beauty of Boulder Valley has been its undoing – Boulder Daily Camera “Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” Steve Pomerance asked in his March 26 opinion column in the Daily Camera. I can answer that: Yes, the old Boulder is dead, with recent developments delivering the final blows. This is greatly distressing to me, someone that has lived here since 1961 and who ...
  • Paul Danish: Is this the end of Boulder as we know it? Yep Former Boulder City Councilman Steve Pomerance had an op-ed piece in the Daily Camera last Sunday that appeared under the headline “Is this the end of Boulder as we know it?” The brief answer to the question is yes, and for the reasons Pomerance marshals. Pomerance’s thesis is that the basic charter amendments, ordinances and resolutions ...
  • Deb Grojean: Planning Board appointments were a Tuesday night massacre The partisan, polarizing politics of City Council’s pro-growth majority at the March 21 meeting was stupefying. Consider: 1. John Gerstle has been an exemplary, moderate voice on Planning Board. His board peers voted him chairman. Under his steady, statesmanlike leadership, the board had become more courteous, professional, and balanced. … Read More: Deb Grojean: Planning Board appointments were ...
  • Steve Lekson: Risking our town’s future We trust our City Council to be stewards, doing good for Boulder today and for the future. The coup of March 21, ousting moderates and packing our Planning Board with pro-development boosters, risks our town’s future. Source: Steve Lekson: Risking our town’s future – Boulder Daily Camera
  • Steve Pomerance: Is this the end of Boulder as we know it? – Boulder Daily Camera Much of what has made Boulder such a great place to live has been the work of people half a century ago. These people recognized what I call the “ratchet effect,” that bad development decisions cannot be undone, so policies needed to be put in place to prevent, or at least limit, the damage that ...
  • Ellie Sciarra: John Gerstle will be missed on Planning Board I read with deep dismay at the two choices for the Planning Board Commission — David Ensign and Peter Vitale. Peter Vitale supports giving developers bonuses (really?) for building affordable housing and a gondola in West Boulder. Wow! Maybe Vitale ought to take a field trip to the Pikes Peak Gondola near Colorado Springs to ...
  • Miriam Paisner: Beauty of our city being destroyed it occurs to me that Boulder has become and increasingly so, another Beverly Hills, or Denver center or New York City. The City Council has allowed extreme growth in all the new apartment houses and hotels that are being built or just finished being built. The stress this puts on our once beautiful town is horrible: ...
  • Mireille Key: See you council members at the ballot box To Jan Burton and Andrew Shoemaker, two of the City Council members who summarily dismissed John Gerstle from the Planning Board and who are up for reelection this fall, the broad swath of Boulder voters who are in favor of slow growth will see you at the ballot boxes. Source: Mireille Key: See you council members ...
  • Peter Mayer: ‘Build, baby, build’ Boulder City Council’s new mantra is clearly “Build, baby, build.” Is this what you voted for, Boulder? John Gerstle, the chair of the Boulder Planning Board was ousted in a 5-4 vote of the City Council. He served for just three years and tradition would hold that Mr. Gerstle, a lifelong Boulder resident and MIT graduate, ...
  • Ex-Planning Board chair responds to controversial Boulder council vote – Boulder Daily Camera John Gerstle, the former Planning Board chairman, said he was “a bit disappointed” by the City Council’s decision Tuesday not to reappoint him to the board.” But the city goes on,” he said. “And the council was within its full rights to do what it did, so you just have to accept it.” … Gerstle said the ...
  • Split Boulder council shakes up and redirects city Planning Board – Boulder Daily Camera In a decision that could have a profound impact on growth and development policy in Boulder, the City Council bucked tradition on Tuesday by declining to reappoint the Planning Board’s incumbent chair. The board, which is influential in shaping Boulder’s future because it rules on development proposals and holds veto power on certain land-use issues, ...
  • Jeff Flynn: Councilman Brockett’s false premise on planning The Daily Camera reported (“Candidates interview for key spots,” March 15) that Councilman Aaron Brockett posed the following question to Planning Board applicants on Tuesday: “Should (development) be accelerated to address issues around housing, sustainability and transportation, or slowed so as not to exacerbate existing resource shortages and promote a shift away from the essential ...
  • Surplus of Boulder Planning Board candidates interview for two key spots On Tuesday night, the City Council interviewed the 14 people vying for two open seats on the board. Next to the council, the Planning Board is Boulder’s most influential citizen body, presiding over development proposals and helping to set land-use and design rules. But the last time there was an opening on the board, only four ...