Exemptions from the 55 Foot Height Limit

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In April 2016, City Council began consideration of a ballot proposal that would grant special exemptions to Boulder’s long-standing limit of 55 feet on all buildings.

In mid-July, it appears that they’ve tabled this idea, for now, due to the specifics of the St. Julien “civic pad” development project.  But it is still on their wish list for 2017.

 

Recent News and Blog Posts:
  • Mark Wallach: Unity must be earned I read with interest last week’s guest opinion from City Council candidates Benjamin, Rigler and Grano, who appear perplexed that much of the Boulder community feels threatened by the high-growth policies with which they have been associated. The most pro-development groups in town have endorsed two of them: Engage Boulder, Better Boulder and Open Boulder. ...
  • Council Candidates Fora Reveal Divisions over Familiar Issues | The Blue Line Although the typical Boulder electoral tendency to try to  blur policy differences in public with gauzy happy-talk was on full display at three recent PLAN-Boulder fora for Boulder City Council candidates, clear distinctions could nonetheless be discerned between groups of the contenders on the perennial questions of more versus less growth, more versus less transfers ...
  • Boulder City Council candidate profiles: Meet the 14 people running for office in 2017 Daily Camera reporter Alex Burness sat down with each of the 14 people running for five open seats on the Boulder City Council this fall, and has written profiles of each candidate that explore why they’re running and what they’d like to accomplish if elected (or re-elected). Source: Boulder City Council candidate profiles: Meet the 14 ...
  • Marie Blaney: The exodus of Boulder businesses Has anyone noticed all the Boulder businesses closing their doors after years of serving Boulder? The list is long and distinguished and a sign of the dysfunction of Boulder’s governmental policies. These businesses reflect the soul of what Boulder stands for and will sorely be missed. Source: Marie Blaney: The exodus of Boulder businesses – Boulder ...
  • Sharon A. Schilling: Let’s take a breather from voting for taxes Vote no more taxes, renewals, new or otherwise, for anything. Think about it, If City Council and Jane Brautigam, city manager, can find millions of dollars to squander on divorcing Xcel Energy, then they surely can find the money they need to run the city without more taxes. Oh, sure it is nice to put ...
  • Anne and Mike Fenerty: A pivotal city election The open space acquisition happened in Boulder 50 years ago this year, just before our family came to Boulder. It was followed by the Blue Line regulation to prevent development over 5,750 feet, by building height limitations and by the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Approved by the voters, these restrictions made the city the beautiful ...
  • Stacey Goldfarb: Residents rightly dismayed by growth A Boulder pro-growth advocate regularly tweets, “If you love your city, you should build more of it.” The tweeter’s perspective seems at odds with the reality of our finite world. Science everywhere confirms finite limits: resources, the amount of carbon our atmosphere can handle, and the population a bioregion can sustain. Unfortunately, Boulder government often demonstrates ...
  • Editorial: Boulder fighting itself on housing – Boulder Daily Camera Two unanimous Boulder City Council decisions within two months of each other illuminate a deep-seated ambivalence about city priorities. Last week, the council authorized city staff to enter into negotiations with a developer to build 304 housing units on the former Pollard Motors site at 30th and Pearl streets in Boulder Junction. The proposal calls for ...
  • Molly Greacen: Keep Boulder democratic A steering committee member of “Better Boulder” recently posted on Facebook that a Boulder of 250,000 people (from our current 109,000) “would be awesome.” Many people are very unhappy with the direction this city is going in and want to see balance restored to City Council. Source: Molly Greacen: Keep Boulder democratic – Boulder Daily Camera
  • 2017 Council election (From the Editorial Advisory Board) The Daily Camera “Editorial Advisory Board” touched on the upcoming City Council Election. Here are some opinions from the pro-growth, pro-coop members of that panel: Cha Cha Spinrad: I live in a co-op and strive to have my life entirely encompassed by cooperatives. I also support Jan Burton. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She doesn’t ...