Category Archives: Gov’t Affairs

Boulder: Council Begins Process to Control Hill Development

The Boulder City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance that will restrict residential development on the Hill by making housing a conditional use in the commercial district. If the ordinance passes second reading, which it undoubtedly will, then residential … Continue reading

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$94.7 billion Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for Transportation

President Obama’s latest budget proposal would make critical investments in infrastructure to promote long-term economic growth, enhance safety and efficiency. Secretary of Transportation Foxx lobbied recently for the President, saying “Our budget proposal lays the foundation for a future where our … Continue reading

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Unlikely Duo Introduces Transportation Bill

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are introducing a transportation funding bill they say could bring back up to $2 trillion in corporate tax revenue currently in foreign banks to help pay for U.S. infrastructure projects. They said … Continue reading

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FHA Announces Reduction in Mortgage Insurance Premiums

In January President Obama announced that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would reduce FHA annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) by 50 basis points.  This reduction is a victory for the National Association of REALTORS whose members have called for lower … Continue reading

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Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) Back at Work

So far 379 bills have been introduced during the 2015 legislative session. CAR’s LPC has been busy reviewing bills that relate to the real estate industry and homeownership. Here’s a summary of some of the more interesting bills and the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Consider TABOR?

Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) could once again get national attention. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a lawsuit against the 1992 voter-approved Constitutional amendment. The court’s decision will be watched because it could … Continue reading

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Greeley: Council Approves Impact Fees

The Greeley City Council voted 5-2 to adopt new capital improvement fees in March 2015. John Gates and Charlie Archibeque voted against the proposal in the public hearing on Jan. 20th. Sadly only two members of the public spoke at … Continue reading

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Loveland: Input Needed at Comp Plan Meetings

The City of Loveland is continuing its outreach as staff and a citizen group continue working on the latest Comprehensive Plan Update, which is known as “Create Loveland.” Three more public meetings are scheduled this month: Feb. Feb. 10, 5 – … Continue reading

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Boulder: Council Considers Hill Residential Restrictions

University Hill, a neighborhood that’s been popular with college students for decades, may face additional development restrictions if the City of Boulder has its way. At a recent study session, the Boulder City Council had its first opportunity to provide … Continue reading

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New Colorado Congressmen Sworn In

Ken Buck (Windsor) became Colorado’s Representative for CD-4 at a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 6. Buck chose Greg Brophy to be his chief of staff. Brophy, a farmer from the eastern plains, served as a member of the General Assembly … Continue reading

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