Category Archives: Gov’t Affairs

Boulder: Council Approves Housing Partners Strategic Plan

At the same meeting the City Council also approved Boulder Housing Partners’ draft Strategy Plan. BHP is the City’s housing authority. BHP asserts the City has “an acute and chronic housing affordability problem.” The Executive Director cited a number of … Continue reading

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Boulder: City Struggles with Affordable Housing

The Boulder City Council was poised to adopt some general goals related to the City’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy (CHS) but even abstract concepts proved controversial in a classic NIMBY (not in my backyard) backlash from citizens. Short-term actions that had … Continue reading

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Fannie Mae Revises Derogatory Credit Event Rule

According to the Denver Business Journal, a new rule imposed by Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) could make it more difficult for would-be homebuyers who have had a short sale in the past to buy a home. The rule, … Continue reading

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Poll Finds Anemic Gas Tax Support

A new poll finds the American public is divided over how to address the Highway Trust Fund shortfall – none of the options polled won majority support, and several have strong opposition. Of the four options – boost the gas … Continue reading

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Loveland: Downtown Working Group Unveils Vision

A group of business leaders presented its strategic plan for downtown Loveland to the City Council on August 12. The 17-member group, brought together by Economic Development Director Betsey Hale, includes Mindy McCloughin, Loveland Chamber CEO, former mayor Gene Pielin, … Continue reading

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Fort Collins: Judge Overturns Fracking Moratorium

On August 8 Judicial District Judge Gregory Lammons ruled to overturn the fracking moratorium approved by Fort Collins voters last November. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association challenged the results of that election. The judge said that the moratorium violated … Continue reading

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Fort Collins: REALTORS Concerned About Parking Standards in TOD

For the past year the City of Fort Collins has been reviewing parking standards for the Transit Oriented Development overlay district. The overlay is designed to encourage higher levels of density and design that supports transit style developments primarily along … Continue reading

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Larimer: Commissioners Place Jail Tax on Ballot

On August 19th the Larimer County Commissioners formally adopted a resolution to ask voters to extend the .015 percent jail sales tax, which currently generates $7.5 million a year and is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. … Continue reading

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Larimer: 3rd Candidate Makes Commissioner Ballot

Fort Collins resident and perennial candidate Eric Sutherland successfully petitioned his way on the November ballot. Sutherland cites problems with government transparency as his main reason for running. He claims that the County over-collected revenues from the 1997 courthouse sales tax … Continue reading

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Should Longmont Create More Affordable Housing?

At a study session on August 19th the City Council considered the scarcity of rental housing and the issue of affordability in general. The big question, which remains unanswered, is how to pay for it? Ironically, during the same meeting, … Continue reading

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