Government Affairs: Boulder County

September 27, 2019

Planning Board Approves Revised Alpine-Balsam Plan

This week the Boulder Planning Board voted unanimously to forward a limited redevelopment plan to the City Council for the Alpine-Balsam area. The site includes the old Boulder Community Hospital, which was purchased by the City for $40 million four years ago. Residents from the area had voiced concerns about increased density at an earlier meeting and in response, the City Council reduced the scope of the plan to include only City-owned land.

The Planning Board had supported more density with more affordable units but decided to approve the revised plan to avoid a lengthier process. As envisioned now, the plan will include 210-260 housing units, but that number could decrease if Boulder County moves its Health and Human Services Plan to Alpine-Balsam.

The density debate follows a familiar pattern. Everyone supports affordable housing as long as it isn’t in their neighborhood. The City Council will likely consider the plan before the November election.



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