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Nation: HUD Extends Temporary Guidance on Condos

On August 24 HUD extended its existing temporary guidance on condos, without the changes brought about in HR 3700 (Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act). HUD continues to work on the regulatory guidance to implement the new law, but the existing … Continue reading

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Colorado: Poll Shows Amendment 69 Failing

A poll just released by Magellan Strategies finds strong opposition to Amendment 69, the ColoradoCare universal healthcare plan. Among all respondents, 27 percent would vote yes and approve the amendment, 65 percent would vote no and reject it, and 8 percent … Continue reading

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Colorado: Appraisal Delays Impacting Closings

Lately there have been more complaints about appraisals. Not only are late appraisals delaying closings but some appraisers are charging “expedition fees” to get appraisals done in time. Typically, the fee ranges from $200 to about $500. This feels like … Continue reading

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Greeley: Survey Will Help City Plan

According to the results of the City’s July community survey, most residents see the economy and quality of life as stable or improving. Most respondents are satisfied with the amount of growth in Greeley and the amenities the community offers. … Continue reading

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Loveland: Consultants Critique Development Code

To kick off the City’s Development Code Task Force, staff distributed a strategic assessment of the existing Development Code prepared by Fairfield and Woods, a law firm hired by the City to help rewrite the Code. The consultants offered a … Continue reading

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Loveland: Consultants Critique Development Code

To kick off the City’s Development Code Task Force, staff distributed a strategic assessment of the existing Development Code prepared by Fairfield and Woods, a law firm hired by the City to help rewrite the Code. The consultants offered a … Continue reading

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Fort Collins: A Rose by Any Other Name?

William Shakespeare famously said, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Apparently, the City of Fort Collins believes rebranding its Climate Action Plan (CAP) will convince residents to support it. Recently staff provided an update regarding efforts … Continue reading

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Fort Collins: City Continues to Investigate Broadband Utility Options

Last year Fort Collins convinced voters to allow the City to pursue broadband options last fall by approving an exemption to SB-152. At a recent study session, staff provided an update on its research to provide some type of municipal … Continue reading

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Fort Collins: Voters Will Consider De-Brucing (Again)

TABOR (the Taxpayer Bill of Rights), is complicated – very complicated – and the resulting challenges are endless. Fort Collins voters gave the City the authority to “de-Bruce,” or keep additional revenues, in 1997. In 2010 voters approved a .85 … Continue reading

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Larimer County: County Convenes Workforce Housing Task Force

On August 31 Larimer County held the first meeting of its workforce housing task force. The group included Congressman Jared Polis (briefly), State Senator John Kefalas, County Commissioners Tom Donnelly and Lew Gaiter, the mayor of Johnstown, Loveland City Council … Continue reading

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