Commissioners Decide to Appeal Church Case

In spite of the cost and seemingly against reason, the Boulder County commissioners voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the County’s case against Rocky Mountain Christian Church’s expansion plans. In explaining the decision the Commissioners said lower-level federal 2 court decisions have “left us with a great lack of clarity” aboutContinue reading “Commissioners Decide to Appeal Church Case”

Flood Insurance Extension Passed

Congress has unanimously approved a one-year extension (until September 30, 2011) for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). A long-term extension has been a top legislative priority for NAR.  Earlier in 2010 the NFIP lapsed, causing major disruptions for REALTORS®. With program authority now extended for a year, it is expected that attention will nowContinue reading “Flood Insurance Extension Passed”

REALTORS® Endorse Hickenlooper

The CAR Board of Directors ratified a recommendation from the Political Survival Committee to endorse John Hickenlooper for Governor. Hickenlooper supports REALTOR® issues and has been a friend to our industry. In addition, the Directors also approved recommendations to endorse Cary Kennedy for Treasurer and John Suthers for Attorney General. Note: The By-Laws passed inContinue reading “REALTORS® Endorse Hickenlooper”

Did you receive your Blue Book?

The Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly just mailed a copy of the “Blue Book” — otherwise known as the State Ballot Information Booklet — to each registered voter household. The Blue Book contains a lot of information both pro and con on each ballot issue and recommendations on the retention of judges. IfContinue reading “Did you receive your Blue Book?”

Council Studies Sign Code Revisions

The Greeley City Council got its first look at the revised Sign Code on September 28. Council member Sandi Elder said as a whole the Council is supportive of the revisions although several members asked staff for changes to liberalize proposed regulations pertaining to election signs. However, there was little discussion regarding real estate signage.Continue reading “Council Studies Sign Code Revisions”

REALTORS® Endorse Ball

CAR’s Political Survival Committee has endorsed Democrat Rich Ball for the Senate District 15 (Larimer County except for Fort Collins). Kevin Lundberg, former legislator from HD-49, was appointed to the Senate District 15 seat when Steve Johnson vacated it to become a Larimer County Commissioner. Ultimately the decision was determined by Lundberg’s support for AmendmentsContinue reading “REALTORS® Endorse Ball”

Economic Development Discussion Turns Ugly

A recent budget discussion highlighted the gulf that divides the current City Council. The topic of discussion was the distribution of one-time allocations that are considered on an annual basis. In discussing economic development and 2011 requests from the Longmont Area Economic Council, City Council member Sean McCoy took another opportunity to criticize the organization.Continue reading “Economic Development Discussion Turns Ugly”

City Considering Character Area Designations for “Mid-Century” Neighborhoods

Using a grant from the Colorado Historical Society, Boulder hired consultants to survey various post-World War Two subdivisions in the City such as Table Mesa, Martin Acres, Edgewood and Sunset Hills. The consultants said some of the homes look much like they did when they were built and others have be remodeled to the pointContinue reading “City Considering Character Area Designations for “Mid-Century” Neighborhoods”

Tree Ordinance Continued

The Boulder City Council delayed a vote for the second time on regulations to create licensing requirements for certified arborists, obligate property owners to maintain trees on their property and City right-of-ways and set tree-protection requirements as part of the site review and subdivision standards. Under the proposal, anyone who charges fees to plant trees,Continue reading “Tree Ordinance Continued”

Neighborhood Compatibility Regulations Considered by City Council

The City Council is continuing its push to consider the means by which to regulate neighborhood compatibility in the older neighborhoods on both sides of College Avenue. The problem, according to some, is that scrape-offs or pop-ups are negatively impacting neighborhood character because they are out of scale with the surrounding houses. At a recentContinue reading “Neighborhood Compatibility Regulations Considered by City Council”