Boulder: Council Pushing for Middle Income Affordable Housing

The Boulder City Council reviewed a variety of regulatory tools and incentives to create middle-income deed restricted affordable housing units. Although the plan is not fully developed, at a recent study session the Council agreed its major goal is to increase the City’s inclusionary zoning requirement from 20 to 25 percent for new housing developments.Continue reading “Boulder: Council Pushing for Middle Income Affordable Housing”

Boulder County: County Adopts Oil and Gas Regulations

On March 23, the Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt new regulations for oil and gas operations in the unincorporated areas of Boulder County. The new regulations are the most stringent in the State of Colorado. During their deliberations, the Commissioners expressed their continued regret and frustration that state law preempts local control inContinue reading “Boulder County: County Adopts Oil and Gas Regulations”

Boulder: Height Moratorium Extended

The Boulder City Council voted 8-1 with Bob Yates dissenting, to extend the existing building height moratorium until July 19, 2018. The moratorium was implemented in 2015 and prohibits buildings taller than 40 feet in most neighborhoods. The Council was swayed by the testimony of multiple citizens, who pleaded for the moratorium’s extension, saying tallContinue reading “Boulder: Height Moratorium Extended”

Boulder: City Planning Its Own Mixed-Use Project

Anyone who has lived in Boulder for very long remembers the old Boulder Community Hospital complex at Alpine and Balsam Streets. A year ago, the City bought the 8.8 acre parcel for $40 million. Now it is trying to figure out how to utilize and redevelop it. This is an interesting project because it’s unusualContinue reading “Boulder: City Planning Its Own Mixed-Use Project”

Boulder: Council Raises Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

The City Council voted to raise the affordable housing linkage fee last week. The per square foot rate will increase to $12 from $9.53. The fee revenue helps to create and preserve affordable housing in the City. Staff had proposed a $15 per square foot fee and some members of the City Council argued evenContinue reading “Boulder: Council Raises Affordable Housing Linkage Fee”

Boulder County: Affordable Housing Advocates Publish Draft Plan

The Boulder County Regional Housing Partnership is recommending a regional goal of 15,000 to 22,000 diverse housing units affordable to low and middle-income households by 2035. This range represents 10 to 15 percent of the anticipated housing inventory at that time. Cities and towns have already secured nearly 6,000 units, so 9,000 to 16,000 homesContinue reading “Boulder County: Affordable Housing Advocates Publish Draft Plan”

Boulder County: The People of Colorado vs. Boulder County

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman followed through on Feb. 14 with her threat to sue Boulder County over its “moratorium” on accepting oil and gas permit applications. The complaint lists as defendants the county and the Boulder County Commissioners. Plaintiffs were the people of Colorado and the state, represented by Coffman. Coffman sent Boulder County a warningContinue reading “Boulder County: The People of Colorado vs. Boulder County”

Boulder: Fight Brewing with State

Boulder County received a letter from Colorado’s Attorney General Cynthia Coffman dated January 26 in which the County was asked to end its gas and oil ban by February 10 or risk legal action. The letter cited the history of Colorado Supreme Court decisions regarding gas and oil moratoria and noted the County’s policy ofContinue reading “Boulder: Fight Brewing with State”

Boulder: City Planning Amendments to Inclusionary Housing

Recently City of Boulder staff provided the City Council with an assessment of the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program, which has been in existence since 2000. At that time the share of permanently affordable (deed-restricted) housing was 3.1 percent (1,270 units). Now it is 7.3 percent (3,319 units). The City’s goal is to make 10 percentContinue reading “Boulder: City Planning Amendments to Inclusionary Housing”

Boulder: Co-op Ordinance Passes

On January 3 The Boulder City Council passed the cooperative housing ordinance 7-2 on third reading after a long public hearing. A 4th hearing will be required to finalize details on January 17 but the key provisions have been finalized after a year of intense public debate. The ordinance regulates occupancy, square footage per resident,Continue reading “Boulder: Co-op Ordinance Passes”