Boulder: Council Votes for Short-Term Rental Regulations

The City’s desire to preserve and expand long-term rental stock takes precedence over a property owner’s desire to use their homes as an income source. The City Council voted (7-1) to approve an ordinance on first reading that adds new requirements for short-term property rentals. The owners must live in the home at least 275Continue reading “Boulder: Council Votes for Short-Term Rental Regulations”

Boulder: One More Affordable Housing Fee

The Boulder City Council unanimously approved an ordinance implementing linkage fees (approximately $2 to $9 PSF depending on type of use) for new commercial development to pay for affordable housing. The fees will be phased in and will not apply to projects that have already been submitted. Mayor Matt Appelbaum said, “I don’t think thereContinue reading “Boulder: One More Affordable Housing Fee”

Boulder: Mobile Home Ordinance Passes First Reading

The City Council gave preliminary approval to an ordinance designed to protect mobile home ownership as a means of supporting affordable housing. The ordinance will prohibit a mobile home park owner from requiring a homeowner to move a home at time of sale if the home is “safe and sanitary.” According to the ordinance, aContinue reading “Boulder: Mobile Home Ordinance Passes First Reading”

Boulder: Linkage Fee Phasing Source of Debate

The City Council recently discussed the timeline for adding linkage fees to new commercial projects to help fund affordable housing. Fees are typically applied when a developer applies for building permits, but what about projects that have already been through the site review process? Should they be charged the linkage fees – which could amountContinue reading “Boulder: Linkage Fee Phasing Source of Debate”

Boulder: Espinoza Announces for Legislature

Angelique Espinoza, Public Affairs Director for the Boulder Chamber and a former Boulder City Council member, announced Thursday that she will seek election to the Colorado House of Representatives. If elected in November 2016, Espinoza, a Democrat, would represent House District 10, the seat which is currently held by term-limited Dickie Lee Hullinghorst. HD 10Continue reading “Boulder: Espinoza Announces for Legislature”

Boulder: City Expands Use of Linkage Fee

In 2010 City voters denied a ballot question asking for approval to increase the affordable housing excise tax. The excise tax is $.51 per square foot of space (PSF) of nonresidential and .23 PSF for residential projects. Residential and nonresidential developments are also charged impact fees, For example, the developer of an office park paysContinue reading “Boulder: City Expands Use of Linkage Fee”

Boulder: Building Height Discussion New Version of Growth Debate

Boulder’s latest controversy is related to the proposal to remove developers’ ability to request height variances for a two year period. Observers call this one of the nastiest political fights in years. The reason this discussion has become so heated is because it is the latest variant in the growth/no growth debate. Boulder is aContinue reading “Boulder: Building Height Discussion New Version of Growth Debate”

Boulder: City to Regulate Residential Vacation Rentals

The Boulder City Council wants to regulate the use of residential properties for vacation rental – and it also wants owners to pay taxes. Research by City staff shows the practice has expanded in the last six years. In 2008, City staff found 21 properties actually located in the City were marketed as short-term vacationContinue reading “Boulder: City to Regulate Residential Vacation Rentals”

Boulder: Council Discusses Affordable Housing Linkage Fee

Does commercial development contribute to the housing demand more than other sectors of the economy?  How will a linkage fee affect commercial lease rates? The City Council should look at a more comprehensive approach. The affordable “horse” got out of the Boulder barn a long time ago.

Boulder: Council Begins Process to Control Hill Development

The Boulder City Council gave initial approval to an ordinance that will restrict residential development on the Hill by making housing a conditional use in the commercial district. If the ordinance passes second reading, which it undoubtedly will, then residential development will only be allowed if it is deed-restricted affordable housing for people who workContinue reading “Boulder: Council Begins Process to Control Hill Development”