PLAN-Boulder County has endorsed the following candidates for the 2017 City of Boulder Municipal election

Sean KendallUncategorized

Cindy Carlisle John Gerstle Mirabai Nagle Sam Weaver Mary Young PLAN-Boulder County endorses the following ballot issues: Municipalization Issues: 2L  Extension and raise for the portion of the existing Utility Occupation Tax that funds Municipalization; 2P  Extension of the council’s authority to conduct executive sessions to seek legal advice related to Municipalization; 2O A charter amendment to require a citizen vote prior to … Read More

Affordable Housing Strategy

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development, Diversity

  INTRODUCTION The Problem: Boulder is the most expensive city in the region. With average single-family home prices near one million dollars, and many apartments renting for thousands of dollars a month, it is not affordable for most middle-, moderate- and low-income households. The City of Boulder has implemented a variety of affordable housing policies to address the issue, yet … Read More

CU-South

Sean KendallDevelopment, Environment

  Respected environmentalist Tim Hogan’s letter to the newspaper, outlining the issues.   For many longtime residents of Boulder, the current proposal from the university requesting annexation, engineered flood mitigation, and additions to their housing and academic building portfolio stirs up a host of reservations.  The more one delves into the details, the greater those reservations become. Floodplains and riparian … Read More

Why More Density and Market Rate Housing Won’t Result in Lower Cost Housing in Boulder

Sean KendallCity Council, Development, Growth

Subject: RE: Articles regarding Inclusionary Housing (This letter to the council member was publicly posted) Dear Jan Burton: Thanks for sharing these articles of various points of view that will certainly help us in wrestling with our Inclusionary Housing update.  It is clear from our experience and in reading the articles, that IH programs vary between communities and their impacts on affordable … Read More

PLAN-Boulder County Statement on Xcel “Partnership” Options

Sean KendallClimate Change, Environment, Good Governance

PLAN-Boulder County has been a strong advocate of the City of Boulder forming a municipal electric utility to achieve carbon free electricity as one of the most effective steps it could take to impact climate change. PLAN-Boulder County urges the Boulder City Council to continue with its municipalization process that is now being considered by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission … Read More

Position on Comp Plan Update

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development, Growth

To Planning Board Members: Plan-Boulder County recommends that you include a recommendation to City Council that the new BVCP include the following affordable housing policies: Increase affordable housing as a percentage of overall housing: The city will develop regulations and policies to ensure that: A) development and redevelopment does not result in a net percentage (of overall housing) loss of … Read More

PLAN-Boulder County Position on Affordable Housing Commercial Linkage Fees, Transportation Linkage Fees and Transportation Excise Taxes – February 2017

Sean KendallAffordable Housing

Jobs Housing Linkage Fees The jobs housing linkage fees, as currently proposed at $12/square foot (for an office building), less than 10% of the amount established as justifiable ($129.49/square foot) by the economic analysis, will leave the major burden of providing affordable housing for new employees on the citizens of Boulder, who are doing nothing to create this problem, and so should not be … Read More

50/50 Annexation Proposal – New Annexation Only for Affordable Housing

Sean KendallAffordable Housing

  PLAN Boulder County proposes that 100 percent of new housing units created on land annexed into the city be permanently affordable with 50 percent of those units permanently affordable low-income housing, and 50 percent permanently affordable moderate-income housing. This straightforward concept should be added to the 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update, currently underway. (Past city practice generally requires … Read More