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

CU South – $22million for berm?

Sean KendallDevelopment, Environment

  Boulder is moving forward with annexing the CU South property.  This will require a change in land use designation from Open Space to Public in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.  Ben Binder writes in the Boulder Daily Camera that the old gravel pits rather than building a berm is the best solution. “Because CU told the city that it … Read More

The Belonging Revolution

Sean KendallDiversity

Walking the neigborhoods. Former Longmont Mayor Dan Benavidez and Police Chief Butler develop community by walking the neighborhoods. Walk 1-19-2017 It has been quite a few Sundays due to weather and holidays that Chief Mike Butler and I have been able to do a neighborhood walk. So how nice it was when Mike called my last Thursday and said “Dan … Read More

Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder

PLAN-Boulder County BoardDevelopment

On November 10, 2014 Ruth Wright spoke at a PLAN-Boulder County Forum on Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder. Watch the video here. Ruth spoke at this PLAN-Boulder Forum as she was finishing a paper called Limiting Building Height: The Story of a Citizens Initiative to Preserve Mountain Vistas and a City’s Future.  Her paper has been published … Read More

What’s Up with CU’s South Campus?

PLAN-Boulder County BoardDevelopment

On December 16, 2016, PLAN-Boulder held a Forum about plans for CU’s South Campus.  You can view the visuals here. Background: The City is considering re-designating the land uses for CU’s South Campus as part of the five-year revision of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Talks between CU and the City about annexing the property to the City are underway. … Read More