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

Position on Co-op Ordinance

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development

PLAN-Boulder County has been following the development of the Co-op Ordinance since its inception and has provided input to the Planning Board and to Council on different versions of the ordinance. This letter summarizes PLAN-Boulder County’s position on the most current version of the Co-op Ordinance for your consideration at your January 3, 2017 public hearing. PLAN-Boulder County does not … Read More

Does Growth Pay Its Own Way? What Boulder Is and Isn’t Doing.

Richard HarrisAffordable Housing, Growth

Watch our Forum held on November 11, 2016. Chris Meschuk, the City staff person who is coordinating the update of the City’s impact fees, and Steve Pomerance, former City council member and citizen expert on the costs of growth, will discuss the City’s process to update its impact fees related to general fund services like libraries, parks and rec, police … Read More

PLAN-Boulder Position on Proposed Ordinance to Allow Cooperative Housing in Single Family Neighborhoods

PLAN-Boulder County BoardAffordable Housing

This coming Tuesday, City Council will have a “2nd reading” of a proposed new ordinance to allow “co-ops” in single-family residential neighborhoods. It would allow up to 15 “co-ops” per year in single-family residential neighborhoods. Communal living options such as co-ops and boarding houses (which are not substantively different) have been allowed in Boulder for many years in a variety … Read More

Calvin Welch Speaks at PLAN-Boulder Annual Dinner

Leonard MayAffordable Housing

Calvin Welch delivered a stirring saga of San Francisco’s recent growth of market rate housing, while producing inadequate affordable units and leading to middle income exodus.  His talk was the main theme at PLAN-Boulder’s Annual Dinner on September 23, 2016. Watch Calvin’s talk. The video shows Calvin presenting his talk and shows his slides, you may wish to download the … Read More

Middle Income Housing Strategy to Planning Board

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Diversity

The attached report for a middle income housing strategy is going to the Planning Board in September 2016.  The executive summary provides that: “As home prices continue to increase, it is clear that the current goal of 450 permanently affordable middle income homes is no longer adequate. Furthermore, with annexation as the only vehicle for permanently affordable middle income housing, … Read More