Hogan-Pancost

Sean KendallCity Council, Development

October 14, 2017 Boulder City Council Dear Council members: PLAN-Boulder County urges you to deny the new annexation request for the Hogan-Pancost property that is now before you. The 6-1 vote of the Planning Board should be a strong indication of the inadvisability of going forward with this development in the South Boulder Creek floodplain. Developments in the floodplain, particularly … 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

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

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

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

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

Sean KendallDevelopment

Thursday, Oct. 20 – A Look at Planning in Boulder County Join Boulder County staff for a look at the past, present and future of planning in Boulder County. First, staff  from each department will summarize how planning is integrated into their department’s work and how it impacts residents, wildlife, and health in the county. Next, Boulder County’s Pete Fogg, … Read More