City Council is Working to UpZone Boulder

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, City Council, Development, Diversity, Good Governance, Growth

On June 4th, City Council discussed redevelopment options for the former Boulder Community Hospital at Broadway and Balsam and the surrounding area including, Ideal Plaza and Community Plaza shopping centers.  All the options proposed considerably greater development and density over what currently exists. City staff conducted a survey in order to understand community priorities, asking questions similar in nature to … Read More

City Council Up-Zoning Neighborhoods Through Opportunity Zone Review

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development, Good Governance, News

May 2019 Dear City Council, Below is an analysis of the components discussed , or to be discussed, in your April and May study sessions for use table changes to be applied to the Opportunity Zone and Citywide. The following provides an overview of our observations. A. The simultaneous development of citywide use table changes with the Opportunity Zone use … Read More

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, City Council, Development

April 2, 2019 Dear City Council, The Peoples League for Action Now (PLAN-Boulder County) supports the goals established as the basis for the Opportunity Zone moratorium and as restated on page one of the staff memo for item 6A. However, the memo first appeared on the City’s website this past Friday evening which did not leave enough time for the … Read More

ADU/OAU presentation from recent public forum

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development

Mike Marsh made a presentation about his views on new proposed ADU regulations and how they could work practically.  To view the powerpoint, click on the link and open in power point.  Mike lays out visually how ADUs could impact affordability, density, and neighborhoods.  He focuses particularly on Martin Acres in his presentation because the presentation was to that neighborhood. … Read More

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Owner Accessory Units (OAUs

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development, Diversity

PLAN (Peoples League for Action Now) – Boulder County applauds and strongly supports City Council’s effort to broaden opportunities for the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Owner Accessory Units (OAUs) for the purpose of increasing the affordable housing supply. We support, under certain circumstances, enabling OAUs in single family residential zoning districts. However, we have substantial concerns about … Read More

PLAN (People’s League for Action Now)-Boulder County Affordable Housing Strategy

Sean KendallAffordable Housing, Development

    December 15, 2017 PART I   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 … Read More

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

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