TONIGHT, Boulder City Council will consider a yet another moratorium on redevelopment in opportunity zones that would delay critical opportunities for affordable housing and transit for years to come. They will also act on zoning changes and a ban on first-floor housing in business commercial zones. These new moratoriums come on the heels of a “temporary pause” for height modification requests originally proposed for a period of 18-24 months that is now in its 4th year.
Boulder received federal Opportunity Zone status for the Diagonal Plaza area as part of the 2017 federal tax reform legislation. Better Boulder believes in leveraging this opportunity for affordable housing, urban renewal and improved transit to serve our lower income residents and achieve our climate commitment goals. Instead, some City Council Members are looking to pass a moratorium that would halt any progress for years to come, citing the need for additional planning. The North Boulder Sub-community Plan took 10 years to complete, and there is already a robust Comprehensive Plan and a significant body of development regulations in place to ensure community input and responsible development. Join us in urging Council to move quickly to use this option to create the future we hope for, and not impose yet another unneeded moratorium in an effort to choke off change.
- Read more from Eric Budd and from Jan Burton’s two-part column (Part 1 and Part 2) on the issue and review tonight’s agenda item here.
- Read more about the temporary ban on new applications Council restricting residential development and potential changes to zoning in business commercial districts here
- Now: Email your input to City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tonight (12/18/18):
- Speaker sign-up begins at 5:45 p.m.
- Meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.
- Public hearings on Business Commercial Zoning and the Economic Opportunity Zone moratorium likely to begin after 8:30 p.m.
- Sign up to speak in person at 1777 Broadway beginning at 5:00 p.m.. During the public hearing, the mayor will announce when sign up is closing.
- Comments will be limited to a 2 or 3 minute time limit depending on the number of sign-ups.
- If you would like to pool time and have 5 minutes to speak, have two additional people who are not speaking be present when you are called.
- Council receives the bulk of its communications via email, but, if you have prepared a written statement, you may give ten copies to the City Clerk to distribute.