PLAN Boulder Survey
  1. How long have you lived in Boulder and what is your employment?
  2. Provide a description of your involvement with City of Boulder issues.
  3. Tell us why you are running for City Council and what you anticipate your contribution to the council will be.
  4. Are you seeking City matching funds for your campaign?
  5. The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan’s (BVCP) four-body review process requires City Council, County Commissioners, City Planning Board and County Planning Commissioners to review and approve shifts of properties from County jurisdiction to City jurisdiction, as defined by the BVCP. In the recent BCVP 2015 update, the four-body review process was significantly changed. Do you agree with the changes? Why or why not?
  6. Sub-community Plans, Area Plans and Neighborhood Plans have all been proposed as approaches to giving citizens some certainty about the future of their neighborhoods and the quality and extent of our community’s built environment. Do you favor this approach to city planning? Why or why not?
  7. The final report of the Public Participation Working Group was sharply critical of the City’s current processes for obtaining the public’s opinion about important issues, and recommended many changes to these processes. Do you agree with the report’s conclusions and recommendations?
  8. Do you support Boulder’s effort to create a Municipal Electric Utility? If you do not support a Boulder Municipal Electric Utility, or if Boulder should fail in its efforts to create one, what would be your plan to achieve Boulder’s emission goals?
  9. What do you consider to be the major causes of the housing affordability issue in Boulder, and what policies do you support to address the problem?
  10. The City has a well-established program for funding affordable housing for low and moderate income residents. The surge in development has put significant pressure on housing that used to be affordable to Boulder’s middle-income residents, defined as earning up to 150% of AMI. Do you view this as an affordability issue that should be addressed, and if so, what are your ideas for how to address it?
  11. The Jobs Housing Nexus Analysis prepared for the city in 2016 determined that the legally supportable affordable housing linkage fee on new commercial office development was $129.49 per square foot to pay for the need for additional affordable housing caused by the new development. This number was adjusted to $50.50 for Boulder’s “share” of housing need based on percent of workforce currently housed n the city (39%); The city staff recommended that the Council adopt a linkage fee of $15 per square foot, and the council adopted a fee of $12. Would you favor increasing the affordable housing commercial linkage fee? If at what level should it be set?
  12. The 2015 BVCP update projects that at least 5,000 and up to 15,000 more students will be added at CU-Boulder by 2030. Who should be responsible for housing these additional students and where should they be housed?
  13. In order to help relieve the pressure on the City’s housing market caused by more jobs, the 2015 BVCP update recommends that some areas in the City currently zoned for commercial and industrial uses be rezoned to residential and mixed use. Do you support this recommendation? If so, which industrial and commercial areas would be most appropriate for rezoning?
  14. An estimate of the current number of visits to Open Space is nearing 6 million. In the face of this increasing demand, what measures would you support to ensure that the Open Space system is sustainable into the future?
  15. The plan for the bike trail on the west side of US 36 north of Lee Hill Road on ecologically sensitive Open Space property was approved by the City Council on the condition that it carefully limit any negative impacts to the eco-systems there. How would you assure yourself and the public that the trail does not create such negative impacts?
  16. The Hogan-Pancost property, a 22 acre parcel along South Boulder Creek that contains numerous wetlands, has once again been proposed for annexation and a residential development of 117 dwelling units. Do you think it should be annexed and developed as proposed? Annexed and developed in some different manner than proposed? Not annexed? Why?
  17. Do you support a community-wide Eco-Pass throughout the City? If so, what are your ideas for paying for it?
  18. For years the City’s plan to reduce GHG emissions from transportation has depended on efforts to move people out of single-occupancy vehicles into shared vehicles and buses, bicycles, and foot travel. It is increasingly being predicted that surface transportation will soon be dominated by self-driving, electric-powered vehicles owned by large organizations and rented to users on a ride-by-ride basis. Do you think this prediction will be fulfilled in the next 20 years? If yes, how should the City prepare for, and respond to this new transportation reality?
  19. At present, the City only requires that developers implement Transportation Demand Management for a limited time period. Do you think that TDM should be required to extend over the entire life of a development?