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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
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?
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?
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?