7. 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 low price of natural gas has greatly contributed to the decline in coal usage globally, which has in turn led to coal plants shutting down. But natural gas is still a fossil fuel, and shifting to natural gas carries other attendant risks to our water supply, our health, and our environment. We need to move beyond natural gas in favor of clean energy sources.