Affordable Housing
  1. Do you support Boulder’s inclusionary housing ordinance requirements to produce permanently affordable housing? Should the requirements include permanently affordable middle income housing? And, what do you think is the appropriate mix of permanently affordable rental versus ownership units?
  2. Accessory dwelling units – otherwise known as “granny flats” – have been considered as one option for expanding affordable housing options in established neighborhoods. Please explain your position on whether or not ADUs are an appropriate affordable housing tool for our community?
  3. What is your opinion on the current state of density in Boulder and the concerns of many residents regarding the cost of housing? Please include your views on government vs. private sector approaches to address these concerns.
  4. Are there areas of Boulder that could support increased residential density, and if so where?
  5. Housing Affordability for middle-income families is becoming more and more difficult in Boulder. Currently, Boulder only allows 3 or 4 unrelated people to occupy a home depending on the zoning district. The number of people allowed, however, has no relationship to the size of the home. This leaves larger properties (4 bedrooms and up) underutilized with respect to housing. What suggested solutions do you have to remedy this problem?
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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?