Community Development: Housing, Transportation and Business Space

CEO JOHN TAYER CALLS FOR ACTION ON HOUSING
Housing is not just a challenge for Boulder, it’s a crisis.  Read Boulder Chamber President and CEO John Tayer’s thoughtful take here.

EAST ARAPAHOE TRANSPORTATION PLAN
Boulder Chamber Advocacy team members are  participating  in the East Araphaoe Community Working Group.  The East Arapahoe Transportation Plan is a long-range plan to consider potential transportation improvements within the corridor.  View the draft plan here. Please contact Andrea Meneghel at andrea.meneghel@boulderchamber.com, or Elisabeth Patterson at elisabeth.patterson@boulderchamber.com with questions or input.

 DEVELOPMENT FEES AND EXCISE TAX STUDY
The Boulder Chamber has been actively participating in the City’s Development Impact Fees and Excise Tax Study and Working Group. While we respect the need to analyze the fees required to address the impacts that additional commercial and residential development put on the community infrastructure and services, it must be in the context of additionally understanding the balance of the contribution new development makes to the overall economy while off-setting costs that otherwise would be borne by residents.
Comprehensively understanding the benefits that development brings to our community will provide the City with a better rationale for adjusting fees appropriately and the associated effects that those adjustments will consequently have upon the community and our economy.  Read the full letter here.

VISUALIZE BOULDER’S CIVIC AREA PARK
The Boulder Civic Area team has finalized the Civic Area Park Development Plan concluding outreach to the community.  Funded by the Community, Culture and Safety Tax approved last year by voters, construction will begin in 2016.  Visualize the new Civic Area allows the public to see 3D renderings of the proposed Civic Area changes, view display billboards with plans and graphics at the Civic Area, and take a walking tour through the Civic with the lead project manager.

BOULDER COMMUNITY HEALTH BROADWAY CAMPUS SALE
The City of Boulder has negotiated the purchase of the 8.8 acre site of hospital property on Broadway.  City Council  authorized the sale of up to $41 million in certificates of participation to use toward the purchase.  Three city buildings, the Public Safety Building, the East Boulder Community Center and the Park Central building,  will be used as collateral for the sale.  Redevelopment of the site may  include City offices,  private and community partnerships and  developed with private and community partners and mixed-income housing.

CITY OF BOULDER PLANNING BOARD
Interested in a project that will appear before Planning Board? As noted on their website, Planning Board reviews and approves some site and use review applications, studies long range planning matters including the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and makes recommendations to City Council. It also serves as an advisory board to City Council on applications for annexation and rezoning. The Planning Board generally meets on the first and third, and occasionally fourth, Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway. Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.

  • Board Email – boulderplanningboard@bouldercolorado.gov
  • Staff Liaison – David Driskell at 303-441-3425
  • Board Secretary – Susan Meissner at 303-441-4464

 

CONE ZONES
Check out this week’s cone zones City of Boulder or US36.
Find helpful planning information –
Prepare Your Workforce for US 36 Express Lanes Construction
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project page.

COMMUTING RESOURCES
BTC is a non-profit organization assisting the Boulder community to commute smarter, and in partnership with the City of Boulder’s GO Boulder program, promotes transportation options for businesses in the city. Visit www.bouldertc.org and www.goboulder.net.

Way to Go is a regional partnership between the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a dedicated group of Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), including BTC. Visit www.waytogo.org

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We support policy and cost-effective funding to improve comprehensive transit options including alternative modes and traditional vehicles. Efficient local and regional transportation networks are key requirements for our community’s economic, social and environmental health.

We encourage a built environment that fosters economic vitality and innovation by meeting the needs of businesses and residents now and into the future.