Public Affairs Update

Public Affairs Update..…………………………………………………..January 16, 2019

  • In Times of Emergency
  • A Change of Order
  • The Shifting Sentiments in Housing
  • Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday February 6, 2019 Noon to 1:00pm at BARA
  • In Case You Missed It


In Times of Emergency

Here's why FEMA recently reversed an existing policy regarding the National  Flood Insurance Program and why it’s important during the ongoing government shutdown. » READ MORE [Source: 01-04-2019]


A Change of Order

As new members to the Congress get elected and old ones hold on to their constituencies, we look at how these mid-term results may impact the housing market. » READ MORE [Source: 12-31-2019-8]


The Shifting Sentiments in Housing         

A new study analyzed the sentiments of buyers, sellers, and renters in a market where trends are changing compared to the last several years. Here’s what it revealed. » READ MORE  [Source: 01-11-2019]


Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday February 6, 2019 Noon to 1:00pm at BARA


Karl Guiler/Phil Kleisler, COB Senior Planners on Community Benefits Requirements to Seek an Exemption to Exceed the By-Right Height Limit


Andrea Meneghel, Public Affairs Director, Boulder Chamber will provide the Boulder business perspective on Community Benefit Project issues.



Why is the city undertaking this project?

A community benefits program has been discussed as one tool to ensure that new growth and development contribute positively to Boulderites’ quality of life. While higher quality of development is often attained through the Site Review process, in recent years community sentiment has expressed that more specific community benefits should be required in exchange for additional height, intensity or density.

What is the Community Benefits Project?

Community benefit programs typically include a suite of regulations and incentives that tie specific community benefits to requests for additional development rights (like building height, floor area and residential density). These programs identify the specific amount and type of community benefit required with specific development requests.

For example, some properties in Boulder are eligible to request a “Height Modification” to allow an additional one or two stories (up to 55 feet) when the zoning only allows three stories. Boulder’s community benefits program would provide a menu of options – like affordable housing, affordable commercial space, community gathering space and public art – to be provided as part of the project. The specific amount of required benefits would be proportional to the bonus amount requested.

The Community Benefit Project outcomes will have a very significant impact on how much new housing is added to our community and where it is located.

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Upcoming Pizza & Public Affairs Events

  • March 6, 2019 Dr. Donald Haddad, St. Vrain Valley School District Superintendant
  • April 3, 2019 Dr. Rob Anderson Boulder Valley School District Superintendant (Invited)


In Case You Missed It