Published on the first Monday of each month by Bob Yates, Boulder City Council
Co-ops: A balancing act
 By Bob Yates

     On Tuesday, October 4, the Boulder City Council will work on an ordinance that could permit co-operative housing under certain circumstances. The ordinance is still very much a draft and Tuesday's hearing will not be the last word on the matter. So, it's appropriate now to take a step back and look at what's being proposed, and why some people think it's a bad idea.
     First, let's describe where things stand now. Boulder's law permits no more than three or four unrelated people to live in a dwelling unit; the number depends on the unit's zoning. There are no limits on how many related people can live in a place. In theory, a couple could live with 10 kids in a house (when my father was growing up in Omaha, he was a member of a 12-person family living in a two bedroom house, with one bathroom). Boulder does have a co-op ordinance on the books that permits more than four unrelated people to live in a house, but it is so restrictive that it's never been used. Boulder's three recognized and successful "co-ops" are actually boarding houses under the law. And, of course, there are several co-ops that are technically illegal, along with many houses that are just plain over-occupied. Like many of Boulder's quality-of-life rules, over-occupancy tends to be enforced on a complaint basis; Boulder's police generally don't go out checking who is sleeping in what house unless a problem is reported. 
     Those who live in unlicensed co-ops--and those who want to--approached the city staff and City Council a while ago and asked that we consider amending Boulder's existing co-op ordinance to permit more co-ops to be formed and licensed... Read more
Re-setting Civil War veteran headstones with Jim Helgoth at Columbia Cemetery. 
Re-setting Civil War veteran headstones with Jim Helgoth at Columbia Cemetery. 
Number of emails exchanges with community members last month: 246
Number of community members met with last month: 136

Number of subscribers to the Boulder Bulletin: 555


In The News:

 Oct 2:   It's time for a Muni settlement

 Sept 30:   Boulder to host inaugural Bus to Work Day

 Sept 17:   Editorial: Council should examine bureaucratic creep

 Sept 15:   Councilman wants Boulder to strip nearly $1M in municipalization funding from 2017 budget

 Sept 14:   Boulder City Council members worry about walking, cycling safety

 Sept 13::  Boulder leaders, homeless service providers question spending plan

 Aug 30:   "I want us to fully enforce our camping ban"


Recent Votes & Positions:

 YES    On August 30, insisted on full enforcement of camping ban.
YES    On September 6, voted in support of development of CU conference center at Grandview, with related hotels and parking garage to revitalize the Hill.

 NO    At September 13 study session, expressed disapproval of allocation of budget for homelessness services; will be adjusted during October budget sessions. 

 NO    In email to City Manager on September 14, objected to taking nearly $1 million from the city's General fund to pay for municipalization. 

 STILL RECEIVING COMMUNITY INPUT   Whether the city should permit co-operative housing and, if so, under what terms. Next (but likely not final) public hearing held on October 4. 


Upcoming Meetings & Events

Unless otherwise noted, all Council meetings and study sessions at 6:00 at
City Council Chambers, second floor, 1777 Broadway. Confirm agendas 

Tuesday, October 4: Council Meeting 
City budget for 2017; co-operative housing ordinance; annexation of properties at 55th & Arapahoe
Thursday, October 13: Special Council Meeting with Planning Board
Public hearing with Planning Board to consider land use changes under Boulder Valley Comp Plan
Tuesday, October 18: Council Meeting 
City budget for 2017; discussion of possible head tax for 2017 ballot; report on Police Department 
Tuesday, October 25: Study Session
30th & Pearl redevelopment options; middle income housing strategy 

Tuesday, November 1: Council Meeting  
Vote on Comp Plan changes; East Pointe Apartments call-up; 2017 legislative agenda

Community events I'll be participating in:

 Oct 5:    Bus to Work Day; Downtown Transit Center, 7:30 to 9:30 am
 Oct 8:    Columbia Cemetery Conservation Corps; 9:00 to noon
 Oct 11:   Reading to End Racism; Flatirons Elementary School, 9:30 am
 Oct 13:   Downtown Boulder Improvement District board meeting; 8:00 am
 Oct 13:   Presentation to Highland City Club; noon
 Oct 16:   Meet the Spirits (playing Andrew Macky); Columbia Cem., noon to 5:00
 Oct 19:   Dedication of new Mental Health Partners facility, 975 North St, 5:30
 Oct 20:   Colorado Companies to Watch; Agribotix, 3309 Airport Rd, 3:30 pm
 Oct 26:   Meet board of Thistle Communities; 5:15 pm

Contact Bob 
Voice Message: 720.310.5829
Office: 1200 Pearl Street (above the Weekends store), Suite 209, Boulder
Office Days: Monday through Thursday; Email in advance for appointment
Twitter: @bobyatesboulder
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