Published on the first Monday of each month by Bob Yates, Boulder City Council
2017: The year in preview
 By Bob Yates

     Happy New Year. Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work.
     Sometimes folks ask how much advance planning goes into the Boulder City Council’s meeting agendas. A lot, actually. Every January, Council spends a day and a half at a retreat with the City Manager and the heads of her departments to chart out our priorities for the coming year. Then we apply a reality filter and pare the list down to those things we will actually have time for. Based on that plan, the Council Agenda Committee meets every Monday morning throughout the year to schedule specific meeting agendas four to five weeks out.
     Although City Council met something like 58 times last year, and the meetings tended to average about five hours in length (six or seven hours is not unusual), that still gives us only about 300 hours of meeting time during the year to get stuff done, about half of which is consumed by public commentary and testimony. And, of course, we have to give ourselves some cushion for events that we can’t fully anticipate in January but which will impose themselves on us urgently sometime during the course of the year, from known unknowns (we’ll get some development projects, but we don’t know which ones or when) to unknown unknowns (flood, fire, and famine).  Accordingly, we try to plan about 80 percent of our time, leaving room for things that invariably pop up.
     So, the following is a preview, as of New Year’s Day, of the city staff’s laundry list of things that Council could tackle in 2017. Monthly timing listed below is just a rough estimate and becomes less precise in the latter part of the year. But it’s probably directionally correct. And we will likely add or subtract a few items during Council’s retreat on January 20-21. With those caveats, here’s generally what 2017 might look like:
  • Co-op housing ordinance
  • Development of 3303 Broadway
  • Sanctuary city determination
  • Implementation of development-related impact fees
  • Potential renewal of 2014 Ballot Measure 2A
  • Review affordable housing program
  • Progress Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan
  • Review city investment policy
  • Tax planning for 2017 and beyond
  • 30th & Pearl (former Pollard site) RFP
  • Alpine-Balsam (former BCH site) re-development
  • Development of 90/96 Arapahoe
  • Update height ordinance 
Read more
Re-setting Civil War veteran headstones with Jim Helgoth at Columbia Cemetery. 
Reading to End Racism Program:
Sharing a book with first-graders
at Flatirons Elementary School

In The News:

  Dec  19:    Boulder City Council, as usual, struggles with efficiency 

  Dec 15: :  Boulder councilman tapped for committee seat with National League of Cities

 Dec 14:    Boulder makes Nablus its 8th sister city

  Dec 8:    Issues of occupancy remain unsettled heart of Boulder co-op debate

  Dec  4:    Survey: Support for municipalization has waned

Number of emails sent to community members last month: 271
Number of community members met with last month: 96
Number of subscribers to the Boulder Bulletin: 824 (next issue, Feb. 6)  


Recent Votes & Positions:

 YES    On December 6, joined unanimous Council in adopting Boulder climate commitment goals, including community-wide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 80 percent by 2050.

 YES    On December 6, joined unanimous Council in aligning Boulder's marijuana laws with state laws and regulations. 

 NO    On December 6, in minority (1-6) voting against resolution taking sides in Standing Rock pipeline legal dispute in North Dakota. 

 YES    On December 13, in majority (7-2) to make Nablus, Boulder's 8th sister city, subject to strict compliance with Statement of Commitments, including non-politicization.
 YES    On December 13, made motion, unanimously approved, to open third reading of proposed co-op ordinance for public hearing.  

  STILL RECEIVING COMMUNITY INPUT   Whether the city should expand licensing of co-operative housing and, if so, under what conditions. Next public hearing will be held on January 3. 

Council Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all council meetings and study sessions begin at 6:00 at City Council Chambers, second floor, 1777 Broadway. Information current as of first Monday of the month, but subject to change; confirm agendas here.

Tuesday, January 3: Council Meeting 
Public hearing on co-op ordinance; re-zoning for 3303 Broadway; ordinance on co-operation with federal immigration officials
Tuesday, January 10: Study Session (5:30 start)
Retreat agenda; inclusionary housing primer; Ballot Measure 2A (2014) report
Tuesday, January 17: Council Meeting 
Development of 3303 Broadway; bear trash ordinance; potential 2017 ballot measures
Friday (4;00-8:00) & Saturday (8:00-4:00), January 20-21: City Council Annual Retreat, Dairy Center for the Arts
2017 Work Plan; Council practice & policies; community engagement improvements 
Tuesday, January 24: Study Session
Joint meeting with Planning Board to discuss Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 

Tuesday, January 31: Study Session
State demographer presentation; city investment strategy; head tax proposal 

Meetings with Community

 Jan 4:    Presentation to Boulder Area Realtor Association; BARA offices; noon

 Jan 5: 
  Breakfast with CU Chancellor and his cabinet; Council Chambers; 7:30 a.m.

 Jan 7:   Retirement celebration for Community Foundation's Josie Heath; Jewish Community Center; 7:30 p.m.

 Jan 11:   Boulder Economic Council's 2017 Economic Forecast; UCAR Center Green; 4:00

 Jan 12:  Downtown Boulder Improvement District board meeting;
1200 Pearl Street; 8:00 a.m.

 Jan 12:  Reading to End Racism; Horizons Elementary School; 9 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

 Jan 12:  Hotel & Motel Association luncheon; Hyatt Place, noon

 Jan 26:  Boulder Convention & Visitor Bureau board meeting;
Chamber of Commerce building; 2:30 p.m.

 Jan 27:  Reading to End Racism; Uni Hill Elementary School; 9 a.m.-2:40 p.m.

 Jan 30:   Tour of former Boulder Community Hospital site; 1155 Alpine Ave; 4:00

 Feb 6:   Dinner with Boulder County Commissioners; Boulder County Courthouse; 6:00

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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