Public Affairs Update…………….………………………………………..October 14, 2015
- House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Provide Formal TRID Grace Period
- Rise in Employment, Millennial Demand Will Bring Housing Up in 2016
- Boulder Creates New Planning, Housing and Sustainability Department
- BARA Directors Are Asking You to Join the Campaign to Defeat 300 & 301
- Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, November 4, Noon to 1:00pm at BARA
- In Case You Missed It
The Homebuyers Assistance Act (H.R. 3192), provides the mortgage industry with a grace period through February 1, 2016 by protecting them from enforcement actions if they make a good faith effort to comply with the TRID regulation. The Act passed through the House Financial Services Committee last week. The White House attempted to veto the Homebuyers Assistance Act on Tuesday, according to a Statement of Administrative Policy. READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 10-08-2015]
Ask the Economist is an ongoing series in which DS News talks with an economist about the most pressing issues facing the nation's housing industry and the economy. This installment features Selma Hepp, Chief Economist with Trulia.
READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 10-09-2015]
Boulder Creates New Planning, Housing and Sustainability Department
The city's Community Planning and Sustainability (CP&S) Department is changing its name to the Planning, Housing and Sustainability (PH+S) Department. The change reflects the department's three focus areas. This structure will enable the department to evolve in each of the work areas as community priorities continue to evolve. Read more at www.bouldercolorado.gov/planning.
BARA Directors Are Asking You to Join the Campaign to Defeat 300 & 301
The BARA Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose two citizen initiated ballot issues that threaten our economic health, housing availability, and sustainable infill and redevelopment and urge voters to:
VOTE NO on Ballot Questions 300 and 301
NO on 300: The "Neighborhoods Right to Vote" proposes to divide the community into undefined neighborhood voting districts, allowing a tiny minority of people to force an election on virtually any zoning change. This undermines community-wide planning, costs taxpayers unnecessary election costs and results in less revenue for police, fire and other essential services.
NO on 301: Just like the "Taxpayers Bill of Rights" TABOR amendment that has crippled the state budgeting process 301, the "New Development Shall Pay Its Own Way" amendment, is a cleverly worded recipe for unintended consequences. It writes an undefined fee on new development into the City Charter that would effectively shut down Boulder until the courts resolve the disputed language.
Join us in this campaign to fight for the community values we all believe in. Please visit www.oneboulder.org to find out what is at stake--and make a donation today. Or send checks to Citizens for One Boulder and Coalition for One Boulder—mail to P>O> Box 4962, Boulder, CO 80306.
Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, November 4, Noon to 1:00pm at BARA
Jennifer Pinsonneault, Economic Vitality Coordinator, City of Boulder
Leslie Ellis, Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Update Project Manager, City of Boulder.
What they will present:
The City’s Economic Vitality Office is gearing up for an active 2016 with new programs and incentives and prepared to integrate economic vitality goals and policy into the BVCP. Jennifer Pinssoneault will be looking for your feedback and suggestions!
The 5-year Major Update to the BVCP has been underway for almost a year with public involvement efforts and research creating the platform for development of new policy and goals around housing, transportation, economic vitality, environment and social sustainability. Leslie Ellis will lay out what has been accomplished to date, what processes and timelines the BVCP Update will invol;ve. And, critically, how Realtors® can engage and help shape the goals and direction of city planning for the next five years or more.
More at: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan
Don’t miss this ‘double barreled’ program focused on Boulder’s Future!
In Case You Missed
- Opponents of Boulder issues 300, 301 dominate fundraising
- Editorial: No on 300, 301
- S’PARK 11-acre redevelopment moves ahead with City Council and Planning Board support. More