Public Affairs Update

Public Affairs Update……………………………………………………..October 28, 2015

  • Despite Economic Headwinds, Housing is a Bright Spot for Economy

  • Condo Reform Makes Big Gains

  • Bills Seeking Regulatory Relief for Main Street Are Receiving Bipartisan Support

  • 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

 

Despite Economic Headwinds, Housing Market is a Bright Spot for Economy

The macroeconomic picture in the U.S. continues to battle economic headwinds—namely a September jobs report that came in below expectations and an appreciating dollar which will pressure the already growing U.S. trade deficit, Fannie Mae said. Yet, housing remains in a fairly positive zone, considering all of the factors weighing it down. READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 10-19-2015]

 

Condo Reform Makes Big Gains
In the week of October 19 major steps were taken toward condominium reforms in the FHA single-family loan guarantee program. [Source: NAR Weekly 10-22-2015]

 

Bills Seeking Regulatory Relief for Main Street Are Receiving Bipartisan Support

“Throughout this Congress, we have seen examples and heard testimony about how regulatory impediments prohibit job creation, cause consolidation of community financial institutions, and decrease choices for consumers,” said Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Chairman of the Subcommittee. “Some of the proposals we have already considered have received bipartisan support.” READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 10-22-2015]

 

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.

 

Six Days Left to fill in your ballots, It Is Time 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

Guest Speakers:

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! More at: www.bouldercolorado.gov/business/economic-vitality.

 

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 involve. 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 It