Public Affairs Update

Public Affairs Update……………………………………………………February 3, 2016

  • Led by Housing, Economy Suffers Slight Setback to End 2015

  • Override Vote for Waters Rule Fails

  • What’s Driving the Growth of the Housing Market

  • BVCP Update moves to the City of Boulder for further consideration

  • Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Noon to 1:00pm at BARA

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    Led by Housing, Economy Suffers Slight Setback to End 2015

    What will it take in the coming year for the economy to regain its momentum?
    READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 01-27-2016]

     

Override Vote for Waters Rule Fails
The Senate's attempt to override the president's veto of a resolution that would have banned implementation of the Waters of the U.S. rule failed late in January 2016. [Source: NARenews 01-28-2016]  

 

What's Driving the Growth of the Housing Market?

The U.S. housing market is now considered to be in the "stable" range. What factors are driving the improvement? READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 01-28-2016]

 

BVCP Update moves to the City of Boulder for further consideration

The County Commissioners deliberated their decisions on Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan land use change requests at a public meeting on 1/27.

The Boulder County Commissioners and the Boulder County Planning Commission have weighed in on whether to move forward for further consideration and analysis a series of requests to update the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP). 

Click for the scorecard of votes by the Boulder County Planning Commission (1/26) and the Board of County Commissioners (1/27).

 

Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Noon to 1:00pm at BARA

Boulder Housing Partners (City of Boulder Housing Authority) is launching an aggressive effort to expand Boulder’s affordable housing programs and that agenda may represent challenging issues between public and private homeownership in the years ahead.

 

Guest Speaker

Betsey Martens, Executive Director, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP)

 

What She Will Present

Betsey will explain why BHP believes without action now market forces will soon overtake Boulder’s good intensions and the community will permanently lose opportunities to increase and stabilize affordable housing for current and future residents.  Strategies she will discuss include:

  • Creating an Affordable Housing Benefit Ordinance

  • Creating an Affordable Housing Overlay Zone

  • Maximizing affordability on two key city-owned parcels

    The Pollard site

    Boulder Community Hospital on Broadway

  • Create an Affordable Housing Preservation Tax to maximize the preservation and expansion of housing

  • Fund the Affordable Housing program at a minimum of $12MM annually

  • Provide BHP with a Right of First Refusal on multi-family commercial sales

  • Expand the use of vouchers in Boulder by considering an income discrimination ordinance

     

    Practitioners in the Boulder area markets need to understand these affordable housing initiatives and their potential impacts.

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