At the 2018 agenda, City Council set a workplan for the next two years. It consisted of 14 items. They are listed below, in roughly the order council has expressed it would prioritize them for 2019.
Use Table and Site Review Criteria Update
Update regulations governing what can be built where
Progress: Council has not yet discussed
For 2019: Tentative council study session in third quarter, with action to follow
Determine what can be contributed by development projects (affordable housing, public art, open space, etc.) in exchange for increased height or density
Progress: Community engagement; research. Council discussed in August and determined housing affordability was the highest priority
For 2019: Update to council via info packet in January; continued public engagement with another project update in April
Large home, large lots
Develop ways to discourage the building of larger homes in low-density areas
Progress: Council study session in September. An emergency vote to consider a ban on homes of a certain size was scheduled for Oct. 15. The moratorium was abandoned and a Dec. discussion directed staff to pursue quick action.
For 2019: Continued engagement with Planning Board and council public hearings mid-year on land use issues. Phase 2 includes infill options; work to begin mid-year with council, planning board public hearings and implementation at end-of-year.
Development of localized planning efforts specific to certain areas of Boulder
Progress: City Council study session on subcommunity boundaries and prioritization
For 2019: Discussion at Jan. 15 council meeting
Manufactured Housing Strategy
Adopt a plan to preserve and improve existing homes and develop more
Progress: Initiated in September; staff work in progress; council has yet to discuss
For 2019: Feb 26 study session; June consideration of mobile home strategy
Shared Equity Middle Income Program
Proposal from councilmen Sam Weaver and Bob Yates to create a down payment assistance pilot for middle-income earners; in exchange, homes will be deed-restricted permanently affordable
Progress: White paper created; council has not discussed this item
For 2019: Discussion scheduled for Feb. 19
Alpine-Balsam Area Plan
Create a site plan and determine possible uses
Progress: Council update in January; public outreach and board/commission feedback May to November; City Council feedback in November. More housing, fewer offices desired at the former BCH hospital site
For 2019: Update before council planned for Feb. 12
The city’s ongoing efforts to combat climate change
Progress: Boulder’s waste diversion numbers (the amount of trash sent somewhere other than the landfill) reached 51 percent. Energy efficiency regulations for rentals reached 90% compliance. Outdoor Lighting Ordinance in full effect; enforcement to begin next year. Council study session in October considered implementation of additional car registration fee, with funds to go toward climate goals.
For 2019: January study session; May, proposed ballot item for natural gas consumption tax. Resolution for energy and climate requirements for city facilities by mid-year. Council action on vehicle climate impact fee in late 2019. Continued updates/enforcement of existing programs such as SmartRegs, marijuana energy offsets, zero waste ordinance, etc.
Electric utility development (colloquially referred to as “muni”)
Continued efforts to separate from Xcel and establish city-run utility
Progress: City, Xcel in October reached agreements on separation as mandated by Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Council re-authorized condemnation of Xcel’s assets in December if parties couldn’t agree on costs.
For 2019: Condemnation could begin after Feb. 1; continued council updates anticipated
Goal to eliminate traffic-related serious injuries and fatalities
Progress: Vision Zero formally adopted in March; 140 changes at high-crash intersections; education campaign; council held study session on progress in Oct.
For 2019: Action plan finalized, to council by end of March
Transportation Master Plan Update
Regular update of city’s transportation vision and values
Progress: Council discussed at Vision Zero session in Oct.
For 2019: Ongoing public engagement; council study session by mid-year. Finalized plan update is scheduled for July/August consideration by TAB, council.
Open Space Mountain Parks Master Plan
Regular update of strategy for Boulder’s open space and parks
Progress: Focus areas OK’d by council in July, followed by public engagement
For 2019: Joint study session with council, Open Space Board by mid-year to discuss priorities and financials; draft master plan to council in summer/fall for review via information packet. Final master plan approval to follow.
Establishing a city-owned fiber internet network
Progress: Council in June OK’d debt financing to fund the construction of the network’s backbone. In December, Denver-based Magellan Advisors was tapped for its design. Operation model is still being discussed.
For 2019: Anticipated council discussion in late summer/fall
Housing Advisory Board
Create a board to advise council on housing issues
Progress: Created and filled in April; ballot measure OK’ed adding two seats to the board
For 2019: Feb. 5 first consideration of an ordinance to add two members to board; second reading and public hearing scheduled for March 5.
Commercial Linkage Fees
Increase the amount developers pay into the affordable housing fund for new projects
Progress: Upped in April to $30 per sq ft
For 2019: NA; priority achieved