Land use and Zoning

I support rapid reductions in Boulder’s greenhouse gas emissions, walk-able city neighborhoods, complete streets, and great alternative transportation options.  To the extent that sensible and sensitive density increases help achieve these goals, I support them as one tool among many.  Dense environments can benefit from better public transit, lower energy use per area, and an easier time walking and biking to destinations.  Much of the City core is already dense, either through multi-family dwellings in what were once single-family areas (Whittier and Goss-Grove for example), or by OAUs and ADUs.  Opportunity for increasing the efficiency of land use exists in North, South, and East Boulder with traditional suburban layouts.   Boulder has 10 identified sub-communities in the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, and I support sub-community planning which includes neighborhood-level stakeholder engagement to explore what the local desires are regarding the potential for additional density through zoning changes.  I also support all growth paying its way towards public infrastructure, specifically commercial development being required to pay for its impacts on housing affordability through linkage fees. While I am not sure there is an ideal population in Boulder (that is for each generation to decide) I am sure there is an ideal Boulder footprint defined by open space and height limits.