There is no public comment at the meeting on Tuesday December 6th so there is only one way to reach Boulder City Council directly: email.
We’re shooting for 250 emails before the meeting –
please email firstname.lastname@example.org and bcc email@example.com (so we can track the numbers).
In October, city council took a big step toward a co-op ordinance that works, proposing to allow co-ops to have enough people (12 residents in low density areas and 15 elsewhere) for communities to thrive.
At the same time, council set up restrictions (like a 500 foot separation between co-ops and a minimum home size of 2,000 square feet for rental co-ops) that leave less than 1% of the city’s homes available for co-ops to take root.
- Co-ops need homes. A rigid 500 foot separation requirement leaves less than 1% of the city’s homes for co-ops. Please move to a more workable standard, like one per block (e.g. 3 co-ops in 500 foot radius or 1 co-op within a 300 foot radius).
- Rental co-ops need homes too. A minimum home size of 2,000 square feet bars co-ops from nearly three quarters of single family rentals – let’s stick to a more reasonable minimum of 1,500 square feet, which keeps half of those rentals available for co-ops.
- Larger co-ops can improve neighborhoods. Larger co-ops of up to 16 people, like the Chrysalis Co-op that started the West Whittier Neighborhood EcoPass program, can contribute greatly to their neighborhoods without disrupting them.
- Flexibility is key to the longevity of co-ops. From accommodating life changes – like a new partner moving in or housemate leaving for a new city – to defining a co-op’s mission and decision-making process, co-ops need flexibility to survive long-term.
Other ways to take action
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