Boulder seeking feedback on land use code projects

If you go

What: What‘s Up Boulder

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6700 Oreg Ave., Boulder

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Boulder is seeking community feedback on three projects related to the city‘s land use code, one of .

The first is a project meant to align the use table and standards with the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, as well as make technical changes to make the use table and standards more accessible.

Residents are asked to consider 15-minute neighborhoods, meaning neighborhoods where people live or work within a 15-minute walk of goods, services and transit; people conducting a profession from home offices; live-work spaces that combine business and residential uses; maker-spaces; and coworking spaces. They are also asked to prioritize a variety of land uses and where they would like to see them.

This project will extend into 2020 — though one portion of the project is on a faster track: the . Council imposed a moratorium on demolition and development in the federal opportunity zone, a tract of land generally between 55th and 28th streets and Diagonal Highway and Arapahoe Avenue, to protect the vision laid out in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.

Council is scheduled to discuss potential land use code amendments in the zone at their meeting this Tuesday, including the creation of a new use category.

The second is a project to examine what regulatory rules council might use to address the demolition of small homes to make way for construction of large homes that are less affordable and do not align with the city‘s energy conservation goals.

Questions gauge residential support for more smaller homes on lots; tiny homes; maximum square foot caps; adjusted floor-area ratio, meaning the ratio between the home‘s floor area and the lot size; and the types of housing and development in particular zone types. The project will continue into late 2019.

The third is a project that examines what benefits developers might be able to provide in exchange for an additional story or two, up to 55 feet, such as affordable housing, affordable commercial space or space for the arts.

“We‘re looking at a number of things that could actually be put into the code that would be triggered if a project were to go over the height limit, (up to 55 feet),” senior planner Karl Guiler said.

Residents can connect with city staff at What‘s Up Boulder, a citywide open house, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6700 Oreg Ave. They can also provide input through .

Community outreach will continue as the projects progress.

“This is an important phase, but community outreach is going to continue,” Guiler said.