Foundry Group Urges Boulder To VOTE NO on 300 and 301

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This year’s local election in Boulder is a critical one. The city that we love risks shutting its doors. While the business community in Boulder has contributed immeasurably to the vibrancy, charitable contribution base, economic development, and success of our community, there is a faction in Boulder that feels that our city should stop moving forward and instead should live in the past. This faction believes in a less inclusive Boulder and aims to achieve this goal by literally shutting the doors to our city.

This is what is behind propositions 300 and 301 which are proposed amendments to the city’s charter.   

This faction is well organized and well funded and the slogans make it sound reasonable.  But make no mistake:  the goal is to immediately freeze all development of all types around the city by enveloping the city a bundle of political red tape.  

In the coming days, Boulder residents will be asked to vote on the following:

#300 – Neighborhood Right to Vote on Land Use Regulation

#301 – New Development Shall Pay Its Own Way

These initiatives must be voted down.

While innocuous sounding, the names of these initiatives completely misrepresent their intent and the dire consequences that would result if they are enacted. The truth is that neighborhoods already do have a say in projects that affect them, and developers already do pay some of the highest fees and taxes in the country.  

Effectively, these proposals will create 60+ neighborhoods in Boulder.  Can you imagine what would happen if we had that many homeowner associations that had the power to hold special elections and veto land use changes approved by city council? The smallest of those neighborhoods would be comprised of just 19 houses. That’s not “local control” (which already exists), that’s a deliberate attempt to create gridlock.

These initiatives will immediately freeze important infill development, including affordable housing, transit-oriented development, neighborhood serving retail, social service centers, and day care centers. The city manager has stated that the city will stop issuing permits of any kind for at least six months while they figure out what these initiatives mean and how to implement them. Once they do start reissuing permits, these initiatives will force the city to levy such high taxes and fees that development will effectively stop in Boulder. This will stop our city in its tracks and greatly exacerbate an already expensive housing market.

These measures are opposed by six former mayors, all nine City Council members, numerous former city council members, Boulder Housing Partners, The Daily Camera, and numerous civic groups like Open Boulder, the Boulder Chamber, Better Boulder,  and others.  Open Boulder executive director Andy Schultheiss has called them “among the worst pieces of public policy I’ve seen in almost 25 years of observing and participating in local policy-making.”

It’s critically important that we defeat these measures. To do that we need to get the word out to those in our community who want Boulder to continue to be a vibrant city. The sad irony is that those promoting these measures have the time and organization to put towards pressing their backward and closed agenda while many who oppose it are busy helping keep Boulder prosperous by creating jobs and economic growth.

This is a battle we can’t afford to lose. Please take a minute to help us get the word out. Send it to your friends via email and social media. Urge your neighbors to vote and make sure you vote yourself. With ballots mailed out this week many in our community will be voting in the next seven days (over 50% of ballots are returned within a week of their being sent out).

#keepboulderopen

Seth, Jason, Brad, Ryan

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Below are some suggested tweets or Facebook posts should you chose to share them:

Click to Tweet: I agree with @foundrygroup. 300 and 301 will have devastating effects on boulder. VOTE NO on both! #keepboulderopen http://bit.ly/1ReQamJ

Click to Tweet: I stand for keeping the doors to boulder open. VOTE NO on 300 and 301. #keepboulderopen http://bit.ly/1ReQamJ

Click to Tweet: In boulder’s upcoming election we’ll decide if we want to live in the past or continue to thrive. #keepboulderopen http://bit.ly/1ReQamJ

  • conorop

    Outsider here. What are the pain points the opposition is feeling that caused them to propose these bills? It’s clearly an overboard reaction to some feeling.

    • From what I can tell there has been a long period of no building (great recession) followed by a boom of building, especially commercial.

      People tired of noise + people that want to see no new people + people that bought their house for $50k and complain that they have to pay taxes on a million $ house…

      • conorop

        Thanks!

  • Sue

    I’m feeling nervous that this conversation is not reaching the raft of people that it needs to reach to really penetrate and rally the less organized younger folks in our city. Just wondering. If we could do anything that scaled > hand-to-hand conversations and more deeply than social to reach our 21-30yo residents, what would it be? Something people could attend, a small, cool benefit/thing people could get if they simply said “yes, i voted” (honor system, and doesn’t matter how). Goal is to increase the power of this call to action. I think there’s an idea here…I haven’t settled on it…

  • Tom Blue – Lead411

    voted and promoted

  • channel_one_networks

    I always love it when you put up these ridiculous propositions. Did you really go to MIT?? or is that a Steve Jobs Joke. By looks of your response here. You are not doing great on this one. But I really get your act… I do. Things are not going to spin your way though. Look at the comments here. Nobody gives a shit. Also they are not from here. They are all minimalists. not residents. not voters. They don’t own homes here. they are not raising families here. they are citizens of the world not citizens of Boulder. Boulder is just another airport stop. Kind of like you. You just registered to vote and you have lived here since 1995? seriously. Jobs vs home are 3 to 1 this year. The density is choking the downtown area. It is overbuilt right now. Whats more the recent city councils picked apart the Danish Plan and the Master Plan. With Planning they allowed the developers to build unopposed in the city. Now they have people so pissed off.. before this is over you will see the city manager fired, the planning department chair fired and a whole new non growth council in place. You guys in your entitled little startup world do not represent the masses in Boulder. You represent maybe 10%. But as Boom Boom Becky said you people don’t vote… You drink beer, make money and fuck around.. Hey I don’t fault you for trying… it is your job .. you are building companies… But boulder doesn’t not give a fuck…. You can move TechStars and Foundry group to Broomfield tomorrow and you won’t be missed. Boulder is a small Western university city with a big university and large Government labs that sustain the city. Boulder is purposefully low density, un-urban city., We have been designing it that way since 1905. Here is my suggestion. Start to move your companies east to Gunbarrel. Try to buy the IBM Facility which was designed in 1955 to house 6500 employees. It could easily be rebuilt as a campus for 20,000. It has a straight shot to I 25 and the county. Light rail can come in there no problem and you decongest the downtown area. At the same time you stop pissing everybody off and come to a place spiritually where you want to be. Nirvana. Boulder is our Shangri La under the F
    lat Irons right? That is why you guys moved here. you also need to remember who runs this place. You don’t . You are transient entrepreneurs.. which incidentally is part of the Boulder fabric. But stop being confused .. Boulder is not Palo alto, New york or San Francisco. It bristles at people who want to urbanize it. Boulder is a spiritual wilderness mecca. Move your businesses to Gunbarrel or out east. But you have run smack dab into thousands of residents who live here to get away from Urbanization.. Be cool.

  • Government speak was new to me until I read George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and Ayn Rand. Good luck. I see one of your commenters doesn’t see the big picture.

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