Thursday, March 13, 2008

Update...

by Osman Parvez
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Just a note: There is no public participation at the meeting tonight because it is only a study session. No formal action will take place but it's a great opportunity to learn more about the issue. You can show up any time to attend the meeting.



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3 comments:

  1. hey there-

    will you be posting your thoughts on the ConocoPhillips deal? we would love to read what you are thinking!

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  2. Osman, I'm not sure if you made it to the meeting tonight or not, but I was there. The city council means business. At least 5 of the city council members were in agreement that the revised FAR should be lowered to .35 including garage space... thats right, from where it is currently at .8 to .35. This is not even the worst of it. Deputy Mayor Crystal Gray asked numerous questions to the city attorneys regarding the steps that would need to be taken in order to push through an "emergency ordinance." The simple reply was that such an emergency ordinance could be passes after recommendations from the planning board, and a 2/3 majority vote from city council. It is likely that such an interim "emergency" ordinance may come into effect as early as next Tuesday's public hearing. This is at an absolute outrage, as well as a serious assault on property rights, and personal rights. The .35 FAR will directly affect approximately 36% of all single family homes in Boulder, and indirectly affect all the others. Just as an example, a 50ft by 125ft Newlands lot would be limited to an above grade floor area of 2187sqft, including a 2 car garage. We need to do all we can to get the word out that the city council is seriously attempting to stifle ANY AND ALL FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN BOULDER. We need to take up arms against our would be oppressors, and show them that we will NOT let them loot our rights.

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  3. Re: Conoco Phillips. The potential impact is huge. I will be posting something shortly. Thanks for the reminder.

    Mark: Dallice and I were both at the meeting. When I heard the 0.35 ratio being discussed, my jaw dropped. You've written a good synopsis. If you don't mind, I'll use it for the basis of my post today.

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