Moving on: Potential call-up of the partial redevelopment of Diagonal Plaza into housing — including affordable rentals from BHP, which has an adjacent community.

Hard to tell from the slides, but most of the building will be on surface parking. Only the vacant Sports Authority and the Walgreen's will be redeveloped in the actual Diagonal Plaza. (Walgreen's moving staff and Rx to their location like 3 blocks away)
It would also put two streets through the site, with sidewalks, trees, etc.
Unusual proposal in that developers have proposed two "options" — one with a fourth story and one without. The fourth story obviously allows for more housing (and affordable housing)
195 vs. 177 market-rate and 64 vs. 58 affordable
They would need a rezoning for what they're proposing, bc so much open space is required per unit. 2/3 of the site would have to be open space under current zoning, staff says.
Rezoning is quite atypical in the city, Planner Elaine McLaughlin says, without a look at underlying land use. This may not need 1 of our 6 criteria for rezoning.
So a simultaneous land use change and rezoning might be needed, McLaughlin says, which adds to the process.
Council redid zoning rules for shopping centers like this one, but they neglected to change open space requirements, severely limiting the amount of housing that can go there (which was a big point of the redo).…
Yates: I'd like to call this up. This is prob one of the most consequential land use decisions this council will be part of.
"I'm so delighted that someone has come forward with a proposal that does something different," Yates says. We have "acres" of parking there; the buildings are mostly empty and have been for a decade (or more).
This is just a concept plan, FYI, so a "visioning" of what will go there. No formal vote if/when council calls it up — just feedback.
Young: "We don't have an area plan" here, so "this site would be a catalyst and will sketch out what an area plan might have been like."
Wallach: "I would prefer to have an area plan, but I am loath to let this opportunity pass."
Weaver (joking): "I will miss the acres of undulating, cracked asphalt if something does go in here."
Weaver: It would be fantastic if other property owners on this site (there are, like, 17) would look at this and consider what they would like to do to follow this progress.
Unanimous decision to call this up. I have more to tweet but we're moving on!
I might have a few min: Boulder has tried to do something with Diagonal Plaza for a decade-plus. They considered designating it as blight (it met all the criteria from what I can see) but didn't ultimately do that.
Much study was done, and basically bc there are so many property owners, it would have to be an eminent domain situation. But the study also found that, under current zoning, some city subsidy or fancy tax action might be needed to spur development.
The city wasn't interested in that. It was a 5-4 vote. Basically, a lot of buildup all for nothing.
That's all I have time for! But I will be writing something soon-ish.
@threadreaderapp please unroll. Thank you!

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Shay Castle

Shay Castle Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @shayshinecastle

16 Jun
LAST item: Updating Boulder's eviction prevention services.

So No Eviction Without Representation was a citizen petition; it got amended and passed by voters then was renamed/expanded ---> Eviction Prevention Services, because it now included rental assistance.
Basically, provides rental assistance and legal representation to renters facing eviction through a $75 tax per unit of rental housing.

It's already been amended once to apply to mobile homes, and tonight will be extended further.
Read 34 tweets
16 Jun
Moving SO FAST. Next item is the vaping tax. Slides:…
I wrote about how this will impact pot shops, but the clarification is actually so the city can collect the tax from a whole bunch of retailers who sell vaping devices.…
That's because the current language explicitly says "tobacco retailers". But plenty of places sell vapes that's aren't explicitly tobacco retailers: Grocery stores, bars, liquor stores. And, of course, pot shops.
Read 130 tweets
16 Jun
Next: Public hearing on the landmarking of 96 Arapahoe Avenue, Nuzum's Nursery. Won't take long.

Here's the presentation. I have nothing to add.…
Actually, jk, I have these notes:
Nuzum’s Nursery - Now home to September School
Mid-century modern style (really?? Did you see those pictures??)
Built in 1940
Landmarks Board voted 5-0 to designate
THESE photos.
Read 7 tweets
16 Jun
City attorney search! We're getting announcement of finalists, I think (last time, for city manager finalists, I got a heads up, I believe)
I'm not salty or anything that I didn't get one this time.
Council interviewed 5 semi-finalists (whose identities won't be made public) out of ~12 applicants.
Read 8 tweets
16 Jun
Taking some time for Community Benefit right now. Wallach sent a long email highlighting his issues with this work, which is associated with height limits. (What developers have to do to build to 55 feet, the charter limit).
It's undercooked, Wallach says. Both the Chamber and PLAN have significant issues with it as well.

One of Wallach's is: Will nonprofits and small biz actually be able to afford the discount rents? (affordable commercial space is a proposed Community Benefit)
Reminder: Affordable housing already is one. This is Phase 2 of the work.
Read 60 tweets
16 Jun
We have moved on to the consent agenda. A few things will get some time. Appointing Planning Board members for CU South votes is the first.
Two current members are affiliated with CU and therefore recused: Lisa Smith and Lupita Montoya
Per staff: “An affirmative vote of at least four members is necessary to authorize any action of the board. The planning board’s role in an annexation and initial zoning is to make a recommendation to city council.”
Read 11 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!