Lastly: Checking in on what this council has accomplished. Surprisingly, a lot (compared to the last council, at least, and in the context of a pandemic and a mass shooting)

Presentation here:…
This council started out with 12 priorities. COVID made 13.
7 have been completed; 3 more will be by the end of the year
Here's what they finished / will finish:
Racial equity - adopted plan
Boulder/Xcel partnership
CMAP - to be adopted August 2021
COVID - repeal of emergency declaration anticipated fall 2021
Financial strategy subcommittee launched
Homelessness - updated diversion and other strategies (more work to be done, as staff notes)
Housing - updated mobile home protections
Implemented police oversight
CU South - first reading scheduled for August 2021
Vision Zero - residential speed limits lowered
What didn't get done:
Community Benefit 2.0 - which we just discussed. Council is abandoning that

Use tables - delayed until project manager can be hired

East Boulder Subcommunity Plan - 90% done by end of 2021 (council review July 27)
All these projects were impacted by staff reductions. All were also the realm of the planning department.
Council added 3 new, major workplan items:
Gunbarrel subcommunity plan - “will be considered” as the next one in 2022, after East Boulder

Occupancy limits - “baseline” info and data requested on Boulder's approach, case studies of peer cities
And Hill response / nuisance ordinance, which the city is calling “quality of life improvement project." The Hill riot moved this up as a priority, but we've seen lots of issues brought up during the Marpa House project.
Some more info on that one: The Hill Revitalization Working Group has pivoted entirely to this project; Amanda Nagl with Unlocking Gov’t has been contracted for 18-month strategy and cops in July started 90-day data collection and enforcement pilot focused on nuisance violations
"The city will collect and analyze data, research best practices, and pilot enforcement and education programs to determine and implement a productive path forward”
CU has developed Hill Community Action Plan that I read through today. It's a lot about student education and discipline, working with the city and landlords, etc.
To be fair, those 3 things — Hill behavior, Gunbarrel subcommunity plan and occupancy — are actually not workplan items, but council was still concerned about them getting done.

It's a meaningless distinction for you, dear reader.
Some other new stuff they wanted to get done but aren't really (or at least not yet)
Cannabis hospitality - recommendation Jan 2022 at the earliest
Neighborhood infill pilot project - no staff time to do this
911 mental health response - city will reassess after 12-18 month pilot of increased enforcement on unhoused camps (downtown ambassadors, park rangers, BTHERE, etc.)
That's the new approach to removing camps that council settled on earlier this year.…
So basically, they're gonna see how that works before they decide to do anything else with mental health (even tho enforcement was about homelessness, not mental health). Brockett had suggested a pilot program for non-police response to mental health emergencies.
Denver has one such program, and it's going so well that other cities are looking at and writing about it.…
As Denverite reported, no one the response team met with was arrested or jailed in the first 6 months.…
Boulder turned this down bc they were like, how do we measure success? What data would we be collecting? Idk, so many questions, better not do it.

We do have a smaller version of co-response (EDGE) but it's not the same.
Friend asking (I think) about the pilot for the Hill pilot
Brockett making my point: Why is the encampment pilot related to the 911 mental health response work? It's only tangentially related. I'd like to visit this again in January, not in 18 months.
Police Chief Maris Herold: There is a team (CERT) that responds with officers on mental health and behavioral health calls. We're doing a detailed analysis now of how many of those calls we get. If the police are not needed, CERT sends them to other calls for service.
That was actually in response to a Young q, not Brockett's.
But Herold says the eventual hope is to have crisis-trained officers that will respond with CERT.
Which kinda goes with enforcement of camps, bc that whole pilot is *really* about "managing" unhoused folks in public spaces. Staff trying answer qs (and council trying to ask them) without making that link explicit.
There's a lot of paraphrasing in there, just FYI. I wish I could be more precise, but it was confusing.
Friend asking about extra listening sessions, now that the CU South draft annexation agreement is out:…
Public input now being accepted. First reading is next Tuesday; Planning Board public hearing next Thursday.

Council public hearing Sept. 7.
Friend: It's a big accomplishment to get this annexation agreement.
Weaver: We got a lot done. So I think council will have more room to do new stuff.
That's the end of this one.
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Next: Community Benefit 2.0
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In the past, the only way to go above the zoned height limit (but still under 55 feet!) was kinda on a case-by-case basis, through site review.

Around 2015, there were a lot of 55 ft buildings going up, and council was like *clutches pearls*
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Moving on to Diagonal Plaza. You can read about this here:…
Or follow along with the city's presentation:…
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Community Benefit 2.0
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One tiny little detail has stuck with me: A sermon in which a preacher says that worrying means you don't have enough faith in God.
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It also separates people from control of/responsibility for their emotions and experiences. Got a problem? Give it to Jesus.
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Next: Parking. We're focusing on two areas right now - pricing and neighborhood parking permits.

Staff presentation:…
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