It's a rare bit of pushback against neighborhood opposition to city projects or private development, which is... not rare.
The city council is "incredibly proud" of the new visitor center, including the restaurant, Yates reads. "The city council supports the democratic process through which the lease" with the restaurant operator was established.
Jump-starting this thread on the Boulder Rez resolution, bc it's so damned interesting and somewhat unprecedented. We rarely get pushback on neighbor opposition from the city.
Some background: The visitor center at the Rez got a serious redo in recent years, after the 2012 Parks & Rec master plan ID'd it as a need.
That included a restaurant/bar, to meet the goals of the 2017 concept plan for the new facility:
“extending shoulder season use opportunities, establishing partnerships with various groups to expand programming and offset construction and operating costs...
This is part of larger effort to stop unsheltered people from living in public places, including with increased removal of homeless camps. It was last discussed May 11 as part of annual homeless update. threadreaderapp.com/thread/1392280…
How the city's camping ban works right now is that it requires "activities of daily living" before cops can consider it violated, so they can't remove tents that aren't being lived/slept in overnight.
As a reminder, a call-up is where council votes to review a Planning Board decision. That doesn't necessarily mean they'll overturn it (that's incredibly rare) but they might want to have their own input.
Hello on this very hot Tuesday, #Boulder. It's city council night, and it's gonna be a long one.
Tonight we've got:
Ballot content (first reading)
Banning tents on public land (public hearing)
Discussion on extending the CCS tax this fall (putting q on ballots)
Also possible call-up of the Celestial Seasonings project / Spine Road (230 homes, library, cafe, etc.)
Update on the city attorney search
Resolution about the Boulder Rez, where neighbors recently shut down a series of nonprofit events
Oh, let's see what else...
A trio of law enforcement type changes. All fairly standard, we'll breeze through them.
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
CMAP - to be adopted August 2021
COVID - repeal of emergency declaration anticipated fall 2021
Financial strategy subcommittee launched
Some background: This project is tied to height limits. The citywide height limit (approved by voters) is 55 ft. But most areas of the city have a lower height limit by-right: That is, you can build to THAT without a special process.
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*