Public Affairs Update

Public Affairs Update……………………………………………..…………………………….August 8, 2018

  • NAR and GAO Discuss Fannie, Freddie
  • REALTORS® Advise on Appraisal Process
  • New: Endangered Species Act Reforms
  • ‘A Strong Shift in Housing Demand’
  • More Young Americans Joining the Real Estate Industry
  • Business Commercial (BC) Zoning Code Amendment
  • The Boulder County Official Floodplain Map is available online
  • Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday September 5, 2018 from Noon to 1:00pm at BARA
  • In Case You Missed It

 

NAR and GAO Discuss Fannie, Freddie
Staff from NAR's federal advocacy team met with analysts from the Government Accounting Office to discuss the current state of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship and its impact on the real estate market. [Source: NAR Update 08-03-2018]

 

REALTORS® Advise on Appraisal Process
NAR members, including appraisers and agents, participated in an NAR-hosted stakeholder roundtable with Fannie Mae in the NAR Washington, D.C., offices. [Source: NAR Update 08-03-2018]

 

New: Endangered Species Act Reforms
An Endangered Species Act modernization package has been introduced to provide important reforms to some of the problematic components of the act. [Source: Nar Update 07-20-2018]

 

'A Strong Shift in Housing Demand’

The U.S. Census Bureau has released insights on new home sales for June. Click through to learn what experts say about where the market is turning.​ » READ MORE [Source: DSNews.com 07-26-2018]

 

More Young Americans Joining the Real Estate Industry

Housing shortages and sky-high prices seem not to bother would-be agents one bit, according to a survey, which shows a 6 percent rise in realtors over 2017. One particular demographic is fanning that growth. [Source: DSNews.com 08-02-2018]

 

Business Commercial (BC) Zoning Code Amendment

On July 17, 2018, the Boulder City Council adopted on first reading an ordinance that would restrict the use of the ground floor of buildings in the Business Commercial (BC) zones to non-residential uses. Staff’s understanding of council’s rationale for this proposed change is that redevelopment of the ground floor in these zones as entirely residential would conflict with the BC zones’ stated purpose, which is “to provide the community a wide range of retail and commercial uses” (BRC, Section 9-5-2(c)(2)(H)).  Based on this concern, city staff was instructed to prepare an ordinance that restricts the ground floor in these zones to non-residential uses. If approved by City Council, it would apply to new buildings or proposed conversions of ground floor spaces in the BC zones.

 

Planning Board is tentatively scheduled to review, conduct a public hearing, and make a recommendation to council on the draft ordinance on Sept. 6.  Second reading and a public hearing at City Council will be scheduled following the Planning Board and will likely include a discussion of amendments that would adjust the reach and effect of the ordinance.  Property owners and other stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the proposed ordinance by attending the Planning Board and/or City Council hearings or by conveying comments to the Planning Board at boulderplanningboard@bouldercolorado.gov or City Council at council@bouldercolorado.gov. [Source: City of Boulder 07-25-2018]

 

The Boulder County Official Floodplain Map is available online

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Transportation received approval from the Board of County Commissioners for Docket Z-17-0002: Zoning Map Amendments to the Floodplain Overlay District Based on CHAMP Phase II Floodplain Mapping and other best available information after a public hearing on July 24, 2018. The resulting floodplain map amendments include the following changes to the Boulder County Official Floodplain Map:

Stream Reaches with Updates Effective Aug. 1, 2018

  • Fourmile Creek
  • Geer Canyon
  • Gold Run
  • Left Hand Creek
  • Little Thompson River
  • Lower Fourmile Canyon Creek (below Anne U. White trailhead)
  • James Creek
  • North St. Vrain Creek (at Longmont Dam Road)
  • St. Vrain Creek Floodway

 Stream Reach with Updates Effective Oct. 1, 2018

  • Lower Boulder Creek Floodway (Kenosha Rd./115th St. to East County Line Rd.)

The Boulder County Official Floodplain Map is available at https:\bit.ly\\2JUvl6g and from the Boulder County Floodplain Management webpage.

Additional information is available on the Land Use Docket Z-17-0002 webpage and the Floodplain Remapping Project webpage. [Source: Boulder County 08-01-2018]

 

Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday September 5, 2018 from Noon to 1:00pm at BARA

Guest Speaker

John Tayer, President and C.E.O. of the Boulder Chamber

 

What John will present

The Boulder Chamber is proud to announce the launch of “Boulder Together,” a multi-year initiative designed to make positive progress in three areas of economic and community need: affordable housing, mobility and workforce development.

 

The Boulder Together program has been in development over the last two years through conversations with a wide spectrum of community members and business leaders. We found great consistency in the feedback we received from these stakeholder groups, with particular concern about the impacts that high housing costs and difficult commutes are having on our workforce.

 

“These have been mounting issues of concern for our community," Boulder Chamber President John Tayer said. "Housing and transportation challenges are now starting to have an impact on the ability of businesses to access the talent they need to succeed. It's time for business leadership in addressing these issues." 

Read the Daily Camera’s recent article about Boulder Together here.

 

“Boulder Together” is a very important private sector effort to address critical regional issues affecting our communities and market areas.

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Coming October 3, 2018, Boulder City Council Member and Realtor® Jill Grano

 

In Case You Missed It