Public Affairs Update - August 13, 2019

 Public Affairs Update August 13, 2019  Ken Hotard, Senior VP of Public Affairs August 13, 2019

  • 2019 August Congressional Recess Legislative Update
  • Use Tables & Standards and Opportunity Zone Code Amendments
  • Large Homes and Lots Code Amendments
  • Alpine-Balsam Area Plan: Upcoming Planning Board and City Council Meetings
  • In Case You Missed It

 2019 August Congressional Recess Legislative UpdateREALTORS® should directly engage with members of Congress who will be back in their districts in August during the congressional recess. Congress leaves town in August with three major issues affecting commercial and residential real estate transactions alike: flood insurance, GSE reform, and infrastructure.  NAR prepared below a set of talking points, fill-in-the blank press releases, flood insurance state reports, and a social media post sample/template to help you in your meetings with members of Congress during the August recess.Expand AllExecutive SummaryFill-in-the-Blank News ReleasesSample/Template Social Media PostsFlood Insurance Information Sheet by StateTallking Points: National Flood Insurance Program ReauthorizationTalking Points: GSE ReformTalking Points: Infrastructure[Source: NAR Update 08-09-2019] Use Table & Standards and Opportunity Zones Code AmendmentsThe proposed Use Table and Standards and the Opportunity Zone draft ordinances are scheduled for consideration by City Council on:

  • 6, 2019: City Council 1st Reading (no public hearing).
  • 13, 2019: Staff presentation and City Council questions for staff (no public hearing).
  • 27, 2019: City Council 2nd Reading, public hearing, and council deliberation. 

The staff memorandum, draft ordinance and materials can be found online in the Aug. 6, 2019, City Council Meeting Agenda. Information on the ongoing Use Table and Standards project can be found on the Use Table and Standards project webpage. [Source: City of Boulder 08-06-2019] Large Homes and Lots Code AmendmentsCity Council is considering potential changes to the RE (Residential Estate) and the RR (Residential Rural) zoning districts, to conditionally allow one additional Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on a given lot (two total ADUs per lot) and to conditionally allow the conversion of existing detached dwelling units into duplex or triplex units. The proposed changes are intended to align with the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) goals and policies for increased housing diversity and capacity as well as enabling more affordable housing options. Additional information can be found online at the Large Homes and Lots project website. Below are upcoming opportunities to learn more about the proposed draft ordinance and to provide feedback to the City Council, Planning Board and city staff:

  • 19, 2019: Open House.Come anytime between 3 and 7 p.m. Held at the Boulder Meeting of Friends, 1825 Upland Ave. City staff will be available to answer questions and provide information. Parking is available on the south side of Upland Avenue, in the parking lot of Crestview Park or at the Crestview Elementary School.
  • 22, 2019: Planning Board consideration and Public Hearing.
  • 17, 2019 (subject to change): City Council First Reading.
  • 1, 2019 (subject to change): City Council Second Reading and Public Hearing. [Source: City of Boulder 08-06-2019]

 Alpine-Balsam Area Plan: Upcoming Planning Board and City Council MeetingsStaff will present the draft area plan at the Aug. 15 Planning Board meeting and the Aug. 27 City Council meeting, which will include a public hearing. Staff will also present themes from recent community feedback, posted on the project webpage. After the August meetings, staff will make final refinements to the plan, with a goal of receiving council acceptance in October. [Source: City of Boulder 08-06-2019] Pizza & Public Affairs Wednesday September 4, 2019 Noon to 1:00pm at BARAIncentives for Owning Historic Homes in Louisville, Colorado Speaker: Felicity Velsoski, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Louisville.Louisville began as a modest mining town in 1878, and has evolved to become one of the most livable small towns in the United States. The preservation of historic resources is vital for maintaining Louisville’s small town character and offers an opportunity for the City to celebrate its past and ensure its heritage remains an important component of the community in the future. Louisville’s unique voluntary preservation program, funded by a dedicated sales tax, offers financial and zoning incentives to property owners who participate in the preservation program. Come learn more about the preservation program and opportunities available to property owners in the City of Louisville, including: 

  • Which properties are eligible for landmarking?
  • What does it mean to landmark a property in Louisville?
  • What financial incentives are available to property owners? How can a property owner use these funds?
  • What zoning incentives are available to historic properties?
  • Who can we contact to learn more about the program?

 Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about Historic Preservation incentives in Louisville. Also a great networking opportunity!RSVP TODAY! In Case You Missed It