Boulder big home ban rejected, but council urges action
Boulder will not pursue a moratorium on homes of a certain size, city council decided Tuesday night, but will act quickly to develop regulations that will encourage smaller dwellings and may include a cap on how big houses can be.
Council began exploring the issue — which has been a stated concern for the past few years — in September. Two weeks later, an emergency vote and public hearing was scheduled at councilwoman Lisa Morzel’s request. If passed, it would have temporarily banned homes over 3,500 square feet in lower-density zoning districts.
A moratorium was abandoned after pushback over the lack of public process, but with a promise that the topic would be revisited. Staff brought back the option Tuesday, along with two ways to tackle large homes over the long term: the initial plan of public engagement, board feedback and council action, with implementation by fall 2109 ; or a two-phase approach that would stretch through December 2019.
That would put the large homes discussion on the plate of a new council, something current members felt would hinder progress. At least one sitting council person will be absent: Morzel, who is term-limited.
A majority of the council also did not feel comfortable reviving the moratorium or pursuing, as staff phrased it, other “interim regulation.”
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