MY POSITION ON HOUSING DENSITY, AND HOW WE CAN DO IT
As a resident in the Uptown Broadway neighborhood in North Boulder, I love living in a close-knit community that has access to shopping, great restaurants and bars, mass transit, and Open Space. East Boulder, in particular, seems to be a likely candidate for increased density. One step I think will help in this area is a focus on housing incentives for some of our commercial zones in those areas. This includes density bonuses that make it feasible to develop a more affordable mix of units. I also think we can explore the purchase of our existing housing stock to avoid expensive remodels that only add the price of single-family homes. Another option is to expand the opportunity to add alternative dwelling units (ADUs), otherwise known as “granny-flats,” to existing single family residents. At the same time, we need to be sensitive to neighborhood concerns about higher density uses. It starts with planning processes that are transparent and collaborative with a focus on comprehensive sub-community planning that considers both neighborhood interests and wider community goals.