As a member of Boulder’s City Council, I will work to:
Create a more inclusive community
- Create more affordable housing and more housing choices for a variety of incomes.
Housing prices are going up rapidly in Boulder, and we need to ensure that we provide housing for lower- and middle-income residents, as well as for families and seniors. This is a huge problem with no single solution. We should work to increase the supply of affordable housing including a variety of housing types such as townhouses and duplexes that are attractive to families. We should preserve existing lower-cost housing stock by preventing it from being torn down and replaced by high-end buildings. We should add more housing choices: we can allow owners to add granny flats to their single-family houses; we can add opportunities for multi-generational housing; and at least in some neighborhoods, we can allow more people to live together to create community and reduce housing costs.
- Support our social service nonprofits.
Boulder has the good fortune to be a relatively affluent community, but our community still has many people who are in need. Let’s use some of our ample resources to support the nonprofits that are working hard to provide a safety net for our community. City government can take action by allocating additional funding for social service nonprofits and by focusing on what would support the neediest among us.
Ensure that what makes Boulder great stays great
- Support our vibrant business and start-up communities.
Boulder has an active entrepreneurial spirit that encompasses many different sectors. As a city, we should encourage and build on that innovative spirit. A strong job base and economy create the revenue the city needs to fund the services that benefit us all.
- Increase support for culture and the arts.
Boulder has a dynamic artistic and cultural community with many extraordinary people working in all art forms. City government should support these individuals and groups by removing barriers to success and by providing funding to and strengthening our public art program. I will work to include public art in new development, enable public art in spaces where it isn’t currently allowed, and create opportunities for artists to perform and display their work in civic and public spaces.
- Improve trails and reduce environmental impact in Open Space.
Our city’s open space program is among the best in the world, a true community treasure. As we manage it for the future, we should seek to add more trails for different user groups while removing or redesigning existing trails that are poorly designed. If we do this well, we can increase recreation opportunities while reducing the overall environmental impact of our trail system. We should focus on opportunities for change in the north and east sections of the system where planning has not yet been finished.
Fight climate change at the local level
- Create more 15-minute neighborhoods.
If people live and work near the services they need, they don’t have to get in their cars to meet daily and weekly needs. I advocate creating neighborhoods that provide those services, putting jobs near housing and vice versa, and locating services near housing and jobs. Boulder residents should be able to walk and bike easily and pleasantly to take care of their regular needs. This is not feasible everywhere, but we should encourage this type of development when possible. As commercial areas redevelop, they should include services for nearby residential areas.
- Promote alternative transportation.
Boulder has great facilities for biking, walking, and taking transit. We should build on our successes and make these activities so pleasant, enjoyable, and convenient that Boulder residents who are able to do so would rather take alternative transportation than drive. City government can play a role by improving our walking, biking, and bus transit infrastructure and choices so that they make alternative transportation something residents look forward to, something that enhances our quality of life. We should also pursue creation of a community-wide EcoPass program.
- Maximize renewable energy.
Maximizing renewable energy is critical to our fight against climate change. In Boulder right now, our best bet is creating a municipal utility. A municipal utility would let us choose our power supply, give us local control over our energy, and give us the opportunity to innovate with our energy supply. But we must be able to do it in a way that doesn’t bankrupt the city or burden our ratepayers with substantial rate increases. If that’s not possible or if the courts rule against us, we would need to find other ways to ensure we have clean electricity.
A copy of our report is filed with the City Clerk of the City of Boulder, Colorado.