On January 23rd, 2018, Boulder City Council held a study session to look at the creation of a new Housing Advisory Board. The video of their discussion can be seen here (it starts about 1 hour and 23 minutes in)
The information packet for the study session can be found on the City’s website here. The BoCHA Advocacy Committee submitted the comments below to Council in advance of their discussion.
[Update 2018-01-24] Council gave Staff direction to create a board with 5 members initially, one of whom must be a renter, and one of whom must be a home owner. No specific professional expertise or experience in housing, real estate, finance, etc. will be required. The board will serve a policy advisory role, as the Transportation Advisory Board and many other boards do. It will work closely with the Planning Board and the City’s Technical Review Group, which allocates City affordable housing funds. Council intends to run a ballot measure in the fall that would amend the City Charter to allow the board to have 7 voting members, and appoint the additional two members either in the fall, or next year, should the ballot measure pass.
This year’s appointments (of all 5 members, with staggered terms) will happen alongside all the other board and commission appointments on March 20th. Applications are due February 16th. However, the application to serve on the Housing Advisory Board is still in the process of being created by City Staff. If you’re interested in serving on the HAB, please email your name, address, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest, and they will notify you as soon as the application is available.
We especially encourage lower income residents, people of color, renters, and folks who can bring a student’s perspective to Boulder’s housing issues to apply! If you want to discuss Boulder’s current housing situation and policy context, please feel free to reach out to us at: email@example.com
Dear City Council,
As you consider the creation, mission, and composition of a new Housing Advisory Board (HAB) at your study session tonight, we offer some brief thoughts based on our last 5 years of advocacy and policy work related to affordable and sustainable housing in Boulder: