Our community needs a voice in Boulder.
Today’s zoning and land-use regulations are born of a mid-twentieth century fixation on privacy, individualism, and the automobile. These laws, and the social norms which surround them, make it very difficult to create community oriented living situations not just in Boulder, but in many cities across the US. We are working together to change these laws and give more people the opportunity to learn about and experience a more shared existence.
We inform ourselves and others, and engage when decisions are made.
We closely follow issues going before Boulder’s City Council, and the way they impact community living, and keep our members up to date. We show up to participate in our geographic neighborhood associations, and build relationships with our neighbors. We engage in public processes like Housing Boulder, and stay connected to our elected and appointed local government officials, as well as city staff.
Since hosting a City Council candidate forum at the Rad-ish Collective in 2013, our community has become increasingly engaged in the City of Boulder’s housing policy deliberations. We’ve been lobbying Council directly and several of our members participated in the Citizen Working Groups that were part of Housing Boulder. We also engage directly with neighborhood associations and city staff.
For the last two years, most of this work has been done under the banner of Make Boulder Home, a campaign to legalize cooperative households, enable more accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and liberalize Boulder’s occupancy limits for unrelated people, while still addressing the valid quality of life concerns that many neighbors have through more effective enforcement of existing noise, trash, snow shoveling, and unkempt yard ordinances.
We are in the process of bringing that work under the umbrella of BoCHA, since it’s clearly going to be a longer term campaign. For now, see the Make Boulder Home site if you want more information, or check out our white paper on how to reform Boulder’s co-op ordinance so it actually works!