726 of your neighbors have already signed the petition to

Preserve Our Zoning!

The Boulder City Council has decided to not proceed with increasing density in the RE & RR zones at this time.

Public outcry combined with the Preserve Our Zoning petition played a major part in the City Council’s decision to not move forward with the density increase at this time. Please sign the petition below to continue showing the City Council our desire to save our neighborhoods.

This was a major victory for all the neighborhoods in Boulder. It shows what our participation can accomplish.

To be added to the Preserve Our Zoning update list click on contact at the top of the page and send an email.

But we must remain vigilant. The upcoming City Council election is very important. The make up of the next City Council may very well determine the future of all our neighborhoods. Just because this issue has been dropped for now doesn’t mean it’s dead. There are strong forces that want to bring it back.  I’m counting on all citizens of Boulder, including the 726 people who signed the Preserve Our Zoning petition, to do their research and vote for the right candidate. 

I’m endorsing the following candidates for City Council. Thank you, Casey Cook  

Bob Yates                           

Susan Peterson

Adam Swetlik

Corina Julca

Mark Wallach

Brian Dolan

For those of you who weren’t aware of this issue this is what the City was planning. 

The City of Boulder is planning big changes for our neighborhoods. The City wants to dramatically increase the population density in our RE and RR zones. If you received the PRESERVE OUR ZONING postcard in the mail you probably live in either of these two zones. The mailing list was targeted for these areas.

Phase One
The City wants to allow each and every lot, in these zones, to add two detached Accessory Dwelling Units. That’s a small house known as an ADU.

Another plan would be to allow, on each lot, with restrictions, a conversion of the existing house, allowing it to become a duplex or a triplex.

Imagine if every house in your neighborhood adds one of these options. Let’s use the triplex option as an example. Figure a minimum of two people of driving age living in each unit. In addition to the existing cars, that adds four new cars to your neighborhood for just one lot. Is there room on your street for parking all those extra cars? Consider the added daily road use of each of those cars. Oh, and the little things, like all those extra barking dogs.

As of now there is no mention of affordable housing in Phase One. The affordable housing issue is what started this whole idea. Now it’s not even included in Phase One. UPDATE, As of the Planning Board meeting of 8/22 agenda information packet there are some considerations for affordable.

So far the City’s plan looks like this:

Phase One
The ADU, duplex, triplex concept is the first step. They plan to move fast here. Some council members pushing high density won’t be around after this fall’s election so they want to push it through now.

Planning board hearings start mid August and council would vote on it in September.

Phase Two
The City’s goal is to allow up to six houses on 30,000 sq ft lots. Two houses on 15,000 sq ft lots. Plans aren’t clear what increases would be allowed on smaller lots.
Let’s examine the six houses on a 30,000 sq ft lot option. Adding five houses to the lot, again using the two people of driving age per each house number. That’s adding ten additional cars for just one lot. The impact on parking and traffic is obvious. And that’s just from one lot. Do you want this on your street? Any of the Phase One or Phase Two plans would dramatically increase density in our neighborhoods.

Obviously, increased density means increased traffic and congestion in our neighborhoods. Not to mention, adding to the problem city wide.

Traffic and congestion is already at peak levels. Anyone who tries to move around this town knows that.

How can City Council talk about trying to solve our traffic and congestion issues one day and then the next day talk about a density increase of this magnitude? It makes no sense.

The goal of PRESERVE OUR ZONING is to provide an online petition stating our support to keep the current zoning. As residents of the RE and RR zones, please sign this petition. This will be presented to the Boulder City Council and the Boulder Planning Board.

Emails to the city council are another way to voice our opinion.

To date the City has not conducted a statistically valid survey of residents in the RE and RR zones about this issue. Could it be they already know what the result would be and don’t like the answer?

Phase two will be decided by the new City Council. That’s why signing the petition is so important. Council candidates will have to state their position on high density during this fall’s campaign and it’s important for us to express our opinion in large numbers. We can decide who gets on the new council.

If you would like to receive project updates please send an email to preserveourzoning@gmail.com with your request.

City of Boulder zoning map can be viewed by using this link.

Thanks for Your Interest - Please Sign

Thank you for your interest in the RE and RR zones of Boulder, CO. We appreciate your support!




Boulder City Council person Bob Yates shared these tips on how to get your message through to City Council.

  • Volume matters: The more emails and other communications city council members receive, the more likely they are going to be persuaded.
  • Be personal: While it takes a bit more time, it is far more impactful to a council member if you write to him or her directly, rather than sending a single email to all of council. On average, we receive about 200 emails a week, more than 90 percent of which are addressed to council at large. I always pay a bit more attention to an email addressed solely to me (Dear Bob…) and I’m more likely to respond. Needless to say, the same email can be sent to each of the eight of us (we won’t know).
  • Be unique: If you simply cut and paste something that someone else has written, the recipient will probably not read it after he or she has seen the same thing multiple times. While Larry’s email is great, it’s Larry’s email. Each resident should say, in his or her own words, why the proposal is not acceptable. If you are encouraging a large number of people to write, you can share with them talking points that explain the proposition but then ask them to write, in their own voice, how it will impact them adversely and personally.
  • Email: Generally speaking, email is fine. We don’t get much snail mail and it is delivered to us only once a week on Tuesday nights, while we are sitting on the dais. Although the rarity of snail mail could, I suppose, cause it to have a bigger impact, I’m not sure it’s worth the extra effort, especially since you’d have to send eight separate letters.


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