Gov’t watch: April 10, 2024

What your local officials are up to


Boulder City Council 

At the April 18 meeting, council will: 

  • Vote on a number of items, including: Transferring the property at 925-933 Marine St. used for permanently affordable emergency transitional housing for families to the nonprofit Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), which has leased the space since 1981; Authorizing Flatirons Habitat for Humanity to build 12 permanently affordable homes at 4475 North Broadway as part of the Ponderosa Community Stabilization Project; Settling a lawsuit with Joslynn Montoya and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) for $75,000. CCDC and Montoya, who is deaf, filed the lawsuit in 2023, claiming the city had violated her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminated against her when police didn’t provide a sign language interpreter during an interaction at a domestic violence shelter and ultimately removed her children from her custody. 
  • Hold a public hearing and vote on the city’s 2024 energy conservation code. Among the biggest changes from the 2020 code is the requirement for most new construction and major renovations to have all electric equipment and appliances. Some exceptions would be permitted, such as natural gas appliances in commercial kitchens. 
  • Hear an update and recommendations for next steps on Boulder Social Streets, a project that aims to “reimagine downtown streets as welcoming spaces to gather, attend events and connect.”

ICYMI: Council set its priorities for the next two years at its retreat April 3 and 4. Council’s 11 priorities included homelessness programs, economic development, increasing council member pay and updating the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, the Daily Camera reports.  

Boulder County Commissioners

During the week of April 15, commissioners will:

  • Hold a public hearing on the new Integrated Weed Management Plan (3 p.m., April 16). The proposed plan would reduce herbicide use by 50% by 2030 and eliminate aerial spraying by helicopter, though it would allow for some aerial spraying by drone. Climate action groups have opposed the plan and say they want the county to eliminate all herbicide use on public lands. A final vote is scheduled for May 21.
  • Hold a public hearing and vote on the Sherwood Creek Restoration project (9 a.m., April 18) The project, located just north of Nederland, aims to restore ecological function to a portion of the creek that is currently impacted by historic mining activities. 


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