Gov’t watch: Jan. 18, 2023

What your local elected officials are up to

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Boulder City Council

Reminder: At the Jan. 18 meeting, Council will: 

  • Discuss Safe Outdoor Spaces, also known as “alternative sheltering.” Council will direct the City Manager on how to proceed with the project. 
  • Hold a public hearing and vote on amending the Land Use Code to repeal the Residential Growth Management System which among other things, caps the city’s long-term growth at 1% per year. Local growth limits were outlawed by state legislation last year.  

At the Jan. 25 study session, Council will:

  • Receive an updated on key flood protection projects
  • Receive an update on the Colorado Legislative session and discuss the city’s lobbying plans and process

Council meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Watch on YouTube or Channel 8 (TV).

Boulder County Commissioners

The Boulder County Commissioners will hold public hearings and make decisions on Prairie Run Open Space (Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.) and a driveway east of the intersection of Magnolia Road and Old Whiskey Road where the property is zoned for forestry (Jan. 23, 1 p.m.) 

The management plan for the 1,377 acres of public land that will be Prairie Run Open Space includes “protection of wildlife habitat, the continuation of sustainable agriculture, and the restoration of wetlands and stream corridors” as well as a range of recreational activities, according to the advance agenda.

The commissioners will also hear a monthly update from the Head Start division in a public meeting (Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m) and meet with Mental Health Partners (Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m.). 

ICYMI: State of the State

by Sara Wilson, Colorado Newsline

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, as expected, underscored housing and affordability priorities during his annual address to the General Assembly on Thursday, repeating similar themes and goals from legislative leaders’ remarks the day before.

“Together, we can create more housing for all Coloradans and increase access to convenient and low cost transit opportunities, improving our quality of life and making the future of our state even brighter and our state more livable,” he said toward the start of his 56-minute State of the State speech, delivered in front of a joint session of the House and Senate with a packed gallery of guests.

There were plenty of jokes — including a reprise of last year’s Yoda impression — as Polis outlined his goals for a stronger, more affordable Colorado this year.

The 2024 legislative session is set to have an emphasis on housing and cost of living policy, just as the session did last year. There is a renewed effort among Polis and lawmakers to enact meaningful laws to boost the state’s affordable housing supply, tweaking some unsuccessful ideas from the past.

Read the full Colorado Newsline article at bit.ly/polisstateofthestate

Read the full text of Gov. Polis’ State of the State address at bit.ly/readstateofthestate

or watch the address at bit.ly/watchstateofthestate