Tuesday evening the Boulder City Council unanimously approved the $9.5 million purchase of the 615-acre parcel located at 4536 N. 95th St. (pictured below) to add to the city’s 45,000-acre open space network.  The parcel is the fourth most expensive open-space parcel purchased by the city, will be one of the largest, and will become the easternmost piece of the city’s open-space network.  Because of its 1.5 miles of Boulder Creek frontage, eight ponds, mountain views, and abundant wildlife, the city believes the parcel has tremendous potential for recreational and agricultural purposes.  The city will spend approximately 18 months evaluating the parcel after acquiring it before opening it to visitors.

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Virtually all of Boulder County’s local governments have their own, individual plans to reverse the diminishing supply of affordable housing in their respective communities.  But these local governments are now weighing a new approach: collaborating and coordinating with one another in a way that, if successful, would supply more affordable housing to the county than the total that will be provided if each of them continues acting independently.

At the Boulder County Consortium of Cities meeting last Wednesday, a working group of local government housing and community services agencies presented a draft of the Boulder County Regional Affordable Housing Strategic Plan (the “Plan”). Currently, the county’s cities and towns have plans that would increase the county’s aggregate affordable housing inventory by 6,000 units by 2035.  By contrast, due to the efficiencies gained through regional cooperation, the Plan calls for an increase of 15,000 to 22,000 units in that same time.  The initial reaction from members of the consortium was positive, stating that the Plan’s regional approach has “traction.”

Local governments will spend the coming months reviewing the Plan in more detail and providing feedback before a proposed final version is presented to the consortium, which may occur in April.

In an effort to encourage licensing, Denver has streamlined its website and placed advertisements on popular social media networks.
In an effort to encourage licensing, Denver has streamlined its website and placed advertisements on popular social media networks.

Enforcement of Denver’s short-term rental regulations, which were passed in the summer of 2016, started January 1, 2017.  However, not all hosts seem to have gotten the message, with only about 18 percent of Denver properties on Airbnb including their license numbers in the listing—a requirement under the new regulations.  Continue Reading Hosts of Short-Term Rentals Slow to Obtain Licenses, Face Hefty Fines

In a recent decision, the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld a Nebraska choice of law provision found in a promissory note.   The dispute centered around which state’s statute of limitations should apply to a collection action on the promissory note.  Colorado’s statute of limitations for actions to collect on a promissory note is six years; Nebraska’s is only five years.  Because the plaintiff filed the lawsuit approximately five and a half years after the borrower had defaulted, the resolution of the choice of law issue would decide the case. Continue Reading Enforceability of Choice of Law Provisions

Recently, the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association published a white paper that reviewed the recent Guidance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (“HUD”) relating to landlords screening tenants for criminal convictions and proposed “best practices” relating to such screening. Continue Reading Criminal Background Checks for Tenants