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Housing Boulder Action Plan

The action plan identifies City Council priorities for addressing Boulder's affordable housing challenges.

Housing  Action Plan for 2016/17 pdf

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Update

City Council responded to community requests to encourage the creation of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) by requesting that staff bring forward a list of incremental changes to city regulations that better allow accessory units while still addressing potential neighborhood impacts. Council has identified this as a work plan item for the past several years. On Aug. 22, staff presented council with a list of potential regulatory changes that would remove some of the barriers to creating accessory units, including but not limited to, addressing standards regarding unit concentration, sizes, and parking. The project will include incremental and focused changes to the regulations, not wholesale changes. 

To learn more about this effort, visit this page.

30th & Pearl

Formerly the home of Pollard Friendly Motors, this city owned 4.3-acre site is planned for a mix of housing affordable to low, moderate and middle income households. The project is part of Boulder Junction (a 160-acre redevelopment at the northeast corner of 30th Street and Pearl Parkway area) and is transforming into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces that will benefit the entire community. 

To learn more about 30th & Pearl, visit this page.


Ponderosa Community Stabilization

The Ponderosa Mobile Home Park is a 68-home diverse, primarily homeowner community located in a county enclave at 4475 Broadway. The City of Boulder has purchased Ponderosa with plans to annex the property, replace aging infrastructure, identify home replacement options that would maintain residents’ housing costs at similar levels, and to ultimately transfer Ponderosa to an owner such as an affordable housing nonprofit or a resident-controlled cooperative in order to create long-term stability for the community’s residents. 

To learn more about this effort, visit this page.


Inclusionary Housing Update

The inclusionary housing program was adopted in 2000 in response to the city’s housing challenges, updates to the program require that new residential development contribute 25 percent of the all new homes as permanently affordable; 20 percent affordable to low/moderate households and 5 percent affordable to middle income households. The program has demonstrated considerable success over the years and the 2017 updates respond to new challenges, specifically addressing the loss of middle income housing as well as exploring options for incentivizing more on-site homes. 

More information is available on the Inclusionary Housing Update page.


Construction Defect Speakers Panel

In Boulder, condominiums are an important affordable homeownership option. Since the 2008 economic downturn, Front Range communities have seen little development of this housing type. Increasingly, current construction defect laws, which offer important protections for homeowners,  are seen as a contributing factor in this ongoing trend.

Through panelist presentations and an audience Q and A, this public event will explore:

  • The impacts of current construction defect laws on condominium development in Boulder and the region.
  • Solutions that balance homeowner protections and Boulder’s affordable housing goals and what is the city’s role?

More information is available on the Construction Defect Panel page


Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance

The purpose of this ordinance is to enable permanently affordable properties to rebuild to the number of units currently on site in situations where zoning was changed after the project was built.  This preservation ordinance stands to benefit 16 known existing affordable properties with 230 or more affordable apartments that may otherwise be lost over time.

Learn more about the Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance.


Middle Income Housing Strategy

This strategy defines a comprehensive approach to create and preserve housing choices for middle income households and puts forth an aggressive, but obtainable, goal to increase housing options for middle income households.

Middle Income Housing Strategy Document pdf