Sides make their case on Hogan-Pancost in front of Boulder City Council

The yearslong pitched battle of Hogan-Pancost continued unabated on Tuesday night as a developer and the organized opponents of a proposed housing project on land currently a part of Boulder County faced off before the Boulder City Council. "This site has an extensive history, as everyone knows," City Planner Karl Guiler said prior to presenting information on an as-of-yet theoretical housing project on 22 acres of land on the south end of Boulder. "There's a lot that has been said about this project," said Adrian Sopher, an architect on the project. "I have no doubt there will be a lot more said tonight and next week." His words struck a chord with the capacity crowd inside council chambers, which began to murmur until asked to pipe down by Mayor Suzanne Jones. Boulder Creek Commons wants the city to annex the property — an enclave of county land east of Foothills Parkway and just southwest of the East Boulder Community Center — into Boulder proper so it can build 117 housing units on the property, about half of which will be designated permanently affordable. "The city says it needs housing," Sopher said. "We do believe the housing we are providing is exactly what the city is asking for." The City Council did not take any official action on Tuesday night, and the meeting mostly served as a way for all sides to make their case for or against the development. Council held an hourlong public hearing in the middle of the meeting to comply with state law, but the hearing will continue on Oct. 17. It's possible the council could vote on the project at next week's meeting. Residents of the nearby Greenbelt Meadows and Keewaydin Meadows turned out in force to voice their displeasure. Although they were directed by Jones to keep quiet during presentations, residents brought signs that read "Not True" to waive and many wore red, which has become the unofficial uniform of people opposing the development. The meeting started at 6 p.m. but people were still signing up to speak at 6:30 p.m. and more than two dozen people took to the podium to make their concerns known. The Boulder Fire Department was on hand to shoo people away who attempted to sit in aisles after council chambers reached capacity. Sopher said on Tuesday night that neighbors won't be impacted by development on the land, but most of the dozens of people who spoke on Tuesday night — and at prior meetings — contend that they deal with flooding issues because of the high water table, a problem that worsens whenever any development happens nearby. The Boulder Planning Board in August recommended that the city deny the annexation over concerns that the current plan didn't do enough to address concerns about development worsening problems with flooding and high groundwater levels. It did, however, provide "guiding principles" to the City Council — most of which involve those two issues. The Planning Board rejected an annexation plan in 2013 following 14 hours of presentations and debate that spanned three days. Developers have tried and failed for more than 30 years to build on the Hogan-Pancost, and that long span of time wasn't lost on Southeast Boulder Neighborhoods Association President Suzanne De Lucia, who gave a presentation on behalf of residents who oppose the development on grounds that it will, among other things, aggravate flooding problems and bring unwanted traffic to the area. "Let's end this Hogan-Pancost Groundhog Day for once and all," she said. John Bear: 303-473-1355, bearj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/johnbearwithme

Date

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_31367296/sides-make-their-case-hogan-pancost-front-boulder

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