HBA Advocacy Newsletter: March 2019
Aurora Uniform Development Ordinance (UDO)
The UDO process in Aurora has come to completion. The staff will be presenting this to the Planning and Economic Development (PED) committee in April and the plan is to present the recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for approval by June, 2019.
Aurora Affordable and Attainable Housing
Aurora City Council continues to address affordable and attainable housing concerns. Among a number of tools, they are considering raising the Aurora impact fees. The HBA Joint Task Force (JTF) is working with the city staff as they work with the consultant to update the 2006 Impact Fee report. The HBA Government Affairs team is meeting with city council members to communicate the impacts that additional fees have to housing costs and affordability. The consultant will present the final report at the March 25, 2019 study session. The HBA Government Affairs team and the JTF Committee will review the report during a special meeting of the JTF. Notices will go out to the HBA Government Affairs Committee, as well as any members who are working in Aurora.
Broomfield Affordable Housing
Broomfield is continuing to address affordable and attainable housing concerns. Government Affairs staff and HBA members continue to participate in the Broomfield Housing Affordability Committee (HAC), along with Broomfield planning staff to ensure we can be a productive partner in this initiative.
Congratulations to Malcolm Fleming and Fred Starr in their new positions in the Town of Erie! Malcolm has been named the new Town Administrator and Fred Starr is the new Community Development Director. We have been introducing ourselves to the new staff and recently Ed Kotlinski, Chief Building Official, and his staff presented to the HBA Permitting Committee. The HBA will be starting a new JTF in Erie this year. We appreciate their partnership.
Lakewood passed new Multi-Use Employment (M-E-S) Suburban Zoning changes on March 25, 2019. The new zoning changes were amended to reflect the comments of the HBA. Government affairs reached out to council members and staff and attended the public hearing to give testimony.
Westminster is continuing work on their Comprehensive Plan called “Westminster Forward”. Westminster staff gave a presentation to HBA members on their Comprehensive Plan process, the sewer moratorium and their updated water rates and tap fees. Of note, the sewer moratorium will be lifted effective April 29, 2019.
Government Affairs will continue to be at the monthly Development Code Task Force meetings.
Parker is starting the process to update their Land Development Ordinance. They are calling it the LDO Modernization process. Comments have been submitted on the Parker comment website based upon feedback from HBA members who have worked or are currently working in Parker. Additional comments can be made at https://www.letstalkparker.org/welcome-to-lets-talk-parker.
We are currently in the process of adding two new Joint Task Force committees (JTFs) to our advocacy work. Brighton and Erie have both agreed to begin JTF work in their municipalities. If your company would like to participate in the Brighton, Erie, or Aurora JTF, please contact Heidi Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
For participation in the Thornton JTF, please contact Chérie Talbert - email@example.com
Upcoming Committee Meetings – RSVP to Heidi Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org
All meetings are held at the HBA of Metro Denver offices at 9033 E. Easter Place Centennial, CO 80112.
Urban Drainage and Flood Control Presentation
Date: May 21, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Regulated Utilities Committee
Date: April 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Your HBA of Metro Denver Advocacy Team:
Heidi Williams, Director of Government Affairs
Chérie Talbert, CEO/Political Affairs