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UPDATED DEC 04 2019

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan:

BC Comprehensive Plan, NIW 1.03: New business, commercial and industrial uses shall be situated within “Community Service Areas” in order to be within a close proximity to the shopping public and respective labor forces, as well as to move toward the goals of reducing energy consumption and attendant commuter time. 

 

BC Comprehensive Plan, NIW 1.06: Niwot is planned to be the only designated service area within the Sub-region and the geographic area wherein the majority of future growth will be accommodated.

 

How the Comprehensive Plan is enforced in Niwot:

Contrary to the Comp Plan, in September 2018, Niwot was been placed under a development moratorium that:

  • Down-zoned the already limited commercial district, forcing Niwot residents to travel to Boulder or Longmont to obtain needed services and products

  • Stopped any new commercial or mixed-use projects within half of the NRCD (historic district was exempted from the Moratorium)

  • Prevented Colterra from rebuilding, making the project financially not viable.  The property has since sold and Niwot lost a wonderful restaurant.

  • Prevented existing Niwot businesses from expanding to meet the needs of Niwot residents

  • Puts NRCD businesses under a dark ‘anti-business’ cloud and ushers in a significant reduction in sales tax revenue

  • Ultimately adds to the costs of development, causing increased rents, making Niwot less competitive

 

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan:

BC Comprehensive Plan, NIW 2.08: The county shall encourage the development of a network of pedestrian and bicycle pathways that are protected from vehicular encroachment and that serve the resident’s needs to safely and efficiently move between activity areas and living areas within the Niwot Community Area.

 

How the Comprehensive Plan is enforced in Niwot:

Contrary to the Comp Plan, the Boulder County Land Use Code and the Boulder County Attorney’s office advice, Niwot businesses on 2nd Avenue southwest of Franklin are denied access to the public alley right of way that is adjacent to their properties, forcing all cars that access these businesses to cross paths with pedestrians, bikes, strollers and scooters, and creating a safety hazard. Only a block away, all businesses access the same alley, the sidewalk is clear of cars and pedestrians are safe.

 

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan:

BC Comprehensive Plan, EC 1.06:  In its economic development efforts, including support or assistance to municipalities, the county shall recognize the importance of retaining and expanding existing businesses and industries, the significance of small firms and both the benefits and potential drawbacks of attracting new support businesses and industries.

 

How the Comprehensive Plan is enforced in Niwot:

Contrary to the Comp Plan, the dark cloud of the moratorium hurts an already fragile business community.  Rather than recognizing the importance of retaining and expanding existing businesses, rather than supporting small businesses, the moratorium is a constraining factor, especially considering the current business situation:

  • Colterra closed due to a fire, and ultimately was forced to sell the property

  • Powder Keg has closed and the space is vacant

  • Treppeda’s closed after 20 successful years.  The space is now occupied by Pinochios.

  • The Tribune building, an iconic corner space, is leased as a conference room with drapes always closed.

  • Additional retail and office vacancies exist throughout the town

  • Existing retail stores struggle with the loss of foot traffic brought about by the moratorium.

 

Boulder County Land Use Code:

Boulder County Land Use Code, Niwot Sub-Area Plan Article 4-116:  Alleys should be retained to provide access to the rear of buildings and to provide a service area for the building that is not highly visible from 2nd Avenue.

 

How the Land Use Code is enforced in Niwot:

Contrary to the Comp Plan, the Boulder County Land Use Code and the Boulder County Attorney’s office advice, Niwot businesses on 2nd Avenue southeast of Franklin are denied access to the public alley right of way that is adjacent to their properties, forcing all cars that access these businesses to cross paths with pedestrians, bikes, strollers and scooters, and creating a hazard that continues to compromise pedestrian safety.  Howard Treppeda reports that ‘near misses’ occur regularly over the years.

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