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DCI DDAs in Action: CML & DCI Northern Colorado DDA Lunch and Mobile Tour

Community Building Colorado-Style Conference

October 19 2018
Boulder, CO

Planning Matters: Careers in Planning 1st Qtr 2018 February

1st Quarter 2018
Careers in Planning

Book Review: River of Lost Souls

by Jonathan P. Thompson (Torrey House, 2018)
I remember the Orange Tang of the Animas River running through Durango, Colorado, and on down to Aztec and Farmington, New Mexico, in August 2015. Where normally kayakers and fly fishermen joust with tubers and swimmers, the river coursed with the mineral runoff of Silverton’s shuttered Gold King Mine, zinc, cadmium, aluminum arsenic, and iron hydroxides let loose by an EPA remediation team.

When Choice is Not Enough

In the past several years, our firm has been conducting housing market research and needs assessments in some of the highest cost areas of the U.S. (San Francisco, Austin, and Denver regions), as well as those with moderate housing costs. In each of these studies, as I’ve been working through our findings, one question has consistently nagged at me…
“Do vouchers (still) work?”

Doing More with Less

By Robin Kerns, AICP, LEED AP / April 23, 2018
Doing more with less. A sentiment that represents the paradox of our modern planning and governance landscape. With each passing year, planners and policy makers are forced to make difficult decisions trying to manage our built environments now and into the future.

You are not alone!

You are not alone! Take-away from Housing Colorado’s event, Land Use: Solutions for a Better Tomorrow
If your community is like mine, the planning department is busy discussing affordable housing solutions, increased density, and the dreaded word: INFILL. Oh, and let’s not forget about tiny homes, co-housing and micro-units! How do planners balance the need to densify urban centers and redevelop older areas in innovative ways with the sentiments of citizens that often do not take so kindly to infill and redevelopment?

Factory Construction in Homebuilding

Most homes in the United States are built onsite; the lumber, bricks, drywall, and flooring and roofing materials are transported to the home’s final location before construction begins. Although over the past century the production of some housing components, such as doors, windows, and cabinets, has moved almost universally to factories, for the most part, the homes themselves continue to be built onsite.

Shared Housing: Cooperatives as a Shared Housing Option

Crystal Launder and Sloane Walbert, AICP
Beginning in 2014, fast-rising rents and home prices in Boulder fueled a city-led communitywide housing conversation, Housing Boulder. As part of this conversation, cooperative housing was proposed as a tool to expand housing choice. Unlike elsewhere, the definition of cooperative housing in Boulder isn’t solely resident shareholders in a corporation that owns a building. It is a group living arrangement with consensus governance and shared responsibility and resources.

Presidents Message August 2018

by Michelle Stephens, AICP - Chapter President
What a busy spring and summer! Planners and our partners throughout the state have been busy. In fact, we have been so busy that we skipped our Q2 newsletter and are bringing you this combined Q2 and Q3 newsletter, focused on Creative Housing & Land Management.

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