March 15, 2012 - Boulder City Council to hear feedback on proposed Housing First project March 20; will deliberate April 3
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BoulderCity Council to hear feedback on proposed Housing First project March 20; will deliberate April 3
The Boulder City Council is changing the format of its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, to accommodate a large public hearing regarding Boulder Housing Partner’s (BHP) proposed Housing First development in north Boulder.
Council members requested that this session be held to allow community members a full and fair opportunity to provide input on BHP’s housing plan, which would include the construction of 31 apartments for previously homeless individuals at 1175 Lee Hill Road. While the proposed plan is consistent with a countywide approach to addressing the challenge of chronic homelessness, some neighbors have raised concerns about the location and the close proximity of other homeless services. Council will hear feedback on March 20 but members are not expected to deliberate and respond to the information they receive until their April 3 meeting. On April 3, council will provide staff with direction related to future city involvement in any public process conducted by BHP, in the organization’s Statement of Operations and any other matters that council believes are appropriate.
Both the March 20 and April 3 meetings will be broadcast live on Boulder Channel 8, for Comcast customers, and streamed on the Internet at www.boulderchannel8.com. In order to accommodate the greatest number of participants on this topic on March 20, there will be no open comment portion of this meeting. All feedback will be limited specifically to the one public hearing topic.
The March 20 meeting will start at in Council Chambers at the MunicipalBuilding, 1777 Broadway, and the agenda will be as follows:
1. MATTERS FROM MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL: A. Annual Appointments to Boards and Commissions
2. PUBLIC HEARING: A. Proposed Housing First Project at 1175 Lee Hill Road
In addition to the change in format, the following provisions will be in place:
Electronic signup is available now at http://www.bouldercolorado.gov. Go to City Council and click on City Council Agendas. Electronic signup will end at on Monday, March 19. The city will not be randomizing sign-ups. Slots will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis through the electronic system.
Speakers will be allowed 2 minutes to speak and those wishing to pool time will need three people to receive a total of four minutes. Electronic signup provides spaces to list pooled speakers. Please do not sign up twice.
The list of speakers, with their assigned numbers, will be posted to the City Council website on Tuesday, March 20. Speakers who have signed up online will need to check-in that evening to receive a physical number. To make this process as efficient as possible, there will be multiple check-in stations available with participants grouped alphabetically. People with the last name A-C will go to one table, D-F will go the another, etc.
The general public will be allowed to sign up manually during the day on Tuesday, March 20, at the MunicipalBuilding.
On Tuesday, March 20, Council Chambers will not be open to the public until
Overflow seating will be available in the municipal lobby and conference area. Two large screen TVs will be available for viewing the meeting.
Once Chambers is full, speakers will be called by their assigned numbers to come and sit in seats reserved for speakers until they are called. If there are no vacant seats in chambers, once individuals finish speaking, they will be asked to go back to the overflow seating area.