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Minutes - Planning Board - 10/19/2006Approved Noce~nber 16, 200G CITY OF BOULDER PLANNING BOARD ACTION MINUTES October 19, 2006 1777 Broadway, Council Chambers A permanent set of these minutes and a tape recording (maintained for a period of seven yeazs) are retained in Central Records (telephone: 303-441-3043). Minutes and streaming audio are also available on the web at: http://www.ci.boulder.co.us/planning/planningboazd/agendas PLANNING BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Elise Jones, Chair Simon Mole, Vice Chair John Spitzer Phil Shull, absent Adrian Sopher Claire L.evy Richard Sosa STAFF PRESENT: Ruth McHeyser, Acting Planning Director Susan Richstone, Acting L.ong Range Planning Manager Louise Grauer, Senior Planner Micki Kaplan, Senior Transportation Planner Randall Rutsch, Senior Transportation Planner Martha Roskowski, Transportation Planner Michelle Allen, Adminisuative Specialist 1. CALL TO ORDER Chair, E. Jones declared a quorum at 6:05 p.m. and the following business was conducted. 2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES On a motion by S. Mole, seconded by R. Sosa, [he Planning Boazd approved the September 28, 2006 Planning Boazd minutes. Vote 6-0 (P. Shull, abstain) 3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION None 4. DISCUSSION OF DISPOSITIONS, PLANNING BOARD CALL-UPS 1437 Arapahoe, 3276 Folsom, no comments 5. ACTION ITEM A. Public hearing and consideration of a motion to narrow the Transit Village Area Plan Options and provide direction on the draft plan that will be considered for public hearing and adoption at the end of November. This wil] include direction on preferred land uses, transportation demand management, parks and public space locations, and the depot. Public Participation: Irvin Bell, 3498 Iris Ct., Boulder, CO David Bolin, Representing CPWD,1675 Range St., Boulder, CO David Biek, 741 A Pearl St., Boulder CO Bill Roettker, 4507 Mulberry Ct., Boulder, CO Krista Nordback, 777 Dellwood Ave., Boulder, CO Edward Hollister, 6124 Trevarton, Longtnont, CO Land Use Plan: Planning Board recommended Option 2 with so-ne components of~Option 1, Option 3, and Casrrent Trends, with an emphasis on housing and providing flexibiliry for a variety of land uses. The Map below summarizes the land use component (not the transportation component.) The areas recommended by the Board that differ from Option 2 are circled in red. The key concepts of the Board's recommended option include: Emphasis on residential with provisions for significant flexibility for a variety of uses in many areas. A few of these areas warrant specific uses to be called out, however, including: • The first floor of the mixed use buildings around Depo[ Square should be retail • Mid box and more intense retail at 30`" & Pearl should be considered/ encouraged. 2. Highest intensity uses in the SW quadrant, including commercial/ retail uses at 30`~' and Pearl and retail/ office wrapping the bus station. Dispersal of affordable housing throughout the azea as much as possible rather than concentrating it in this quadrant. 3. High density residential uses or residential in mixed use buildings all along Goose Creek. 4. Service Commercial and Service Industrial uses: • Service commercial uses along Valmont (from approximately 2900 to 3300 Valmont) to be preserved through maintaining the existing zoning; this would provide space for service commercial and/or service industrial uses in 2 story buildings with some office uses, but no residential • Service industrial uses through the mixed use industrial development in the Old Pearl azea. This would be similar in scale and mix of uses to Steelyards, but would not provide space for some of the messier service uses such as auto repair that exist in the area today; some of these uses may continue in the service commercial zone along Valmont. 5. The opportunity for the most flexibility of use, including office, industrial and residential uses in the SE quadrant south of Pearl. 6. Compatible scale and mix of uses north and west of Steelyards (2-3 story high density residential to the north and 2-3 story mixed use buildings to the west along 30`" Street). Bluff streetscape to be two-story from 30th to the Depot with good street quality. 7. Higher density office/ industrial uses in the NE quadrant (Wilderness Place), with high density residential in the southern portion of the quadrant along Goose Creek conditioned upon improved access. At a minimum, a connection from Wilderness Place to Old Peazl is important if the housing is to work in that area. 8. Other concepts mentioned by Planning Boazd members: • Analyze the feasibility of connecting both sides of the rail platform via an underpass (thus also connecting Depot Squaze and Wilderness Place). • Provide a visual icon at the west end of old Pearl (not necessarily a building) • Provide additional pedestrian & bike at-grade crossings of Goose Creek 2. Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and Connections Plan: Planning Board endorsed the TDM approach , connections principles and general layout of the auto, bike, pedestrian and transit circulation system. 3. Public Spaces and Junction Place aliQnment: Planning Board did not weigh in on the key considerations for park alternatives and the design principles for depot plaza, although some members indicated that a public park may not be needed. ~ It was agreed that these issues should be discussed in the context of the land use plan once Council has provided this direction. 4. Area Plan Contents: Planning Board provided feedback on some content areas of the plan as summarized in the description of the option above and deferred comments on the plan outline in Attachment D. 5. Implementation Plan Planning Board had the following comments on the Implementation Plan outline and next steps: • Review existing ordinances that might be in conflict with the Plan recommendations. • Provide flexible means for areas to add small increments of change • Provide more clarity about costs, particularly in relation to structured parking, its financial viability, location, and timing. Parking management may prove key to property owners signing on, since it assumes that costs are shared by businesses and future users (parkers). • Evaluate the financial feasibility of density bonuses for affordable housing or environmental enhancements. 6. DISCUSSION ITEMS 7. MATTERS FROM THE PLANNING BOARD, PLANIVING DIRECTOR, AND CITY ATTORNEY 8. DEBRIEF/AGENDA CHECK 9. ADJOURNMENT The Planning Board adjourned the meeting at 11:00 pm APPROVED BY Boar Ch 'r ~ ~ ~q v~ DAT'E ~ The results of the Options Assessment indicate that with the addition of residential uses in this area, public parks aze needed to mee[ the adopted Pazks and Recreation service standards. Options 1-3 show two public pazks: depot plua north of Goose Creek and a pocket pazk south of Goose Creek. Some Planning Boazd members suggest that since the azea is accessible by the Goose Creek path to the Mapleton Ballfields to the west and Valmont Pazk to the east, ample park space is easily accessible ro future residents of the area and the costs of purchasing and developing pazk space here could be be[ter spent improving Valmont Park. However, others feel that public pazks are important to unify neighborhoods and make the azea feel welcoming to all, also opening up access to the Goose Creek path.