Tim Barnes, 54, has lived in Boulder County for 32 years, including the last five in Lafayette.
Tim’s preparation for a position like city councilor started early with marching band and later in the drum and bugle corp at military basic training. Great musical groups work in harmony and as one. Lafayette City Council functions as one unit, and provides a single voice that should be in harmony with the voice of the City Administrator. Understanding how to iterate, back and forth, in this process to bring city ordinances to light that both move us forward and don’t break the bank is what Barnes brings to the table.
Growing up in a military family near the US Air Force Academy, Tim was fascinated watching the Thunderbirds precision flying performances. This stoked in him a desire to fly jets himself. Tim enlisted in the US Navy in 1984. His Navy career included certification as an advanced avionics technician and training to think like an F-14 air superiority fighter. In 1986 Tim applied for the officer candidate program called Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training. Once accepted, he moved to San Diego, CA, and completed the rigorous college/officer preparation program.
Tim entered the University of Colorado Boulder in 1987 as an ROTC student. He graduated from CU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
After graduation, Tim worked numerous part-time jobs before landing in his current profession as a science educator. He worked as a production assistant for the Boulder County Mental Health Center in a transitional shop and as a research assistant in the Department of Clinical Psychology, at CU. In this capacity, he supported intervention therapy with children in schools across the Denver-metro area. He learned that while children are very resilient, they are vulnerable and need safe environments in which to grow up.
Today, Tim uses his diverse training to complete a wide variety of responsibilities at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) lab in Boulder, where he has worked for nearly a quarter century. From scientific discussions of Earth systems behavior to the questions of young children on field trips, Tim enjoys the multitude of opportunities he has to problem solve and serve the public. Tim coordinates the NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop, training tomorrow's leaders in the atmospheric sciences. One of his most successful projects is the Wizards Show at the annual Super Science Saturday. In 2006, Tim received the UCAR Outstanding Accomplishment in Education & Outreach Award for this show.
His current work at NCAR has prepared him to be an effective council member. One of his core job functions is to support all stakeholders to build a common understanding of the current reality, including fiscal concerns and institutional constraints. Then, Tim works collaboratively towards a common understanding of the desired reality. He would bring this approach to city council when creating new programs and ordinances to better the lives of Lafayette residents.
Tim served ten years on the advisory board for the Boulder County Community Action Program (CAP). The intentional diversity and inclusive culture of the CAP volunteer board proved a challenging but immensely rewarding space in which to work. CAP honored Tim at the 2018 Multicultural Awards Banquet with the Multicultural Award for Science. He appreciates the fact that he can serve as a role model for youth of color who are interested in pursuing a career in the sciences.
Tim and his partner, Meghan McCracken, have lived in Lafayette for more than five years. Meghan is a career educator. She currently serves as BVSD’s Equity & Partnerships Coordinator for the Southwest Network of the district. Her career has been dedicated to serving Emerging Bilingual learners, first as a middle school ELD teacher and then as an Instructional Coach for Language Development. Her current role in BVSD focuses on strengthening relationships, communication and trust with underrepresented families and giving students and families greater access to opportunity.
Tim and Meghan have one son who attends Pioneer Elementary. They moved from Boulder to Lafayette so their son would grow up in a more diverse community and be able to attend a bilingual school. Meghan enjoys volunteering as a coach for their son’s K-1 Lafayette Rec soccer team. Tim is often seen bike riding to Pioneer with his son in the mornings. While he enjoys these around-town rides, Tim is also a sponsored competitive mountain bike racer.
Tim would bring to Council a background and perspective that combines three years of enlisted military service, 10 years experience on a Boulder county advisory board, 15 years of bicycle commuting experience, 20 years of science education experience, and a lifetime of experience as a minority.
My priorities for Lafayette are sustainability in the face of climate change, accessible affordable housing, and keeping this diverse community strong. For my first priority, I would work with council to ensure the city has a contemporary, comprehensive plan to retain the quality of life Lafayette residents now enjoy. I feel that a twenty year vision is key to prioritize the choices the city makes. For example, prioritizing public transportation and walkable neighborhoods to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and ensuring local job availability stays stable and then increases.This keeps our tax base strong. Secondly, I will continually monitor the demographic composition of our city, in terms of who is taking advantage of the affordable housing available in Lafayette, utilizing rec center programs, senior services, etc. Third I want to improve city communication channels and techniques, raising residents awareness of our ability to be a self-sustaining city.
I feel the downtown area should develop in a smart way. I want to retain the small town feel of Lafayette. I want the business that are here to stay. I want new business to fit into the downtown area in ways that don’t inhibit access to other businesses or impinge upon improving walk, bike, scooter, visit-ability, and etc. of the area. I want to seek the businesses that develop and match the needs and financial resources of all residents and are owned/operated by diverse populations.
My view aligns with the justifications provided that housing efforts like this one improve the sustainability of a city in economically challenging times, are a direct attempt to practice inclusive development, potentially limit traffic congestion with the inclusion of regular bus service and are an excellent example of citizens of Lafayette getting a requested project from the city. I see this as an example of smart growth. The first Willoughby Corner unit needs to be a reality by 2022. ADUs, tiny homes, and both preserving and protecting mobile homes and the areas in which they thrive enriches our character. If you have a small business, the city needs to offer support to ensure you have what you need or can get it without encountering a great deal of challenges/inefficiencies. I want to offer a set of possible community-building practices like cultural awareness discussions, area history and nature walks, and a fully-accessible discovery trail system connecting our neighborhoods.
I would propose focused promotion of these types of units to residents struggling to continue to rent in the city, and people potentially looking to make a change in their current residence but stay in Lafayette. I feel we should consider smaller sites, strategically placed to bridge the gaps in community segments. The fragmentation of neighborhoods in Lafayette could be bridged with smaller versions of these types of developments. I believe that ADUs should be allowed with regulations on the number of inhabitants and controls over the quality of those units. I would be wary of predatory housing practices.
Lafayette needs to get its process efficiencies in line first and then ensure we are adapting to the changes that are imminent here. We need homegrown efforts that are innovatively looking into how climate change is, potentially, exposing weaknesses in our infrastructure. Recent high school graduates, college students, and people early in their careers need to have access to resources, including data, grants, and support promoting new technologies, practices and land use efforts to make Lafayette the heart of Boulder county. We need to manage emission in our region and start to draw down GHGs in our air.
Lafayette is a vibrant and inclusive community that I truly enjoy. As a City Councilor, I seek to work with positive, like-minded people to build opportunities for health and prosperity. • I am a local business owner. Like many, I wear multiple hats. As a graphic designer, I create social media graphics and build websites – my business is called Annie B Designs. When my children were in school, I worked for years in the art department of our newspaper, cranking out ads, swimming against the tide of constant deadlines. When the recession hit, I was one of many long-term employees “emancipated” to face a tough, but necessary, professional rebirth. • Change and transformation are the cost of entry to live in this beautiful world. Feeling burned out in the northeast, we followed our now-grown kids west and landed here in Lafayette. • My husband, Nicholas Borrell and I partner in a holistically-oriented architectural design company called The Healing Home. We are all about design! As small business owners we know firsthand the balancing act required to live a sustainable life. • Holistic lifestyle. We raised our family using natural and homeopathic approaches, complemented by standard “well child checkups”. We regularly employ flower essence therapies, whole food nutrition, and seek to balance the stresses of life in careful moderation. • Nick and I have been married for many years. We are proud of our two grown children: our son Jesse is a media artist /local small business owner; his wife, Jaime, is a scientist employed in a tech startup. Our daughter Zoe is an educator/flower essence practitioner; her husband, Joseph, is an ecotherapist; they have two young daughters, Liliana & Gwenna and live in Arizona. • Community Service. When my children were in elementary school, I was fortunate to spend time in many creative activities related to their education. Later on, I founded a high school arts-in-education, non-profit called ArtsALIVE. We sponsored cross-disciplinary, artist-in-residence activities such as author visits, poetry slams, and the 2003 staging of “The Laramie Project.” I am very proud of the work we did. I am a worker bee. I am an “on-the-job learner”. I roll my sleeves up and get a job done. I am sincerely dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment for the benefit of all. There is no time to loose. We must act NOW to preserve what we can, while we can.
My first priority is to prohibit fracking and I will introduce a ballot initiative to make Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter. I support regional efforts to ban extractive industry interests throughout Boulder County and statewide. My next priority is addressing our deteriorating air quality caused by extraction and traffic. What are the long-range health impacts of breathing the pollutants measured daily by Instaar?? Traffic congestion particularly the Baseline corridor is dreadful at specific times of the day. Also, we need conduits to ease the flow of local traffic across 287 to connect the two sides of town. In anticipation of growth, we must consider density or lack thereof, ways to change habit patterns and incentivize mass transit. In addition, I welcome the opportunity to advocate for human rights, support the arts, and encourage the creative direction of Old Town to be colorful and vibrant.
The Legacy Lafayette process has provided important feedback on what residents want as we look forward. Let’s focus on environmental sustainability and community character. Continue to cultivate the small city vibe – keep it artsy and funky, unique. The development plans that are coming to fruition at the top of Public Road have added new life and energy to the downtown area – continue to encourage small businesses, restaurants, shops, and special events that make Lafayette an attractive destination. Make Public Road less car-centric, more walkable. In all city planning integrate the Colorado landscape and preserve spacious views wherever possible. It is wise to attract larger stores on 287 to add to the tax base.
Willoughby is an attractive project. Working with the Boulder Housing Authority gives Lafayette more leverage than we could manage for a city of our size. I value the foresight to make these homes ‘permanently affordable.’ Doing so provides security and a rooted sense of belonging to working families, individuals, and community elders – who in turn will contribute to the overall well-being of the city. There is a delicate balance that must be struck between density and preservation of community character. The addition of community gardens, a community building, a dog park, trails, and park space demonstrate a creative approach to city planning.
The Legacy Lafayette plan indicates that the cost of living here may be keeping potential businesses and jobs away. We must balance affordable housing with job opportunities that provide a living wage. I support Accessory Dwelling Units – they are a good way to open up the housing market to offer unique residential opportunities that benefit both homeowners and tenants. How else can we expand our housing options? Allow shared non-related households, devise new financial formulas that support ‘something like’ cohousing but in a more accessible model, establish mobile home parks where the base agreements are more equitable to the homeowners. I think we can slow the construction of detached single-family residences. I support a wider application of Section 8 Housing Vouchers wherever there are willing landlords and a unit that meets the HUD requirements to provide truly balanced homogeneous neighborhoods.
With the growing awareness of the ways in which human lives and the environment are unquestionably intertwined and interdependent, we recognize that we must do our part. The path of regulation is a dead end; otherwise, our neighbors who have attempted this fight with bans and moratoriums (Longmont in 2012, Broomfield in 2013, Fort Collins in 2013) might have had a chance. Why did they fail? State preemption. This law must be challenged on a community right basis.
Lafayette has a Community Bill of Rights and a Climate Bill of Rights Ordinance. We have an opportunity to take a meaningful stand to stop willful environmental damage for corporate profit. I will introduce a ballot initiative to make Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter. Lafayette has taken proactive steps toward a sustainable future – now, take the next bold step to ban fracking once and for all.
I'm a mom of three gorgeous redheaded girls. I've been operating a small family plumbing business for 10 years, before that I worked in the accounting field. I have a technical degree in Horticulture and Greenhouse Management. My love of animals drives me to both volunteer & froster animals for local animal rescues. In fact I'm one of two women who slid down a 10 ft ravine to rescue our local runaway goat Lafayette. When I see anyone in need I try to help. When I see a wrong I try to right it. I see the Oil & Gas industry as an abusive industry and I will do anything I can to prevent drilling activity in Lafayette and Boulder County.
I grew up in Boulder County. I spent most weekends & holidays in the very neighborhood I live in now, Lafayette Park. Lafayette Park has always been home to me, I knew when it was time to raise a family that was where we would live. I somehow managed to make my dream come true. This community is very special and means a great deal to me. I want to protect our community & preserve our small town charm.
My number one priority is to defend out ban on oil and gas activity in Lafayette. I will introduce a ballot initiative to make Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter. I will deny all permits for drilling to protect our climate & our citizens. Lafayette has a growing need for affordable housing. There is a very fragile balance in making housing affordable, keeping density low and encouraging diversity. The city also has an ever growing need to expand the road ways and increase public transportation options.
I absolutely love our downtown area it has a lovely decor that is inviting. LURA has done a beautiful job and their plans are spot on with the needs of Lafayette. I'm pleased that the building plans were halted on the 700 block of public road, that plan would have congested the area more than it already is. It's important that we keep larger box stores on the exterior of town or along 287. All the while encouraging small shops and restaurants downtown and along East Simpson. The continuing art adds wonderful charm to our small town.
The development on 120th and Emma St is very disappointing to me. It will add significant strain on Sanchez Elementary. A school that is already struggling with resources stretched thin. We absolutely need affordable housing, I just wish it wasn't at the expense of our elementary students. I do however, feel we are fortunate to be working with Boulder Housing Authority. We have a growing need for housing that will remain affordable.
I think ADU's are an amazing was to help everyone's needs in the community. I fully support efforts in creating more ADUs. It requires a fragile balance when planning housing and building development. We have an incredibly large need to keep housing affordable and to keep density low. I'd like the city to look at other unique ways to accomplish this matter. For one looking at acquiring land for mobile home use. By doing so it will prevent lot rents to accede appropriate levels as they are currently.
Lafayette has made wonder steps in the right direction in converting to renewable energy. We need to continue on that path and expand. I would like to see a ban/tax on single use plastics. Offer incentives to convert to renewable energy sources. Require builders to design new build for easy solar installation. I fully support working regionally to fight the oil and gas industry. We need to have a united front against the industry. I also think it's imperative for the City of Lafayette to move our Climate bill of Rights onto our Charter.
Have lived in Lafayette since 1995. Grew up in a newspaper family, which owned the Louisville Times, Lafayette News and Erie Review. Managed the newspaper for several years and moved on to the Denver Post and the Tacoma News Tribune. Owned and operated the North Forty News and a companion coffee shop, Owl Canyon Coffee, from 2008 to 2017. Currently devote my time to recycling historic houses — meaning I either move or revitalize a structure that’s been written off as unsalvageable. It’s good for the planet.
• A balanced approach to solving the city’s traffic problems. City-sponsored multimodal policies and goals are great, but there are too many external factors influencing Lafayette’s overcrowded transportation corridors. With a projected 3,000 to 4,000 homes being built adjacent to Highway 7 in Broomfield and Erie, we need to reconstitute the Highway 7 Bypass project, which Lafayette backed out of about 8 years ago.
• An economic development master plan. We’ve not done one since about 1997, but have done master plans for parks, open and trails and sustainability and roads. We have in the pipeline an historic preservation master plan, an arts & culture master plan and a transportation master plan. But all of the aspirations spelled out in these master plans won’t be fulfilled without a strong & growing economic engine. Let’s codify, clarify, strengthen and map our plan for economic growth.
In 2017, Lafayette Urban Urban Renewal Authority leadership feverishly fought against involvement in the community discourse regarding Old Town redevelopment regulations. Nope, they argued, zoning regulations preserving Old Town’s quaintness shouldn’t apply to LURA. Today, LURA guidelines for “improvements” (hint: it’s a box and is three stories tall) reflect that standoffishness. LURA’s mindset of using tax dollars to scrape and haul to the landfill almost everything that’s old, an eco-UNfriendly practice, means that Lafayette’s unique and eclectic character is methodically and purposely being erased. Simply aligning the 2017 Old Town residential zoning regulations with LURA's redevelopment plans would be a big step in keeping Lafayette's small town feel.
The Willoughby project at least has evolved with community input, which didn't happen at Josephine/Aspinwall. Willoughby will provide much needed rental and limited equity housing for Lafayette's workforce, but greater effort needs to be placed in joining the affordable housing site with East Emma and east Lafayette neighborhoods (instead of sequestering it).
I'd first rescind city council's recent 60 cent per square foot tax on ADUs. Implementing a $1,000 affordable housing fee on structures designed to help solve the affordable home shortage doesn't make sense. Down payment grants to qualified low-income buyers would be a helpful step, which has been implemented by a dozen or more Denver-area municipalities. We could also provided Incentives and city facilitation of owner occupied affordable housing that has a capped equity component. If Lafayette can go into debt (via bonds used for General Improvement Districts) to help wealthy developers build warehouses and commercial structures, why can’t the city do the same for developers wanting to build affordably priced, tiny home villages?
We need to implement carbon footprint policies that encourage construction of smaller homes. When the energy used in manufacturing building materials is factored in, residential energy use is the largest contributor to Lafayette’s CO2 footprint. The larger the new home being proposed and built in new developments, the more emphasis should be placed on offsetting its substantial and long term carbon footprint. This might include requirements or incentives for solar and/or ground source heat pumps. And while our Waste Reduction Advisory Committee is doing everything it can to reinforce the ethic of reduce and reuse, the urban renewal authority is offsetting those gains by encouraging the disposal of almost anything old. Scraping old buildings is terribly wasteful and actually contributes to climate change. (New buildings have carbon footprints that take decades longer to recapture versus reusing/remodeling what’s already there.)
I am a small-business owner, a self-employed handyman, who has watched politics and society from a distance since high school, in Southern California, on the border with Mexico in the Imperial Valley. That was during the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the early years of the environmental movement. Then environmentalism was, by definition, uncompromising in defense of the Earth and for the rights of all people to live in a healthy world.
The temper of the social climate at that time was revolutionary and being sensitive to and inspired by that, I rejected formal education in favor of more experiential and did a lot of traveling, through the country and different experiences. That doesn’t translate into a conventional, resume-style accounting of my life, but I have sought to be well-educated by it.
I have done a number of different things in my professional life, including being a cook, ranch-hand and horse trainer, baker, childcare worker, bookkeeper, carpenter, and geriatric caregiver and fiduciary. I finally lived in Eugene, Oregon for eight years where my two daughters were born. I moved to Boulder County in 1986, into an intentional community based in Boulder. That was a single-minded focus until I left in 2005. Since then I have concentrated on working and building my business.
In 2018 I became aware that issues that I had been sympathetic to from afar were now right here on my doorstep in Colorado, with the advancement of oil and gas extraction and specifically fracking into neighboring communities and Boulder County. I was introduced to a local activist group working to resist that advancement and have since learned that now a lot of environmentalist groups and efforts are not so uncompromising. Now the strategy for fighting for the life of the Earth and its inhabitants often settles for negotiation of relatively survivable terms of surrender to seemingly unstoppable industries that are destroying the natural world.
Communities think they have no choice when they learn that local laws of protection are illegal because state and federal government supports industry by preempting the authority of those laws. That is entirely undemocratic. The Community Rights movement seeks to challenge that structure, from the lowest to the highest level, by exposing laws of preemption and other legal instruments to disempower local self-governance as unjust.
I am running for one of five empty seats on City Council in Lafayette, along with four others as the Community Rights Advocates, on a platform of the rights of people to enact and enforce our own laws for the good of the community, in the whole range of public issues and concerns. The question is who gets to decide?
If Lafayette is to continue to exist as a community we must plan for a radically altered world. Industrialized society and its driving economic system depend on killing life and need to be abandoned. Climate change, environmental devastation, and mass extinction are the ultimate products. We must create new conditions for life with awareness, study, vision, and planning. Solidifying local self-determination is the first step.
The movement for community rights was joined in 2017 with the passage of the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights Ordinance, a law that bans oil and gas extraction and establishes rights of the community to govern itself, without nullification by governments or corporations. It should be voted into the city charter as an amendment and be the model for citizens to enact what they want in all areas in the community. Lafayette can become a completely sustainable, natural city with planning boards from all sectors creating the structure. City Council must facilitate this
The City LURA Downtown Vision Plan is a fairly good one and Lafayette must maintain the ability for small businesses and residences to remain and thrive in the same area of the downtown without over-development. Confining big retail stores that are larger generators of tax revenue to the heavy traffic corridor of Highway 287 in the northern part of city limits is a thoughtful and decent balance. The City needs that tax base to maintain that balance and continue to promote the preservation of downtown. LURA has a termination date. I suggest a new citizen advisory group form to explore ideas for building towns as outlined in the classic guide "A Pattern Language", a study of best practices of people and nature-centered architecture throughout history, by Christopher Alexander and others. In addition, launch a campaign, organized by the Lafayette Public Library, for everyone in town to study it and see where their inspirations can lead.
Who gets to decide the direction of the town Lafayette, between forces of gentrification and development for a professional class and working people who can’t afford to stay there after their working day is through? It is a question of the rights of the community to make decisions about the future of their community versus outside forces that profit from a makeover of relatively inexpensive property. It is misguided for central neighborhoods and downtown areas in Lafayette to be “improved” beyond the means of some while subsidized building projects on open land are designated for people priced out of other areas in Boulder County due to income inequality.
The proposed Willoughby Corner development at 120th and Emma streets is being planned for density and with energy conservation, including the use of geothermal energy, but questions of class, race, and economic prejudice are raised with the idea of designating outlying areas of Boulder County for the poor and elderly.
Average wages have been relatively stagnant for the past fifty years. Labor and affordable-housing issues are dependent upon each other. Lafayette should take measures to strengthen the lives of working people:
reduce subsidies for affordable building and shift policy toward raising income; reinstate requirements of inclusion of affordable housing units in new housing developments and promote mixed-income in all neighborhoods; impose Luxury Housing Tax on homes worth more than $1 million to fund affordable housing; create a Labor Council to mobilize workers to fight for better working conditions, wages, and benefits; city labor policy written by and for working people; wages and housing that allow all workers to live in the community they serve; use of City government to fight for living wages and rent control for working families; preserve mobile home parks and adopt measures to reduce costs to residents; family medical leave for all workers; equal pay for all working women
Global climate disruption and the collapse of ecosystems is a much larger crisis than local communities can have significant effect upon. The cause of the catastrophe is universally understood to be industrial-scale extraction and combustion of fossil fuels, for an economy and military force for which oil is the lifeblood. Activists from Lafayette have a successful record of fighting the problem locally by resisting the oil and gas extraction industry in Boulder County and Colorado’s Front Range. Our industrialized society must transform if we are to maintain balance with the Earth and the first step is to put a halt to the damage and stop the bleeding. We must not allow the extraction industry to invade Lafayette and Boulder County, for our own immediate environmental quality and with the worldwide movement of transformation. Local communities have the right to enact their own laws to that effect. That right is protected within the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights and can be enforced.
I have lived in Lafayette my entire life and have always been heavily involved in the community. From sitting on several youth committees since the age of 12 to now serving on the Lafayette City Council, I am able to empathize with the everyday issues Lafayette citizens face and also celebrate our community victories.
Over the last year, I have had the pleasure of serving on the Lafayette City Council while representing the thoughts and feelings of Lafayette residents. During my time on Council, I have supported increases in development fees to help proliferate affordable housing, have helped preserve and protect our wildlife, spearheaded initiatives to elevate our diverse populations and much more.
After speaking with thousands of Lafayette residents and working with hundreds on a variety of local issues, the 3 main priories that continue to arise are affordable living, protecting our environment and managing growth. While seated on Council, I have personally supported ordinances that increased residential & commercial development fees to $1.00/sqrft, so that money can be used to help build more affordable housing. I have also backed our climate action goals of 100% renewable energy dependent by 2030 and 80% reduction of GHG emissions by 2050. I will continue to work with our City Boards and Committees to increase the number of Zero Waste events, further support initiatives like our ReTRAC reporting system and will continue to push for expansion of our 3-cart pay-as-throw program. Finally, I hope to continue to protect and acquire open space while balancing needed commercial growth. I would like to complete development by encouraging more mixed use projects limiting annexation.
As a son of small business owners in the city of Lafayette, I believe it is absolutely essential to protect our local home grown businesses. While growth and change are inevitable, we need to make sure we provide a space for our small businesses to thrive. These businesses are sales tax contributors, local employers and identity makers in Lafayette. For every dollar spent at a local small business, $0.50 is returned back into the local economy. That return on investment cannot be beat.
The City of Lafayette currently has an Urban Renewal Authority that has oversight of development in our downtown area. I believe they should prioritize our existing business as well as attracting new businesses to ensure we have a vibrant and stable downtown. Minimizing and preventing blight should also be highly prioritized for our URA. It is important to preserve Lafayette’s unique culture while progressing towards meaningful change.
I believe Lafayette has done a great job balancing our growth and preparing us for our future. We have strong green borders and have recently filled a major missing piece of our map, when we successfully negotiated a win-win agreement with the Town of Erie regarding our Urban Growth Boundary.
I am fully in support of the affordable housing development anticipated at 120th and Emma. I believe we need to provide affordable homes to protect our unique and diverse identity. This would be hundreds (about 400) of units that are nearly all permanently affordable. This will also have space for our senior residents, a population that will only continue to grow in Lafayette. We need to prepare for our future and ensure we have the right housing stock and services in place for it.
As a member of Council, I have already taken action to increase future affordable housing development. We have voted to increase development fees of commercial and residential developments to be stored for future affordable housing. In the future, I hope to continue to work with city staff to encourage new development be affordable, push for the expansion of accessory dwelling units, protect our mobile home parks and further our partnership with outside organizations like Boulder County Housing Authority.
In addition, we can work to make Lafayette more affordable overall. We can do this by providing cheaper public transportation, continuing to partner with Boulder Valley School District to provide free meals to our residents, cutting costs and fees to city amenities and partnering with local non-profits to provide services and goods to our residents.
In 2017, the Lafayette City Council agreed to create climate action goals to help benchmark our annual progress towards fighting climate change. As mentioned previously, I firmly stand by these goals and will continue to support policy and city initiatives that back them. I will also continue to work with our City Boards and Committees to increase the number of Zero Waste events, further support initiatives like our ReTRAC reporting system and will continue to push for expansion of our 3-cart pay-as-throw program. As a community, we must also educate our youth and families on the impacts of climate change and how we can combat it together. Households and local businesses must collaborate with the City so we can achieve our ambitious goals. Finally, the City must lead the charge by setting an example of what sustainability should look like. We have done a great job so far in our government buildings of sharing sustainability techniques and procedures. Let's keep the momentum going!
BA-English JD. Assistant Public Defender and Drug Court Attorney, Santa Fe, NM and Tampa, FL. Civil litigation. Severance Tax Ballot Initiative.
Fracking ban. 99% severance tax. Sue Weld County in Federal Court and apply for damages to Lafayette residents' health and environment. Perform a yellow book audit on Lafayette's finances and with that information get better contracts and services for residents. Terminate Excel and Comcast contracts and municipalize electricity, cable and internet. Assault weapons ban.
The local character needs to be preserved in downtown Lafayette. Local businesses must be encouraged and the downtown developed. I propose that the downtown be pedestrian only like Pearl Street. Plant more trees.
Planned housing development with 120 units which should be green with solar panels.Residential and commercial growth must be limited and Lafayette cannot allow developers to be enriched at taxpayers' expense. Affordable housing must be encouraged and subsidized and there must be supporting infrastructure including adequate public transportation.
Taxpayer subsidies for affordable housing and not allowing greedy developers to profit from taxpayers.
Local increase in temperatures is proximately caused by Weld County and the 33,000 plus fracking wells which poison Lafayette's air and release methane in the air which chemically reacts with sunlight to produce ozone. Institute a fracking ban and 99% severance tax and sue Weld County in Federal Court for diminution of our air quality and resulting harm to residents' health, safety and welfare and environment.
I have lived in Lafayette for 13 years. I have 17 years of experience working in city government in the areas of economic development, recreation, federal and state grants, housing programs and policy. Previously, I was a small business manger and an executive director of nonprofit organizations. Currently, I am a Lafayette City Councilor, Liaison to the Open Space Advisory Committee and Board member of the Northwest Parkway Authority. I have a Master's degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Dance.
Lafayette’s image is one of a friendly, fun, and creative community. My main priority is to keep this image in mind when discussing any issue that comes to Council, because most people moved to Lafayette to be in a community that has a small-town feel and access to recreation, great schools and good jobs. We want to keep what’s wonderful about Lafayette! Topics that will be important to discuss as more people, and businesses desire to join our fantastic city include establishing both economic and environmental sustainability, ensuring a balance of housing for people of all ages and income levels, addressing the increasing traffic cutting through our city, and building connections – not just through trails, sidewalks and parks, but through activities.
Lafayette’s downtown is our commercial, cultural, and historical heart of our community. We need to hold on to the unique character of our downtown area. I would like to continue to see small businesses and nonprofit organizations thrive here, public art along the street, restaurants with unique menus, an incorporation of the town’s history through signage and structures, and places to sit and talk to your neighbors at community events. The areas along S. Public Road, W. Baseline Road, W. South Public Road are a part of urban renewal areas, which means the urban renewal authority will work to transform severely deteriorated properties along these roads into new commercial buildings. I expect these new buildings to complement the eclectic and welcoming character of our downtown and the businesses that operate there.
Finding the right balance of housing to serve people of all ages and income levels is important. Willoughby Corner, at 120th Street and East Emma Street, is a proposed project of affordable and attainable duplexes, townhomes, and apartments. If this project is approved, there will places for people who work in Lafayette yet currently cannot afford to live in our city. There will be homes for families who want their children to attend schools in Lafayette. With new development comes more people, more bikes and more cars in the area. Therefore, I understand neighbors’ concerns about adding a large amount of housing in an area that has been empty and without buildings for many years. The City Council needs to be thoughtful on growth. We need to make sure the positives outweigh the negatives, new development enhances the town’s character and meets essential community needs, and the infrastructure can handle the potential new residents.
We could solve the lack of affordable housing in the community if every single-family home had an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their home or backyard. ADUs are a second small dwelling in or on the same grounds as a single-family house. These dwellings include creating an apartment over the garage, converting a basement to an apartment, or constructing a tiny house on a foundation in the backyard. ADUs are places that our young adult children can live while attending college, or saving for a down payment on a house of their own, or our parents or other relatives can live to be close to family. These dwelling units could also be rented out in order to help with the cost of a mortgage.
City Council should work to help our community transition to renewable energy. For example, we can support programs that incentivize energy efficient buildings, reduce the cost to install solar panels, build bike lanes and trail connections throughout the community. Also, Lafayette should work with its neighboring cities, and Boulder County to develop regulations for the surface impacts of oil and gas operations that will align, now that the state law gives local governments authority to create some of these regulations. I anticipate more ideas will come from the sustainability assessment that Lafayette is currently performing to identify options that will help the community and its members improve the quality of our air, water and climate.
I have a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University with a minor in Public Administration. Since 8th grade I have been engaged politically, volunteering for candidates and causes that I believed in before I could even vote. Renewable energy and the environment have been prominent in my efforts as well as social justice. I have always had an insurgent perspective so volunteering, rather than paid positions, has been the appropriate way for me to engage politically. As a volunteer, I have participated in the Democratic Party Platform development at the state and county level since 2012. I am the Resolutions Committee Chair for the Boulder County Democratic Party where I help people advocate for their causes. My campaign slogan is “Idealism in Action “. I apply dynamic and creative energies to policy problems in order to achieve positive results. In 2013 I originated and championed the successful Lafayette Initiative 301 (wasn’t implemented because of a Utility Initiative). In 2011 my Citizens United protest rallies sparked Boulder ballot Initiative 2H which called for an amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people. On the strength of local Initiative 2H, Colorado Amendment 65 passed in 2012 which instructs Colorado’s elected officials to pass a federal constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending. In 2018 I was was instrumental in getting the Boulder County Democrats to endorse Boulder City issue 2G, which will soon make Boulder the first city in the country to host ONLINE petitions for ballot initiatives. In short, if you want to successfully advocate for a cause then you probably want Cliff Smedley on your team. This is what I have been able to accomplish without having a seat on our Lafayette City Council. Imagine what positive good I could do if I were on Council! Vote Smedley for Council!
Transportation, traffic congestion, safe schools, social justice, solar energy, affordable housing, and good governance.
The shopkeepers need as much support as we can give them. LURA is obviously designed to do the heavy lifting for that goal and LURA has done a great job. Eliminating the left turn lanes may not have been the best decision for our shopkeepers. It appears to me, just by observation, that it has reduced the amount of traffic on our Main Street. I would advocate for a town shuttle to improve the flow of traffic to their doors.
I’m glad that we finally have some construction that will accommodate our need for affordable and senior housing. City Councils have kicked that can down the road too many times and now we are up against full buildout and few parcels of land remaining in Lafayette for any kind of development, much less affordable housing. The traffic study indicates that additional road capacity will be built to accommodate this development. So, overall I like the Willoughby development.
We are up against full buildout and few parcels of land remaining in Lafayette for any kind of development, much less affordable housing. Therefore, allowing the maximum amount of Accessory Dwelling Units needs to be part of our housing plan. Maybe we could annex a sliver of Broomfield County that could be developed as Affordable Housing?
Educating our citizens that solar is a no-brainer would be an easy, cost effective way to reduce Lafayette’s carbon footprint. A typical homeowner is able to replace their electric bill with a loan for solar panels. Please note that the panels are the equity guarantee, not the home! The monthly loan payment is typically just slightly more than the electric bill that gets replaced. The panels are typically paid off in about 12-15 years and then they can last 50+ years. After the loan is paid the homeowner enjoys almost free electricity. Almost because there remains a small monthly fee (about $30) for being connected to the grid. Too many homeowners are unaware of this. Encouraging home energy audits would help reveal this to our homeowners.
I am a single mom to a great 10-year-old son. We've loved calling Lafayette our home for 7 years now. We especially enjoy all the Rec Center sports teams, our great public library and school system, the beautiful views at Waneka, and hanging out downtown. We love getting outdoors as often as we can, and celebrated my 50th birthday this summer by camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
I grew up in Akron, Ohio with a strong motivation to be helpful to others. I earned a biology degree, with a concentration in genetics, from Case Western Reserve University; and worked at Ohio State University Hospital, coordinating clinical trials. In my late twenties, I began exploring social and economic justice issues; worked at a community center for low income families; joined several peace and justice activist groups; and co-edited a progressive monthly newspaper. Upon moving to Boulder in 1999, I worked at Free Speech TV, joined an activist media collective, and coordinated a series called Films for Change at the Boulder library, where I led community discussions about social justice issues. In my mid-thirties, I earned a master’s degree in counseling from Naropa; interned at Access Counseling for low income residents; and worked at the Boulder County Mental Health Center. I currently work at CU as a research assistant and didn't think I would return to activist work until my son was older. But when Proposition 112 failed last year, I realized for the first time that our beautiful Colorado environment wasn't being protected as much as I'd expected it should be. I was shocked to learn how quickly and extensively Colorado politicians leased away our environment to oil and gas destruction. We are currently approaching 60,000 active wells in Colorado, with no end in sight, despite strong community objections to this travesty. When I discovered East Boulder County United (EBCU) and their successful 7 year long grassroots effort to ban fracking in Lafayette and Boulder County, I finally felt some hope. I joined their ranks in January 2019 and strongly support the Lafayette Community Bill of Rights and the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights, which EBCU members spearheaded and helped pass. I agree with EBCU's analysis that negotiating allowable harms with the oil and gas industry will never stop drilling or tackle climate change. As we saw in Broomfield, this approach inevitably ends with drilling near residents and lots of methane for neighboring towns to breathe. With the Acme Pad now being forced into Erie, it's imperative that Lafayette maintain a strongly defiant stance against being drilled.
I am running for public office for the first time to hold that line, with four other community rights advocates. Together, we can offer a climate rights majority voice on city council and relentlessly assert our fundamental right to protect the environment. Oil and gas extraction is threatening irreversible climate change. We have an obligation to protect future generations from this crisis, and I am here to fiercely do so.
My top priority is to address the climate crisis by asserting Lafayette's right to ban fracking. I would support a ballot initiative to make Lafayette's Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter. I would elevate climate and community rights over extractive industry interests in all deliberations and decisions. I would support all regional grassroots efforts to ban oil and gas permitting. As a single mom, who faced housing insecurity for years, I also see the affordable housing crisis as a top priority. I support all of the Livable Lafayette Task Force recommendations to protect and expand affordable housing, and would be a strong advocate for Lafayette renters and mobile home owners. Additionally, since development and traffic planning are such hot button issues in our town, I’d support extensive community input and approval for development and traffic planning.
Lafayette has implemented their business growth plans with great wisdom. Locating bigger sales tax generating stores on 287 has allowed us to focus on character more than tax revenue streams downtown, to great effect. I support protecting and expanding local small businesses and community projects there. I think the LURA Vision Plan is a beautiful document, that has guided downtown development well. I liked how LURA recently halted the development plan for the 700 block of Public Road, to purchase the parcels for more community-centric projects. They heard strong community feedback to do so and were very responsive. I support similar community input and responsiveness in all downtown development planning.
I appreciate the foresight of Lafayette's growth plans and caps. We've protected our town's character, while allowing a small amount of density for affordable housing needs. I support the city's purchase of the property at 120th & Emma for development in partnership with the Boulder County Housing Authority and think it was a good step in addressing our housing crisis. As someone who had to move 3 times in 5 years with a young child because I got priced out of rentals, I appreciate our community offering ways for young people and families to avoid that nightmare. As we approach build-out, I would support a few more similarly well-thought out uses of land bundles for affordable housing.
As a single mom, working full time, I am priced out of home ownership and apartment rental in Lafayette. I deeply appreciate our mobile home communities, as they were the last affordable housing option I could find here. I am a strong advocate for mobile home owners and all Lafayette renters. I support implementation of the recommendations of the Livable Lafayette Task force to: allow ADUs throughout Lafayette; remove barriers to shared housing; explore additional land banking opportunities; and develop a mobile home park preservation strategy. I would also support a luxury tax to offset affordable housing costs, and an expansion of Sec 8 voucher usage in town. I see the affordable housing crisis as a real test of our community’s humanity. There really isn’t anywhere else to go, where rents aren’t pricing out lower income individuals and families. We need to offer secure housing options for a more diverse population, and stop contributing to increased homelessness nationwide.
Lafayette should take a strong stand to address the climate crisis. We should pass an initiative to make the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of our charter and use it to ban fracking and pollutive industry. We should elevate community and climate rights above corporate profiteering in all deliberations and decisions. We should join forces with other cities and grassroots movements across the Front Range to deny oil and gas permitting, on the basis that it violates our fundamental right to a clean environment. We should rigorously discuss and pursue ways to stop the climate crisis and protect our environment from destruction. We should continue Lafayette's great sustainability projects and planning, but recognize they alone will not stop climate change. We need to take a strong stance against oil and gas extraction and win this fight for the sake of all future generations.
For as long as I can remember I have been an individual that stands up for those less fortunate and often forgotten. However it was not until I became a mother at 19 that I decided to dedicate my life to public service as a way to contribute to making the world a better place for my son.
That adventure began with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and six years of intensive case management services for individuals experiencing crisis, mental health struggles, AODA issues, family conflicts, homelessness. These experiences helped me learn the system both inside and out, and provided me the opportunity to develop the speed and creativity of my problem-solving abilities, along with my flexibility, all while under extreme pressure.
Unfortunately after a few years, I realized I could not continue to work within a system that was so broken; I needed to utilize my skills of creative problem solving and knowledge of the system to explore public administration and policy.
It was this realization that drew me to Colorado, to take the leap, as a single mother of two boys, to obtain my Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in policy. Primarily focusing on two of my passions, addressing federal welfare policy/programs and studying “The Cliff Effect”, which, due to the extensive cost of living, is extremely prevalent in this area. The cliff effect occurs when a family begins to earn above the federal poverty guidelines, becoming ineligible for subsidies on food, housing, child care, and other benefits, which is between $32,000-$47,500 for a family of 4. Unfortunately in Lafayette it is calculated that you need approximately $75,000 for a family of 4 to be able to cover their living expenses, resulting in a $28,000-$42,000 cliff.
Additionally, in my free time, I began by helping out at my son’s school, first assisting with PTA events, and fundraisers, and then grant writing for Sanchez. As their voluntary Grant Writer, I was able to obtain funding by contacting local and national companies to request donations for field trips, and classroom supplies.
My decision to run for City Council on a Community Rights platform was made after being inspired by how this county and community fights for our environment. Here is a small town of 27,000 citizens, in a county of 325,000, making national news and creating ripple effects across the country drawing attention to the climate crisis, and local community rights (or the lack thereof). I believe it is our government’s primary responsibility to protect our land, air, and water –– as a fundamental obligation, and I realized that, if a small city has ever had a chance to make national change, it is Lafayette, Colorado. And for my children and the greater good of society, I want nothing more then to be a driving force in that change!
The largest priority facing Lafayette, as well as the greater society is our climate crisis. As a Community Rights Advocate, my slate mates: Borrell, Briggs, Feffer, Townsend, and myself believe passing a fracking ban is of utmost importance for our community and environment. By enforcing our current Climate Bill of Rights and supporting a ballot initiative to make it a permanent part of our city charter to ensure we prevent anything that is a threat to our health, safety and ecosystem. Additionally, as a resident of Aspinwall at Josephine Commons, I am a strong supporter of affordable housing and would like to see additional affordable scattered sight housing and lot limits for our local trailer park residents.
The city of Lafayette has done a great job with balancing growth and keeping the cities historic charm. By establishing a few chain stores on hwy 287, which allows for increased tax revenue for the city, Old Towns character is able to be maintained and enjoyed. Currently, Lafayette has some amazing events throughout the year that draw in significant crowded to the area and our local shops: Spot the Elf, Faire Fest, Oatmeal Fest, and the Peach Festival all bring in added revenue to the area. By expanding the size and advertisement associated with such events we can further increase funds generate to local businesses without having to continue expanding big businesses to grow tax generation.
According to Boulder County Housing and Human Services 2018 research, 55% of renters in Lafayette are identified as being “housing cost-burdened” (spend over 30% of their income towards housing), with over 1/4th of renters spending over half their income. However, of the current development projects in Lafayette, less than 10% includes affordable housing. The city did recently increase the residential developer fee, also known as an “opt-out” fee, from $.60 per square feet on new residential development to $1.00 which will generate added funding for affordable housing development, such as the proposed project located on 120th and Emma. Unfortunately, this type of funding generation/project base, not only ensures all affordable units remain in designated areas, but it also limits how quickly affordable housing can be available, minimizing the assistance we are able to provide everyday residents who are struggling to keep their current housing.
As outlined above, I feel Lafayette needs to continue to expand affordable housing options, in addition to lot limits as this provides continuous support of struggling local residents, oppose to waiting 7+ years for enough funding to develop hundreds of affordable housing units in very close proximity. As a former housing case manager, I would encourage the city to decrease the residential developer fee on new residential development, while implementing new residential development to accept section 8 vouchers or develop a program for families over the federal poverty guidelines, but below the area cost of living. Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, I think it is a terrific option to increase the availability of affordable housing and also allows homeowners the ability to increase their own income without requiring significant development, keeping profits local and not in the hands of corporate developers who have no interest in building affordable options.
Tied to what I identified as the largest priority facing Lafayette, which is ensuring the community and our environment are protected from corporate greed and danger, the first thing that needs to occur is a fracking ban. We know all too well, especially looking to our neighbors that regulation does not work and the O & G industry can not be trusted. Lafayette citizens have already voiced their belief that clean air, pure water, and a renewable energy future are our intrinsic rights and therefore want oil and gas drilling banned as a violation of those rights. Therefore I would support an initiative to make our current Climate Bill of Rights a permanent part of Lafayette's charter. Additionally, I would support initiatives that would decrease or eliminate single-use plastics and require new housing development to be more renewable energy ready.
As the incumbent on the ballot who has served a full, four-year term, I want you know I love it! I sat down with my teenagers and said...."okay, family meeting, time to decide if I put my name on the ballot for re-election." They looked at me with questioning eyes and responded, "Why are you even asking us that....you love it! Why would you not???" Best endorsement ever!
I approach the role with curiosity and meticulous attention, listening to the questions you are asking. I’m your neighbor. I work here. I own a home here. I’m raising a family here, and I have aging parents.
My main priorities are transportation, sustainability, livable Lafayette, and resilient, safe neighborhoods. The issues Lafayette faces require relationships with our surrounding communities, which I’ve been developing. I started this journey while I was Executive Director of the Long-Term Flood Recovery Group helping people recover from the 2013 flood. That experience of community building gave me a desire to deepen my roots in the place I call home.
Our city has just begun our new comprehensive master plan, we have a new city administrator and new public works director. I ask for your vote to allow me to connect the past four years with continuity to the next four years.
If re-elected, I would continue to preserve and improve the quality of life for Lafayette residents. I want to collaboratively build strong, resilient neighborhoods where people feel involved and connected with each other. It’s critical to make sure plans for short- and long-term growth are developed responsibly so city services are supported and maintained. As we do that, multi-generational living and services must be thoroughly discussed to serve Lafayette, as a livable place at all stages of life. This includes a multi-modal transportation master planning, supporting a thriving aging community, fostering equity and inclusion, and public safety opportunities.
Lafayette is at a tipping point and has thriving pockets throughout the city which are coming to life. I would support creating an economic development plan with smart and intentional strategies for our commercial growth. I would support the continuation of Lafayette Urban Renewal District, leveraging our Enterprise & Opportunity Zones, increased parking, and safe walkability.
I continue to be passionate about leading Lafayette toward enterprising ways to honor our small-town values, heritage, creativity and diversity—which includes our thriving Old Town. While on council, I have been part of launching our new comprehensive master plan to create a resident-led vision for our future that nurtures and maintains the community people chose to call home – visit LegacyLafayette.org for more details. I would continue to support a growth management ordinance and am dedicated to improving the flow of feet, bikes, buses and cars. While on council, I have secured federal funding for improvements to the intersection at 119th and Hwy 7, and expect the Willoughby Corner project to allow for a range of affordable, workforce housing and RTD service.
While on council, I helped to develop the Livable Lafayette Task Force which created recommendations for addressing affordable housing in Lafayette. In addition of land purchases for affordable, workforce housing, I was part of adopting the goal of 12% permanently deed restricted affordable, and support solutions to preserve naturally affordable living. I continue to support accessible living options and would seek funding grants to support aging-in-place solutions. Too many are burdened by paying more than 30% of their income toward housing. I support expanding Accessory Dwelling Units, and would investigate private/non-profit opportunities that would include an affordability incentive for ADUs.
As an incumbent city council member, I have supported the city’s robust renewable energy and solid waste diversion goals. In addition, I have supported environmental and sustainability efforts to improve multi-modal transportation options and steps to adopt resilient, green building codes. Regionally, collaboration is critical for protecting our right to clean air and water. Lafayette must continue to partner with those supportive of protecting neighborhoods and schools from the health and environmental hazards of oil and gas development. We must project Lafayette by advocating for leak detection and air monitoring, supporting and signing onto legal efforts, and fighting for our own rules to protect our community from harmful industrial activity.
My top priorities for preparing and elevating Lafayette for the future include:
Municipal, High-Speed Internet: Lafayette should explore opportunities to bring faster Internet speeds at a reasonable price to our residents. One of the options Lafayette could explore is creating a public utility and turning Internet service into a public good.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Traffic Mitigation: Studies show that artificial intelligence signal lights reduce travel times by 15% to 20%. I propose Lafayette reviews the technology and develop a plan to convert signal lights to the new smart signals.
Publicly Funded Elections: Lafayette could increase diversity among our elected leaders and access to our municipal elections. I propose we adopt an election funding model similar to Boulder's, where the city offers matching funds to qualifying candidates.
There is a location in Lafayette for every type of business in our community, from large businesses to small, locally-owned businesses. Just as Highway 287 serves as a critical location for larger businesses, South Public Road serves as the principal location for our small business owners. Lafayette needs to ensure the small-town feel of our downtown. I would like to see us continue to find creative ways to bring our residents downtown to enhance our sense of community and pride in our city. Events like Art Night Out, the weekly Farmer's Market, and Halloween Window Contest allows us to showcase a vibrant and eclectic business district that is unique to Lafayette.
If elected, I would ask that a survey be delivered to small business owners. This survey would provide small business owners the opportunity to give the city council feedback on what could be done to enhance their ability to thrive in Lafayette.
City Council must foster a housing environment that promotes affordability and attainability. A balanced solution that secures our small-town character that also ensures that those who want to live and work in Lafayette can do so, I believe, is the best path forward.
These are two questions that seek to remediates issues surrounding Lafayette housing:
Does the development have access to major arterial roadways and signals? Part of any project should include improvements to the current infrastructure to allow for traffic to flow away from neighborhood streets.
Is the development compatible with surrounding properties? The developer should create transition zones within the development. For example, if the development is placed near a neighborhood with single-family homes, the developer should place single-family homes at the edge near the existing neighborhood and then place higher density housing toward the center of the development and away from the neighborhood.
I support innovative policies that increase affordable and attainable housing in Lafayette. I believe that Lafayette residents should be able to live and work in the same community if they choose to do so. I do not want us to experience the same problem many Colorado cities are experiencing, where residents must commute over 20 miles to their place of employment.
The following steps should be taken to maintain an affordable and attainable housing stock in Lafayette:
Change existing building codes to allow for the building of Ancillary Dwelling Units or ADUs across all residential zoning districts.
Factor tiny houses into the solution. Lafayette should look at how other communities have incorporated tiny houses into their housing stock and then work to decide the best use of tiny houses for Lafayette.
As Lafayette moves toward the future, new, innovative, and sustainable policies need to be researched and organized for implementation through the City Council. One of the creative ideas that should be studied is incentivizing Lafayette home builders to install sustainable features in the homes they build. Some of these sustainable features include solar panels, pre-wired connections for electric vehicles, and sustainable building materials. Providing homebuyers choices when it comes to the sustainability of their home will allow homebuyers to stay within their budget and minimize the impact of sustainable home features to the rising cost of housing.