Reduce car emissions by changing zoning laws to allow more people to live in boulder!
We have created a system where we do not allow people to build out or up, or to densify. This creates housing scarcity and means we have way more people who work in boulder than live there. By forcing people to live in the suburbs we create an army of car commuters. The single biggest impact boulder could have on its environmental impact is to change zoning laws to enable more dense housing. Keep the green belt, keep the parks, keep the height limit even, just allow more density. Eliminate single family zoning and minimum lot sizes and simply make things residential or commercial. Interweave the commercial with the residential to create more complete communities and count mixed use as residential. This creates nicer communities, less pollution, less car travel and traffic, more public transportation use, and better, newer housing. Do we want to be a city with sky high rents to live in crappy houses that haven't been updated nice the 80's? Because that is our current reputation. Landlords have no motivation to update their rentals if there is no competition. It is essential too that this is done in all neighborhoods, including wealthy neighborhoods like Chautauqua and Mapleton hill. To reduce car travel we must have denser housing closer to downtown where the jobs are. It's also a moral issue:the wealthy shouldn't be exempt from sacrifices for the betterment of everyone. The rest of the state thinks we are hypocrites who claim to care about the environment but really only cares about housing values. Let's prove them wrong.