Broomfield - your voice needs to be heard on SB23-213.
On April 4, the Broomfield City Council voted to oppose the SB23-213 sweeping land use legislation. Since being introduced, Broomfield has been engaging with the Governor’s office and our local legislators to deliver a blueprint for how Broomfield has intentionally and thoughtfully developed a path to build a diverse housing stock that doesn’t include the state telling local governments where, when and how to build affordable units.
A powerful bi-partisan partnership has formed between State Senators Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, and Barbara Kirkmeyer, R-Brighton, to oppose the bill. They stated it best in their Colorado Sun Op-Ed piece that was published on Sunday, April 23:
“The heart of any community is the people who live there, who robustly engage their elected leaders in matters of huge consequence. Local elected leaders then have the responsibility to weigh that citizen-input with a long-term vision for the community that includes identifying challenges and opportunities for growth, both locally and in partnership with their neighbors.
Senate Bill 213 would essentially eliminate that grassroots vibrancy. Decisions impacting communities’ future would be made by an unelected commission of 13 people in Denver, appointed by the governor and the legislature, with the ultimate decision coming from a single individual — the director of the Department of Local Affairs."
Impact on Local Neighborhoods:
The bill allows single family residential lots in existing neighborhoods to be redeveloped with 4-plexes without any public input or engagement. Homeowners Associations would not have the authority to restrict such redevelopment.
Local Infrastructure Planning:
The state’s approach doesn’t take into account the critical water and access infrastructure to accommodate forced development. Our local water and sewer systems, streets, roads and infrastructure can’t support unplanned, forced development.
How you can tell our local representatives to oppose this bill:
Below are channels to express opposition. Let’s tell our local state representatives that Broomfield needs to maintain the authority to decide when, where and how to develop.
Contact them and say NO -State Preemption is NOT good for Broomfield!
- Contact Senator Faith Winter
- Phone: 303-866-4863
- Email: email@example.com
- Contact Representative William Lindstedt
- Representative Lindstedt is a former Broomfield City Councilmember familiar with how Broomfield has approached development thoughtfully and with community input.
- Phone: 303-866-4667
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org