City Council Meeting Recap
Jan. 3, 2023
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OPENING OF REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING
APPROVED 7-0: CONSENT AGENDA
PRESENTATIONSMunicipal Court Update
- December 20, 2022, City Council Meeting Minutes
- Resolution No. 2023-01 / Designating Public Locations for Posting Notices of City Council, City Board, and City Commission Meetings
- Resolution No. 2023-02 / Amendment to the Ryan – Medtronic Office Campus Subdivision, Filing No. 1 Subdivision Development Agreement
- Resolution No. 2023-04 / Nineteenth Interim Agreement between the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) Water Activity Enterprise and the City of Lafayette
- Motion to Call a Special City Council Meeting for 5:30pm on January 18, 2023, and Waive Personal Service of Meeting Notice
Lafayette Code requires City Council to appoint a Municipal Judge to a term of two years and best practice is for a regular update to City Council on court operations. Judge Bailhache was appointed on January 5, 2021, for a term beginning February 1, 2021, thru January 31, 2023. Council will be considering a reappointment resolution to extend Judge Bailhache’s term for another two years at its January 17 meeting. Flock Safety Presentation
Crime rates in Colorado continue to top pre-pandemic levels with Colorado ranking first in motor vehicle theft and second in property crimes. The Lafayette Police Department continually looks for socially responsible technology to help deter and solve crimes in our community and are especially concerned with the increasing trends in auto thefts and auto related thefts over the past few years.
ALPRs (Automatic License Plate Readers) are stationary cameras being piloted within Lafayette municipal rights-of-ways to capture objective evidence (still photos of rear of vehicle and license plates) without compromising on individual privacy or collecting personal identifying information. The system provides real-time alerting of stolen vehicles and vehicles associated with wanted criminals and missing endangered children and adults. The system also provides law enforcement a database of information to search for leads in criminal investigations. The Flock system is currently used in many Boulder County jurisdictions as well as across the state.
Public outreach about the ALPRs began in April 2022, with a pilot test period that launched in October. Council provided direction to continue with the APLR implementation. REGULAR BUSINESSItems Pertaining to the West Waneka Open Space Parcel
The City of Lafayette purchased the 15.5-acre West Waneka Open Space (WWOS) parcel in 2019 with Open Space funds. Due to its ownership and proximity, it is desirable to have the parcel annexed into the Lafayette City limits. The WWOS annexation will also include the entirety of the 4.2-acre former Burlington Railroad right-of-way parcel abutting the property to the west, which is also owned by the City, and the northern half of the adjacent E. Emma Street right-of-way to the south to ensure city limits boundaries are consistent and without gaps. Annexation of the E. Emma Street right-of-way also will facilitate public improvements associated with the Willoughby Corner project. The parcel is L-shaped, and a future trail is planned for the leg along E. Emma St. beyond the plan for trails, there are no development plans for the property. The property will continue to be open space.
- APPROVED 6-0: Public Hearing / First Reading / Ordinance No. 01, Series 2023 / Waneka Open Space Annexation [Notice Published in the Daily Camera December 16, 2022]
- APPROVED 6-0: Public Hearing / First Reading / Ordinance No. 02, Series 2023 / Initial Zoning of Waneka Open Space Parcel and E. Emma Right-of-Way [Notice Published in the Daily Camera December 16, 2022]
APPROVED 5-0: Resolution No. 2023-03 / Establishing the 2023 Residential Permit Allocations and Modifying Non-Exempt Residential Annual Allocation Schedules
City Council is required to pass an annual resolution pertaining to the City’s residential growth management program each year by January 31. The Annual Resolution achieves three things: 1) Modifies all active non-exempt development annual allocation schedules based upon the specific development’s previous year’s performance. 2) Sets the number of non-exempt residential building permits allowed to be issued in 2023, and the projected number of non-exempt building permits for 2023. (Nonexempt permits are permits subject to the City’s growth management limits.) 3) Sets the number of exempt residential building permits for permanently affordable housing allowed to be issued in 2023. (Exempt permits are for units not subject to
the City’s grown management limits, as allowed by the Charter.)
Resolution No. 2023-03 modifies all active project allocation schedules, sets the 2023 allowed permitting level at 555, sets the anticipated 2024 permitting level at 125, and sets the number of available permits for permanently affordable units at 50 for 2023.
APPROVED 5-0: Resolution No. 2023-06 / Willoughby Corner Affordable Housing Project Fee and Construction Use Tax Waiver or Deferral
The Willoughby Corner development seeks to construct a new 400 dwelling unit affordable housing neighborhood at the southwest corner of E. Emma Street and N. 120th Street. The neighborhood will include permanently deed-restricted housing units available to individuals or families earning between 30% and 120% of the Boulder County area medium income (AMI).
The developer, Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA), is requesting development and permitting fee waivers and use tax exemptions for Phase 1A of the Willoughby Corner affordable housing development. The total amount of development fees eligible to be waived or deferred for the entire project is estimated at $2.7 million and use tax eligible to be waived is estimated at $3.2 million. The amount of fees for Phase 1A is estimated at $464,513 and use tax is estimated at $391,290.
APPROVED 5-0: Resolution No. 2023-08 / Future 42 Corridor Study Adoption
The Future 42 project was initiated in 2021 as a collaborative effort between the Cities of Lafayette and Louisville to establish a vision for the Highway 42 (95th Street) corridor. The project received partial funding through a Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Transportation Improvement Program grant. The process to date has included field surveys, two community engagement windows, and stakeholder meetings. This information has informed the technical analysis of various alternatives along the corridor intended to service all users: automobiles, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / January 16, 2023
Radon Action Month / January 1-31, 2023
City Administrator’s Report: There are still seats open for the 14th Legislative Breakfast on Feb 5. There will be a special meeting on Jan. 18 at 6pm to discuss the City Administrator’s evaluation. Jan. 23 will be the DEI meeting with Dr. Allen accompanied by citywide training.
Councilor Barnes – Black History Month is coming up in February. Adderly Grant Lord will be presenting her art at East Simpson Coffee.
Councilor Walton – Thanks to Director Arthur and Public Works for their work over the holidays to clear roadways.
Mayor Pro Tem Wong – Thanks to Council for taking goodies to Public Works and the Police Department over the holidays. Appreciate the Willoughby Corner discussion, it was a difficult discussion and would like to acknowledge staff’s work.