Boulder House Size Rules Final

The Boulder house size rules are now final as of about a week ago. In case you missed it, the Boulder city council, narrowly approved the controversial measure with a vote of 4-3.

What this means is that there’s finally a new set of rules for building and renovating homes in Boulder. The “compatible-development” ordinance outlines the rules to help us know what’s too big, or not, for a given neighborhood in an effort to preserve the character of the area.

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As far as the new house-size regulations are concerned, I think that the spirit of what city planners are doing makes quite a bit of sense. While it’s frustrating for some who’ve planned their own large home or expansion project, some neighborhoods have seen pretty drastic changes in the character and feel of their neighborhood as 900 – 1200 square foot homes are replaced with 5000-plus square foot homes, blocking views, towering over neighbors, and interrupting access to solar, all pertinent issues in Boulder.

Yep, there are other building restrictions that cover some of these issues, and in a forward-thinking community such as Boulder, it’s no surprise that changes and rules like this come into our community.

The ordinance goes into effect on January 4th 2010. The new rules include limits on the ratio of square footage to lot size, the three-dimensional space that homes fill, restrictions on long walls without an architectural ‘interruption’, and the physical footprint of a building.

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Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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