New Boulder County Remodel and Construction Limits

If you’ve been following the City of Boulder’s ongoing efforts to control house sizes you might be interested to know that there was a meeting to discuss Boulder County TDCs and SPR regulation changes.

It was a presentation to local Realtors by the Boulder County Land Use Department. What you need to know is there are some new restrictions and rules if you’re planning to build a new home, or substantially renovate an existing home, in unincorporated Boulder County.

If you find you’re considering a change and have some questions about real estate in our area, please send me an email or give me a call so we can talk about what’s important to you right now.

Monday morning I attended a program presented by Ruth C. Becker, the Boulder County TDC Clearinghouse Administrator. Becker explained Boulder County’s Expanded Transferable Development Rights/Credits Program.

There are many facets to the program, and certainly many questions were posed to Becker during her presentation. I’ll outline a few of the points that stood out to me, and if you have more questions, please let me know. I’ll research the answers if I don’t have them for you already.

This has been a hot topic for those living in unincorporated Boulder County. Especially since early in the year when county commissioners started working towards rules and guidelines to manage the size of homes in the county. You might remember that there was an attempt to quickly put a new set of guidelines in place, which was met with public dissent and much squabbling.

On August 8, 2008, county commissioners adopted a new program which uses what are called Transferrable Development Credits (TDCs) to manage who gets to build large homes. If you have a smaller home in Boulder County (under 2000 square feet) the program also allows you to sell TDCs to those people that want to build a larger home.

Before I get into the details, the most important thing to know is that if you are planning to build a new home, or remodel an existing home in unincorportated Boulder county, you don’t have too much to worry about if the home is similar in size to the rest of the neighborhood, and it’s size is between 2000 square feet and 6000 square feet, including basement, garage, and some outbuildings.

I’ll have some additional information in future posts on my blog, and if you want to research this more on your own, a good resource may be the website Becker referred to in her presentation.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to email or call me if you are thinking about buying or selling real estate.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

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