Ballot Question 300: Bedrooms are for People
By Daily Camera Staff. Originally published in the Daily Camera on October 10, 2021.
"What it asks: 'Shall the City of Boulder expand access to housing by allowing all housing units to be occupied by a number of people equal to the number of legal bedrooms, plus one additional person per home, provided that relevant health and safety codes are met?'
What it means: Voters are being asked to approve a change to Boulder’s occupancy limits to allow more unrelated people to live together. In most parts of Boulder, it is illegal for more than three unrelated people to live together. If approved, this measure would allow all residences to be occupied by as many people as there are legal bedrooms, plus one additional person per home.
What supporters say: Supporters say the measure would help people be able to better afford housing in Boulder. People have also argued that this is a right of personal choice for people to be able to live with who they want, which supports LGBTQ couples. The measure would also expand housing options for seniors or people who are retired, it lessens the need to continue building and adding more housing in the city, it would lessen traffic and pollution by keeping people in Boulder and it ends what supporters say is a discriminatory law that segregates people."