Boulder City Council votes down suspending occupancy limits
By Katie Langford. Originally published in the Daily Camera on September 17, 2020.
"Boulder will not suspend occupancy limits during the coronavirus pandemic, with a split 4-4 City Council vote on Tuesday, causing the proposed measure to fail.
City Council members Rachel Friend, Adam Swetlik, Aaron Brockett and Junie Joseph voted in favor of the measure while Bob Yates, Mary Young, Sam Weaver and Mark Wallach voted against it.
Council member Mirabai Nagle was absent from the meeting, but previously told council she did not support the measure.
The motion requested the city manager allow households to exceed the city’s occupancy limits until May 31, 2021, 'to allow dwelling units to safely house people during the COVID-19 pandemic.' Most of Boulder only allows up to three unrelated people to live together.
Gov. Jared Polis has encouraged municipalities to suspend or eliminate occupancy limits during the pandemic, but that was not enough to convince four of the City Council members."