Fight Brews In Boulder Over Technology, Business Growth

Boulder, Colorado has been a poster child for how to successful create a startup community--and has been used as a model around the world for its success in attracting both startups and successful technology companies to town. However, that success is causing some major friction in town, as a group has launched two ballot measures--300, Neighborhood Right to Vote on Land Use Regulation Changes, and 301, New Development Shall Pay Its Own Way--which threaten to shut down the ability of companies to build and grow in Boulder. On one side are local investors like The Foundry Group--which is running an effort to get people to vote no on both issues; and on the other side is a group called Livable Boulder--which decries out of control development in the city. Both 300 and 301 would allow local neighborhoods to vote on land use changes, and also require developers to pay for municipal upgrades; Foundry says those efforts would literally "shut the door to our city" to companies by freezing development.