Boulder city attorney says planning board did not violate Sunshine Law

From The Daily Camera (Boulder):  Boulder Planning Board members did not violate Colorado’s Open Meetings Act or otherwise act improperly when they supported a much more restrictive version of a building-height moratorium than the measure backed by the City Council, City Attorney Tom Carr concluded after investigating the matter.

The City Council had asked for the investigation of the Planning Board’s Feb. 19 meeting and, in particular, a motion made by board member — and former councilwoman — Crystal Gray that the city not accept any requests for height modifications, except for a proposed expansion of the Frasier Meadows retirement community.

City Council members were responding to concerns from some in the community — none of them identified publicly — that Gray’s motion was discussed and agreed to before the Planning Board’s meeting.

Carr said he reviewed the videotape of the meeting, spoke with individual Planning Board members and reviewed emails related to the motion.

“Based on all of the information that I have obtained, I am convinced that Crystal Gray drafted the motion herself, without the assistance or prior knowledge of any other Planning Board member,” Carr wrote in a memo to the City Council. “Based on all of the evidence that I have seen, I am convinced that there was no wrongdoing at the February 19, 2015, Planning Board meeting.”

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