Boulder releases once-confidential report on planning board investigation

From the Daily Camera (Boulder):  Boulder Planning Board member Crystal Gray did not discuss a motion she made supporting a more restrictive version of the city’s height moratorium with other board members before a February meeting that later became the focus of controversy, City Attorney Tom Carr said in a previously confidential investigative report released Wednesday.

Even if she had discussed the motion with other Planning Board members, it wouldn’t have been a violation of open meetings law, provided she didn’t seek to secure their votes in advance, Carr wrote.

Gray did email the motion language to three people before the meeting: Steve Pomerance, Allyn Feinberg and City Councilman Sam Weaver.

Weaver did not respond. Pomerance and Feinberg, a politically influential couple who have been the driving force behind Livable Boulder, each told Gray her motion “looks good,” though they questioned the usefulness of one clause related to “community benefit.”

There are no rules that prevent members of the Planning Board or City Council from communicating with residents about legislative matters, and in one sense it’s a critical part of serving on those boards.

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