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The city of Boulder is taking a page out of the county commissioners’ notebook in trying to curb egregious-sized homes from being built. While details are still a ways away from being hammered out, by the time this magazine hits newsstands, an interim restriction will likely be offered to city council—and this will slow the rush of permits being filed by developers concerned over potential size limits. Supporters say huge homes destroy the character of Boulder’s established neighborhoods. County commissioners have grappled with curbing home size in unincorporated parts of the county. Both efforts have pitted smart growth advocates against developers.

What’s Next: City council will likely approve a six-month interim restriction this month; then grab a front row seat for the sure-to-be long and ugly public battle.

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