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Re: “Council approves parking variance for Ivywild project

I think this is fine, not a big deal at all. Parking around there is tough, I get it, but this opens up an opportunity for the business to partnership with a ride sharing company, to reduce the amount of cars requiring spaces.

Posted by Matt 2 on 07/17/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Floyd's 99 Barbershop

Hannah B. gave me the best haircut of my life! She's a sweetheart and totally knows what she's doing. Definitely going back to her. :-)

Posted by renebobo on 07/17/2019 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

STR's, aka Airbnbs, are not long term rental stays. They are exactly like a B&B or vacation home and should be taxed accordingly. If hotels, b&bs, cabins, cottages, campgrounds have to pay taxes than STR's should as well. If you are planning on going into business for yourself, which is what these property owners are doing, then you need to pay taxes.

Posted by Jackie Reynolds on 07/17/2019 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Stop playing with parks ownership

Parks should perhaps be taken out of the hands of 'politicians' and placed with a Parks Board with it's own dedicated revenue stream? Parks are very important for the region. Politicians, not so much.

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Posted by R Wehner on 07/17/2019 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

Please check out www.npaofcos.org if any of the following three points concern you. It's a group of concerned residents called the Neighborhood Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs.

This idea of taxing STRs (Short Term Rentals) at the commercial rate is, frankly, not crazy government over-reach. The reality is that government has a constitutional right to tax (like it or not). Mr. Schleiker understands that Colorado State tax laws define lodging as "stays of less than 30 days". Lodging activity is defined the same way in Colorado Springs City Code and the IRS sees it that way too. It's not surprising that El Paso County wants it's share of tax as well. For more info, check out the State's FYI document regarding lodging taxes here:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Sales11.pdf.

It's not a new tax. It's been on the books in Colorado State law for many years.

That's point one. Point two is that commercial lodging activity has no business in residential areas. The idea that providing housing to local residents (long term rentals) is exactly the same activity as providing short-term lodging to guests just doesn't hold water: lodging does not equal residing. Limited, owner-occupied home occupations certainly do belong in residential areas (like an accountant or hair stylist), but full-time STR lodging activity in otherwise unoccupied homes doesn't. The City's current STR laws allow a nearly unlimited amount of our homes and apartments to be converted to full-time STR use (yes, there are still some folks that actually live in the properties that they're offering as STRs and we support that), which leads to point three.

Point three is that most listings (over 75%) in Colorado Springs are whole-home listings, and just under half (at last check in February) were offered by multi-listing "hosts" who do not reside in the residences that they are offering. This practice is taking desperately-needed housing options away from the full-time rental and owner market. Study after study proves that non-owner-occupied STRs are NOT the cause of our housing availability crisis, but they are absolutely exacerbating it.

In 2013, there were 69 TOTAL Airbnb listings in Colorado Springs. In Q2 of 2019, there were 2,605 ACTIVE listings. That's a growth rate of 3,775%. If you don't have a hotel next door to you now, just wait. Actually, don't wait. Contact Council and ask them to add a primary residency requirement to STRs and encourage them to follow through with the density caps on STR permits that are being discussed.

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Posted by Neighborhood Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs on 07/17/2019 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Stop playing with parks ownership

Apologies ... punctuation got lost in the transfer from phone to website ... and it's North Cheyenne Canon Park of course.

Posted by Donna Strom on 07/17/2019 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Stop playing with parks ownership

Im struck by the repeated use of the word major in this article. Over 90% of Colorados cites have parks protection on the books, some for decades, and most without finding it necessary to qualify the size of the parcel being given up. In Victor Colorado it is said of the threat to the citys reservoirs the following, We protect our reservoirs like they were our own children. Does our precious ownership of parks and open spaces deserve any less? Only in Colorado Springs does the concept of giving the people their voice get willfully cast aside by a handful of control-freaks who occupy positions of power on the parks advisory board and city council. One might think that allowing the people to decide on the disposition of our own publicly-held parklands will lead to anarchy. Nonsense. If the body council agrees to anything short of letting the people decide the fate of publicly-held lands, the path to repeated Strawberry Fields transfers will be well on its way. The promise of privately-funded improvements comes hand-in-hand with the loss of ownership and unfettered commercialization. Its a pact made with the devil. And the victims are voiceless .... the mental and physical health of our children and succeeding generations lies in the balance. Parklands are CRITICAL and the right to decide their disposition rightly lies in the hands of the generation of parents who seek to protect the legacy we pass on.
Say hello to a McDonalds sitting right in the middle of North Cheyenne Caon Park. Or, far more likely, watch the acreage of publicly-accessible parklands in Colorado Springs shrink slowly and relatively unnoticed .... until General Palmers vision for Colorado Springs becomes little more than a distant and disrespected memory.
I strongly suspect that Mr. Williams had a good chunk of behind-the-scenes help when he hijacked the POPS committee proceedings with his proposal. Say hello to your next mayor..... puppet on a string.

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Posted by Donna Strom on 07/17/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

And as a starter - place this new AirB&B over in the Patty Jewett neighborhood for a week. That area is not zoned for this type use (sleeping in weenies) but zoning has little meaning for the current council. And, the need for us all to get used to the changes being brought to us by council needs to start someplace - - - like:

"We will place low income housing in all neighborhoods, I promise." Councilperson Gaebler.

Putting these changes in zoning and allowed usage - - and "placing low income housing in all areas" should be started in the Patty Jewett area first on a trial basis and see how it works out - - perhaps even a 'shelter annex' could be developed in that neighborhood to help the northend homeless.

Posted by R Wehner on 07/17/2019 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Short-term rental owners in El Paso County may face huge (and expensive) changes

Perhaps the latest entry into the AirB&B market could be brought to town during the discussions on these issues.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/rent-oscar…

Posted by R Wehner on 07/17/2019 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jesca Hoop, Chuck Mead with the new and noteworthy

I haven't heard the Rainford or Mead albums but Hoop I have. And while the cover still very creepy to me the music was great!

Posted by tAngel on 07/17/2019 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Armadillo Ranch replaces Ancient Mariner in Manitou Springs

OH


https://github.com/luatthienma

Posted by luatthienma on 07/17/2019 at 1:11 AM

Re: “Armadillo Ranch replaces Ancient Mariner in Manitou Springs

And they are sourcing all of the breads from us here at the sourdough Boulangerie. I'm so happy to have them as our latest customer. Lyn Harwell has been a great fan of ours snice day one at seeds community cafe and I just love what he does.

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Posted by Shawn Saunders on 07/16/2019 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Locals protest inhumane immigration detention centers, raids

Not one of them has directly visited the centers. Moreover, the people of Mexico are not being held against their will. They are free to turn around and go home.

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Posted by Terry on 07/16/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Why other cities offer much lower prices for pools and rec

I really like how people like to insult our intelligence! As if your organization's annual report isn't available online. Theresa McDonough horribly tries to make the connection of higher price to access the PUBLIC POOLS are due to continued "training for the lifeguards". But what she failed to mentioned was that the YMCA of the pikes peak region total revenue for 2017 was $28,064,000, with total expenses coming in at $26,432,000. I'm not a mathematician but that's a net profit of $1,632,000... not bad for a "nonprofit organization". Also they paid more in national dues at $369,000 then they did "staff development" $315,000.

Please let's just call it what it is! These people at the Y are catering to a certain demographic while benefiting from subsidies that are provide by the taxpayers of Colorado Spring!

$450 for a summer pool pass? Freaking ridiculous! It's cheaper getting a season pass to elitches ($69.99), and with that pass, you get access to both the waterpark and amusement park. We gotta demand better people, and hold these people's feet to the fire and call them what they are "blood suckers of the community"

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Posted by Ryan brown on 07/16/2019 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Why other cities offer much lower prices for pools and rec

Can we please call it exactly what it is... Discrimination! Not discrimination based on race (they'd be setting themselves up for a lawsuit), but discrimination based on social economic class! $35 to for a family to use a public pool is ridiculous to say the less. How it is in a place that calls itself "THE NUMBER ONE PLACE IN AMERICA TO LIVE" allow for their tax payers money go towards something the general citizen can't afford to use?

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Posted by Ryan brown on 07/15/2019 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Why horses can poop on the trails but your dog can't, and a proposed nature center for the north end

As a trail runner, a horse's poop is annoying but what's more annoying, is a dog poop on the road. The smell is bad and it sticks badly to your shoe until you're done on the trails. But I found out that a dog poop can also mean something about a dog's health. That's what I read in a blog site that I regularly visit for updates regarding my dog's health. Here's the link to get you started: https://ultimatepetnutrition.com/blog/

Posted by Ron77 on 07/15/2019 at 9:43 PM

Re: “City plans pedestrian-friendly rainbow crosswalk for Pride

Whereas "Silky Johnson" is so medieval.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 07/15/2019 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Airbnbs are commercial properties, assessor says. The fallout could be huge.

I am curious what legal ramifications this might have for the potential to develop the property once deemed a commercial property. It may end up biting this city in the ass long term.

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Posted by Donatello Fodness on 07/15/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “City plans pedestrian-friendly rainbow crosswalk for Pride

Gay promotion is soooooo 1990's!

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 07/15/2019 at 9:29 AM

Re: “City plans pedestrian-friendly rainbow crosswalk for Pride

Perhaps in Boulder, not here. Too gay for our Conservative city!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Holmes on 07/14/2019 at 8:33 PM

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