Re: Rebuttal to Pomerance re: impacts to susgtainable development
Steve Pomerance criticizes the City of Boulder for not adhering to Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan policies for sustainable development “unless they support a particular agenda.” One result of that, he says, is debilitating emergency response times. (Unsustainable development and its effects,” Daily Camera, Feb. 14.)
It was not all that long ago that Mr. Pomerance, while on city council, voted over serious concerns of fire chief Larry Donner to allow mitigation devices such as circles and humps on critical emergency response routes. At the April 8, 1997 NTMP Study Session (text from tapes of session) Mr. Pomerance said it was not that he didn’t care about emergency response but that he cared about livability (by his definition) in the neighborhoods more.
At that time, the Boulder Fire Department’s average response time was already over a minute beyond the 4 minute nationally recommended response time for medical emergencies — and sliding towards 6 minutes.
In the article to which Mr. Pomerance refers, Chief Donner mentions traffic circles as one source of increasing delay. The city continues to utilize congestion increasing methods, such as mid-block crossings, raised humps at intersections, and truncated through streets. It seems Mr. Pomerance is ignoring that fact and choosing instead to use emergency response to further his agenda of higher impact fees on development.