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Boulder County is in the process of reviewing it’s credit transfer scheme that allows bigger homes to be built if you trade the right to do so with someone else on a smaller lot. My question is why does this start at 6,000 square feet of floor space?

The system is set up so that homebuilders must buy development credits for every additional 500 square feet of new construction built beyond the 6,000-square-foot threshold. The first 500 square feet can be offset with just one development credit, but as the house gets bigger, it takes more credits to continue adding 500-square-foot increments. For example, turning an 8,000-square-foot house into an 8,500-square-foot house would cost the builder three development credits.

Since the middle of March — when the only development credits for sale were 60 offered by the county at $10,000 a credit — four landowners have put credits up for sale

Source: Boulder County Commissioners to tweak house-size rules : County News : Boulder Daily Camera

Who needs a 6,000 square foot house? I understand the concept, and the end goal they are striving toward, but encouraging anything to be built remotely near 6,000 sq ft is rediculous!

At what point does it become a McMansion? Here’s one thought…

McMansions are often considered a status symbol because their size (often in excess of 3,000 square feet) may exceed the amount of space that shrinking modern families actually need or can afford to maintain.

Source: McMansion: Definition from

How would you feel if 6,000 square feet of Hardy Plank siding went up right next door?

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.