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BOULDER, Colo. — A new survey by the city of Boulder aims to find out where locals live, and why.

In an effort to slow the outflow of middle-class residents — especially families with children — the city is looking for ways to create more affordable housing for those who work or attend school in Boulder, but live elsewhere.

The questionnaire from the Housing and Human Services Department is the first step in the process, Boulder Housing Division Manager Jeff Yegian told the Daily Camera. The survey will be open through Feb. 18.

Boulder already provides plenty of housing for the wealthy and does a decent job of providing low-income housing through a variety of social programs, the Daily Camera reported.

“We’re trying to evaluate what people are seeking in their housing and compare that to what the market is providing,” Yegian said. “And the connections or disconnects between those will help us identify policy options that will bring those into better alignment.”

Some of the ideas that have been floated to create more middle-income housing are lifting the occupancy limits to allow more unrelated people to live together, changing the rules for accessory dwellings to allow for more carriage houses and in-law apartments, and promoting more cooperative housing, the paper reported.

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