Katie Wahr: CU South: Flood mitigation must be decoupled from annexation – Boulder Daily Camera

In a straw vote on Jan. 24, the City Council and Planning Board voted in favor of granting CU full annexation of their property in exchange for the erection of a high-hazard dam on the northeast side of the property (“Despite flood concerns, Boulder moving toward a CU South annexation,” Daily Camera, Jan. 27). Flood mitigation of this land is critical and necessary in order to prevent the flooding of the homes of downstream residents in a repeat event of the floods of September 2013. However, annexation of the entire property need not be tied to enactment of flood mitigation, and if we grant annexation of the entire property all at once, we lose our power as a community to have much say in what the future of that land holds. CU has released only vague information about what it is that they would like to build on the property, and in agreeing to full annexation at this point in time, we as a city are cutting short the site review that is typical in annexation agreements and losing our only opportunity to enforce land-use decisions.

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