Most of us remember the flood of September 2013, which drenched Boulder in a week with what normally falls in a year… Less than four years later, the City Council is again considering annexing and developing the Hogan-Pancost property, which has been contentiously discussed for more than 25 years… Unless the city Planning Board and City Council have forgotten the 2013 flood, the only reasonable course of action is to preserve this property as open space and to decline the renewed application for development.
Density. Density. Density. We’re told this is the byword of the new environmentalism. It really means: Crowding. More crowding. Overcrowding. Trouble is, the environment that density proponents claim to speak for can’t hack it.
Views of the Flatirons, the foothills and Indian Peaks belong to all of us. Views of hulking cereal box buildings belong to Ambien pushers who want us fast asleep so we won’t notice that their only green initiative is to increase the density of green wads in their pockets.
…The annexation of land currently owned and managed by CU Boulder continues to move forward unaccompanied by any reasonably researched plan that would prevent irreversible destruction of ecologically important habitat… Allowance of an urban sprawl is certainly not any sort of land ethic to follow nor compliant with the original 1970s reclamation plan. What could soon be gone will be gone forever. It’s not too late to change paths for our children’s sake.
I live in eastern Boulder near the Hogan-Pancost property. For 25 years I protested its development, initially because of lifestyle issues. When strolling through the neighborhood and the vacant HP parcel with the ditch running through, wildflowers growing and horses grazing, I feel like I am in the country.
Obviously, lifestyle is no longer a concern of the city.
What drew a lot of us to Boulder is now considered nonessential compared to the apparent need for growth and development. I realize that my former desire to keep HP vacant holds no water anymore with the city and county.
For 20 years, it has been known that hundreds of homes in south Boulder are in danger of flooding from South Boulder Creek, and the city has spent millions developing a $40 million plan to mitigate the problem. A major component of the plan is a detention pond west of U.S. 36 designed to store a flood’s peak flows and release them slowly over time…. CU’s strategy is to hold residents of Frasier Meadows and surrounding neighborhoods hostage and prevent any flood mitigation until it gets what it wants.
City Council is now executing a land grab by proposing the elimination of the four-party review-and-approval requirement for Area II land use.This is not a small change when City Council may allow itself to change Area III territory to Area II. Compromises proposed lead to the same loss of power for two of the four current partners, giving all voting rights to City Council and the city Planning Board. The county is pushed aside. Do we smile and say welcome to the wild, wild west, citified?
I applaud City Council for supporting lower density at 3303 Broadway and in following the lead of Planning Board that voted unanimously against the developer’s proposal to bring high density and commercial components to this 1.3-acre site. High density is not appropriate for every piece of land and certainly not adjacent to Foothill Elementary School, where children on foot and on bicycles are a component of one of the busiest intersections in Boulder.