Jennifer Havlick Platt: Time to cap enrollment at CU

There are viable options to consider other than the controversial development of CU South. Why not cap the enrollment of CU, so that additional housing, classrooms, and playing fields are not necessary?Since the doors to the University of Colorado opened in 1876 with 44 students, the University of Colorado has expanded and become a four-campus system including Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and the University of Colorado Medical Campus. With a combined enrollment of over 62,000 students from these four campuses. CU Boulder supports over 31,861 students. In 2015, 6,208 freshman students were enrolled and more students are being admitted every year. It is time to cap the enrollment and consider what is best for the community of Boulder.

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John Gerstle and Pat Shanks: Don’t compromise the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan

The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) is an agreement that guides land use in the Boulder County area that surrounds the city of Boulder (about 12,000 residents and 44,000 acres of land) and within the city (about 104,000 residents and 16,000 acres). Recent comments from several Boulder City Council members indicate some frustration with implementation of the BVCP using a process called “four-body review.” Under these time-honored and effective procedures, some BVCP changes of policy and land-use designation must be approved by majority votes of the four bodies with expertise in land-use decisions: City Council, Planning Board, county commissioners, and county Planning Commission.As former members and chairs of the county Planning Commission (both of us) and the city Planning Board (one of us), we believe we have a thorough understanding of BVCP processes. The four-body approval process ensures both responsiveness to the electoral process (all those formally involved in the approval process are either elected or appointed by elected officials) and long-term stability necessary for BVCP implementation, providing residents and local government a clear indication of how their neighborhoods and lands are to be managed in the coming years. Because of the BVCP’s important role in coordinating city and county actions and decisions, representing the interests of both city and county residents, and its generally acknowledged success over the past four decades, changes to the process by which the BVCP is adopted should be considered only with great care.

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CU-South | PLAN Boulder County

Respected environmentalist Tim Hogan’s letter to the newspaper, outlining the issues.   For many longtime residents of Boulder, the current proposal from the university requesting annexation, engineered flood mitigation, and additions to their housing and academic building portfolio stirs up a host of reservations.  The more one delves into the details, the greater those reservations become.

Source: CU-South | PBC

Important Meeting Tonight: BVCP Update

Important Public Hearing Tonight (May 23 2017):

Where: City Council Chambers of the municipal Building at 1777 Broadway,

When: 5/23/17 starting at 6:00 p.m. (you can sign up to speak between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.) Continue reading “Important Meeting Tonight: BVCP Update”

Spense Havlick: Health of Boulder at risk – Boulder Daily Camera

A city is a type of living organism with its physical and mental health sustained when its growth is in balance with its environment, and when its citizens are pleased with its present and future conditions. If you walk or bike around Boulder the recent and planned developments are signs of “urban obesity.” They are not in scale. Nor do they have the attractiveness of the Pearl Street Mall or the appeal of Mapleton Hill or Martin Acres.

Source: Spense Havlick: Health of Boulder at risk – Boulder Daily Camera

Candice Bartholomew Brown: Not too late to change paths at CU South

…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.

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Ben Binder: Neighborhoods held hostage by CU South

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.

Source: Ben Binder: Neighborhoods held hostage by CU South – Boulder Daily Camera