Melanie Whitehead: Twin Lakes and a sense of place

I’m not going to talk about another recent water-main break on Twin Lakes Road, Gunbarrel’s crumbling infrastructure, how inappropriate annexation is, traffic issues, flood issues, or the many disturbing ways the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan has been utterly comprised.

I have grown weary of people saying that the Twin Lakers are NIMBYs. In fact, Twin Lakes residents have a love and a rapport with this environment, these fields, that everyone should be striving to have. To take away these fields is to take away our hearts and the heart of Gunbarrel. As one prolific Twin Laker said, “This is our Chautauqua.”

Full Article: Melanie Whitehead: Twin Lakes and a sense of place – Boulder Daily Camera

Jessica G. Hartung: Squeezing citizens’ voices out of the comp plan

Instead of calling the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan “Our Plan” for our community, we should be calling it the “Developers’ Plan for Our Community” or the “Politicians’ Plan for Our Community.  The process to update the BVCP has created structural disenfranchisement of the very people it is supposed to serve. Repeatedly, as the plans are distilled, we are invited to “give input on” scenarios and options that aren’t what residents suggest, or want. Citizen preferences are collected, but are not included in the decisions; they are simply disregarded since they don’t fit with the current fast-growth agenda.

Full Story: Jessica G. Hartung: Squeezing citizens’ voices out of the comp plan – Boulder Daily Camera

Early CU Boulder South annexation plans yield concerns from residents 

An open house to address early plans from the city and the University of Colorado toward annexation of the 300-acre land parcel known as CU Boulder South may signal harsh public resistance moving forward, as more than 150 residents crammed into St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Monday night to voice concerns with the project’s vision so far.

Full Story: Early CU Boulder South annexation plans yield concerns from residents – Boulder Daily Camera

Urgent: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan at Planning Board

Take Action Now!

This Thursday, 9/15, the Boulder Planning Board will be reviewing the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan policies.  Several members of the Planning Board intend to bring up a “slow the growth” policy, but they need public support!  Specifically, they need folks to speak up in support of “Policy Option D” (read about it here). Continue reading “Urgent: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan at Planning Board”

Alan Delamere: Can the intent of the comp plan be enforced? 

I attended the open house for the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update process on Aug. 29. For years I was naively content that the BVCP was protecting our long-term interests. Recently, I had a meeting with a council member … he explained that the BVCP has no legal status.

Source: Alan Delamere: Can the intent of the comp plan be enforced? – Boulder Daily Camera

Urgent: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Open House

Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Open House and Advisory Board Workshop


One of most important meetings of the year will be this coming Monday:

Monday, August 29th
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street (map)

This is a significant opportunity to weigh in on three different proposed growth scenarios within the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.  Incredibly, the City announced this with just a few days’ notice.

We really need to pack the room with as many BNA participants as possible.

One of the scenarios they will present is to add another 19,000 new jobs to Boulder and 6,750 new housings units.  Incredibly, this scenario will do nothing to ease any of Boulder’s current problems and in fact, will add to them.  It means losing ground on the housing front and having an 12,250 net additional in-commuters, which will only add pressure on housing, and our neighborhoods’ roles in “solving the housing crisis.”

The City’s senior planner who presented this scenario said she “hadn’t heard that there was concern in the community about adding more jobs.”  (Reality check: we have made this point, repeatedly.)

So please, everyone, let’s show up on Monday.  As many of us as possible need to say to City staff at the event, write on feedback forms at the event, etc, that Boulder does not need more jobs.  We already have tens of thousands more jobs than workforce age adults to work them.   A Comprehensive Plan strategy to add more jobs at this point will only markedly increase every measurable strain on our community.  But it very well may happen, unless we say something.

Click here for the full agenda.   Note, the first hour of the event (5:30-6:30) is the public open house.  The rest of the evening (6:30-8:30) is the Joint Advisory Board Meeting, which is open to the public, but there will be no public input during that session.

See also the city’s official website for this event.  You can also email your feedback to the Comp Plan team at bvcpchanges@bouldercolorado.gov

See you on Monday!