Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

In advancing a framework for the future of the CU South parcel, the Boulder City Council stressed a desire to study flood risk and mitigation on the site before solidifying annexation and development plans there.

On Tuesday night, after a long-awaited deliberation on the controversial property — 308 acres of University of Colorado-owned land in the southeast Boulder floodplain — the council voted 8-1 to approve a new land-use designation for CU South that allows for potential new development.

Over decades to come, the university hopes to build 1,125 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields and academic buildings on that acreage, and, for CU, the council’s vote represents the clearing of a significant hurdle to fulfillment of those ambitions.

Source: Boulder City Council approves new land-use designation for CU South – Boulder Daily Camera

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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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.

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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”

CU Boulder South Draft Concept Plan Assumptions | University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder has created a new website to present their “Draft Concept Plan” for CU South:

CU Boulder South Draft Concept Plan Assumptions | University of Colorado Boulder

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Academic buildings, 1,125 housing units planned for CU Boulder South build-out – Daily Camera

University invites public to comment on plans for contested property

The University of Colorado revealed its long-term aspirations Monday for its contested CU Boulder South property, including 1,125 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields, natural land and academic buildings that campus officials said could take decades to fully develop.
All structures and buildings planned on the 308 acres south of Table Mesa Drive and west of U.S. 36. would be located outside the 100-year floodplain, CU officials said.
Upon annexation of the property by the city, CU intends to devote 81 acres to a flood mitigation plan to protect the flood-prone neighborhoods surrounding the land, which the university bought about 20 years ago.

The University of Colorado revealed its long-term aspirations Monday for its contested CU Boulder South property, including 1,125 housing units for students and employees, athletic fields, natural land and academic buildings that campus officials said could take decades to fully develop.
All structures and buildings planned on the 308 acres south of Table Mesa Drive and west of U.S. 36. would be located outside the 100-year floodplain, CU officials said.
Upon annexation of the property by the city, CU intends to devote 81 acres to a flood mitigation plan to protect the flood-prone neighborhoods surrounding the land, which the university bought about 20 years ago.

The university launched a new website Monday with a preliminary map, answers to frequently asked questions and a survey that will remain open through 11:59 p.m. May 10. Comments also can be submitted by email to CUB.South@Colorado.edu through the same time frame.
“Nobody is seeing anything the public can’t see,” Draper said. “There’s a distrust surrounding this project. We want to do this in an open way.”

Full Story: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_30958877/cu-boulder-south

Amy Siemel: Not so fast on CU South annexation

In his Feb. 20 column in the Daily Camera, “Full annexation makes sense at CU South,” Jim Martin, former University of Colorado regent, argues that annexation of the CU South property would be beneficial for all stakeholders, including the city, the county, local residents and the university.I respectfully disagree.

Mr. Martin writes that the city would benefit from full annexation because it could then work with CU to provide badly needed flood mitigation for downstream residents. Implicit in this idea is that the university bears no responsibility for flood mitigation on its own property and that the moral and financial burden for such should fall entirely upon the city and its taxpayers. What’s more, CU appears to be using the city and county’s rightful desire to protect their citizens from catastrophic flooding as leverage in its quest to eventually develop the land. This prioritizing of CU’s interests over the well-being of nearby residents is not new.

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