Dana Bove: CU South and non-compliance with Boulder’s wetland ordinance – Boulder Daily Camera

As a longtime resident of Boulder, like many others in this community, I am concerned about the slated changes at the University of Colorado South Campus.

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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.”

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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.

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Flood mitigation persists as CU Boulder South’s dividing issue – Boulder Daily Camera

Battle lines over plans for the future annexation of CU Boulder South continue to be drawn along flood mitigation concerns for the property, as evidenced by a mix of residents who attended the latest in a series of community open houses for the project on Monday night.

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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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