Will Boulder Protect the South Boulder Creek Riparian Zone (CU South)?
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The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) is poised to allow high-density development in the South Boulder Creek Riparian Zone (CU - South). Since 1977, Boulder has committed to protect open space and environmental values We would like to remove this property from consideration in this review of the BVCP for improved planning. No land use designation should be granted to CU before flood mitigation.
Most of the 220 acres designated open space is at risk if the University of Colorado (CU) gets its way – unless the City and County stand up for our values, our land, and our streams. Decisions made this summer in the BVCP Update will determine whether we realize the Open Space restoration and acquisition vision we committed to in the 1998 South Boulder Creek Area Management Plan. The alternative is to shrug our shoulders and roll over for high-density development on lands that ecologists consider one of the "most endangered and fragile natural areas in Colorado."
Does Boulder have the will to stand up to CU by protecting the environment, expanding the only open space property in Boulder designated as a State Conservation Area, and insist a flood management strategy to maximize protection of lives and property when future floods rage down South Boulder Creek? Or are we willing to allow CU to dictate land uses and build at least 1,125 housing units, 700 parking spaces, and another 1.25 million (!) square feet of structures on lands currently designated as open space and needed to protect downstream property and residents from future floods?
Under CU’s “Concept Plan,” Boulder would sacrifice the environment, disown our core values, and expose downstream residents to severe danger. We need to prioritize environmental preservation and planning for extreme floods in a climate change era when future weather events are more unpredictable than ever before. The last place to build new dorms and buildings is in grasslands and wetlands habitat recognized as the most “ecologically significant in the Boulder Valley.
After annexation, the City loses control over future development. The only way to protect our environment, wildlife, and recreational uses is to prevent CU from obtaining BVCP land use changes that are the proverbial “camel’s nose under the tent.”
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