Before making any land-use changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, the city should take a serious look at using the depleted gravel pits as a less-expensive, safer, and more environmentally sound solution to the flooding problems in south Boulder... Read more
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... Read more
The lesson is simple: Don’t build in a flood hazard area. Nature is less than impressed by the predictions of hydrologists and the assurances of civil engineers — and can be infinitely creative in finding unexpected ways to destroy your property and drown your kids... Read more
If ever a project needed an emergency signal from the decision-makers on this issue it is now.Having lived through one flood disaster (2013 — already three years ago!) which scared the wits out of me, I prefer not to do so again... Read more
Decisions about annexation must be decoupled from decisions about flood mitigation. Once the property is annexed, the city will have little say in the future of the property. And once this open space is gone, it is gone forever... Read more
Any potential development of the 308-acre CU Boulder South parcel is still years away, but to the delight of the university and the dismay of those concerned about flood risk on the property, it's inching closer to fruition... Read more
6/15/17: Letter to the Editor: Helen Burnside: CU Causing Our Community to Bust at the Seams
Back almost 30 years ago, when I was on the City Council, we engaged in a very detailed study of the major drainages that flow through Boulder, and the likely damage that could result from floods. Click here to read more.
The history mirrors almost perfectly the development decisions currently happening in Boulder. Accepted engineering flow models over-predicted the flow capacity of Coyote Creek and therefore underestimated the flooding areas. These model predictions were used to justify new development; much like CU and Hogan-Pancost developers are doing now. Read more here.