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CU-Boulder South Annexation (Case LUR2019-00010)

Looking for information about South Boulder Creek flood mitigation project? Visit the project page.

Where we are and what's next

June 16, 2020, City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the 100-year South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation project. Staff will begin preliminary planning for the project and was also directed to investigate upstream mitigation efforts. View the Presentation pdf

Be Heard Boulder! The questionnaire for the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation/CU Annexation has closed but the Guest Book and questions/answers remain available for review. Click BeHeard to go directly to the questionnaire. 

 
The University of Colorado Boulder submitted an annexation application for their South Campus (“CU South”) in February 2019, and city staff issued a response in March. Council members Friend and Weaver are now guiding the development and implementation of a community engagement strategy through their work on the CU South Process Subcommittee.  

There are meetings being planned that relate to the CU-South annexation, watch for details:
  • August 28, 2020: CU South Process Subcommittee 

Public Comments

Read the public comments about the project Public Comments pdf April 29, 2020

Past Meetings

  • June 16, 2020: City Council, public hearing and consideration of a recommendation regarding the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Project. View the meeting agenda here pdf
  • June 5, 2020:  A CU South / South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation - Process Subcommittee meeting was held online from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Here is the Meeting Agenda pdf
  • June 3, 2020: Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) was held at 6 p.m. For more information about the meeting, view the Meeting Packet
  • May 20, 2020:  Community Information Session was an online meeting. City staff presented key findings from the recent flood design analysis, discussed BeHeard themes and provided an update on the annexation process. Meeting Agenda pdf. View the Presentation pdf or watch the Video
  • May 7, 2020: Planning Board meeting was held online from 6-7 p.m. Meeting Agenda pdf
  • May 1, 2020: A CU South / South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Process Subcommittee meeting was held online from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Meeting Agenda pdf. See Process Subcommittee accordian below for meeting notes.
  • April 20, 2020:  Water Resources Advisory Council (WRAB) Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on group meetings, the WRAB meeting was held online from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Monday, April 20. 
  • April 3, 2020: A CU South/South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Process Subcommittee meeting was held online from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The meeting is being held online in light of the COVID 19 restrictions regarding group meetings. Agenda and Engagement Plan pdf 
  • Mar. 27, 2020: A CU South / South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Process Subcommittee meeting was held online from 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27th. Agenda pdfSee Process Subcommittee accordian below for meeting notes.
  • MEETING CANCELLED - Mar. 20, 2020: CU South Process Subcommittee meeting, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in W-100 of the Municipal Building,1777 Broadway
  • Feb. 27, 2020: CU-South Process Subcommittee meeting,  3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 1777 Broadway, Municipal Building, W-100 Conference Room
  • Feb. 25, 2020: Presentation on South Boulder Creek Conceptual Alternatives Analysis, City Council Study Session, 6 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building 1777 Broadway. Packet pdf and Planning Reserve pdf
  • Feb. 21, 2020: CU-South Process Subcommittee meeting, 11:30 a.m., W-100 in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway, Packet pdf 
  • Feb. 4, 2020: Presentation on South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Design and Tradeoffs, City Council Meeting, 6 p.m. in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building 1777 Broadway

Recent Updates

  • Jan. 17, 2020: CU Boulder sends letter revising the annexation application (see below under Annexation Application)   
  • Jan. 102020: CU-South Process Subcommittee meeting Meeting Agenda pdf
  • Nov. 1, 2019: The CU South  Process Subcommittee held its regular monthly meeting
  • Sept. 11, 2019: The Open Space Board of Trustees discussed the CU South project and provided feedback to staff.
  • Aug. 14, 2019: The Open Space Board of Trustees held a study session to discuss the project and the approach for its Sept. 11 meeting.
  • Aug. 13, 2019: Staff presented updated timelines pdf for the annexation negotiations and flood mitigation planning. CU Boulder representatives also addressed City Council. pdf
  • Aug. 2, 2019: The CU South Process Subcommittee held its regular monthly meeting.  
  • July 16, 2019: City Council directed staff to continue work on the floodwall concept along the US36 CDOT right-of-way and engage the city’s Open Space Board of Trustees around options for mitigating the subsequent impacts to city open space. Council also directed staff to explore changes in the flood mitigation design storm and land use designations to satisfy the university’s interest in 129 acres of land designated Public.

About CU South

With the approval of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update in 2017, the City of Boulder and Boulder County approved new land use designations pdf and  guiding principles pdf for the CU South property. The guiding principles are now incorporated into Chapter 5 of the comprehensive plan and will be used to guide future decisions around annexation of CU South. The city is working to determine the conditions of annexation for “CU South” under which the University of Colorado’s South Campus would fulfill both the desires of the University system and meet the goals of the City of Boulder. The annexation agreement will be guided by the BVCP CU South Guiding Principles, and a modified annexation process that will provide opportunities to influence the annexation terms through city boards and commissions and the city council meetings.

If annexed, the CU South would come under the city's jurisdiction like the other campuses. Utility services also could be extended to the site. Annexation would  not  mean the city would own the site. Visit the CU Boulder project web page  for frequently asked questions and more.  

 

  • 1996:  Flatiron Companies sells the CU South property to CU Boulder (previously used for sand/gravel mining).
  • 2000 – 2015:  In response to requests by the university, the city opts to not consider changing the comprehensive plan land use designations for CU South until the “South Boulder Creek Floodplain Study is completed and there are further discussions with the university on the proposed development for the site.”
  • 2015:  City Council approves the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan includes regional detention of flood water upstream of U.S. 36 on the CU South campus and along Colorado Department of Transportation right of way. With the flood mitigation plan adopted, the city reinitiates land use designation changes as part of the 2015 BVCP Major Update.
  • 2017:  The City of Boulder and Boulder County jointly adopts an update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, including the CU South Guiding Principles.  
  • 2019:  CU Boulder submits an annexation application.

Contact Us about CU South or the Flood Mitigation Project

For more information about the CU South Annexation, Joanna Bloom at [email protected] or 303-817-1742.

To learn more about the South Boulder Creek Major Drainageway and Flood Mitigation Plan, visit the flood mitigation project page or contact Douglas Sullivan, Principal Engineer, at 303-441-3244 or [email protected]

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