During the 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) update process the university gathered feedback about CU Boulder South through meetings with public officials and residents, as well as through a communitywide online survey. CU Boulder incorporated many of the themes from those conversations within the university’s goals and believes they are compatible with values shared by the university and the city. They include:
- At no cost to the city, the dedication and use of up to 80 acres of CU Boulder’s property to provide land in the most optimal location for the city’s critical flood-mitigation project
- CU Boulder has agreed to maintain general consistency with the city’s height limits on CU Boulder South
- Buildings on the site will be designed and sited to protect and complement the views of the mountain, backdrop, and viewsheds from the U.S. 36 bike path, the South Boulder Creek Trail, U.S. 36 and Colorado Highway 93
- Development of faculty, staff, graduate and non-freshman housing.
- CU Boulder has agreed not to build large-scale sports venues such as a football stadium or large research complexes like those on its East Campus.
- CU Boulder will create connections to open space trails and provide continued free use by the community of new and improved walking trails
- CU Boulder has agreed that recreational fields it builds on the site would be available to the community for use
- Extensive use of alternative transportation and multimodal mobility
- Sustainability and resiliency
The 2017 approval of the 2015 BVCP with changed land-use designations for CU Boulder South now allows annexation discussions between the university and the city to occur. Even after an annexation agreement is in place, the sites designated for development at CU Boulder South will take many years to complete. The university will remain focused in the near term on developing the Main and East campuses, but a finalized annexation agreement would help inform CU Boulder’s own visioning process as the university embarks on updating its campus master plan.
Additional information about CU Boulder South and the 2015 BVCP update may be found on the city’s website.