In September 2021, Boulder City Council annexed CU Boulder South, a 308-acre property the university has owned since 1996. The annexation agreement reflects years of public input from Boulder residents and codifies numerous values shared by the university and the community.
Following the university’s purchase of the property, engineering studies revealed that, due to the property’s location along South Boulder Creek, it is the most feasible site for flood protection measures that will safeguard 2,300 downstream residents and 1,100 homes. As extreme weather events become more frequent due to the effects of climate change, building this flood protection is critical to protecting people and property from the type of harm and destruction the area experienced during the devastating flood of 2013.
The CU Boulder South Annexation Agreement was meticulously designed to do just that, providing urgently needed protection for neighboring communities in the path of the next flood.