The draft plan outlines our assumptions and provides a related concept map to share our best estimates of how we would use CU Boulder South to meet CU Boulder’s future needs while simultaneously working to accommodate the community’s desires.
CU Boulder has been proud to be integral to the fabric of the Boulder community since its founding; in fact, the university’s founding was made possible through the commitment and efforts of Boulder citizens and leaders. Among university towns across the country, the City of Boulder and CU Boulder are recognized as unique in our joint efforts to foster positive relations and for our many collaborations on matters of importance to the community. Continuing this relationship of reciprocal benefit is certainly part of our vision for CU Boulder South.
For CU Boulder to fulfill its mission to serve the state and educate current and new generations of students, it must maintain careful stewardship of this and all its properties. There are real and tangible future needs that CU Boulder South can meet for the university.
CU Boulder South is an important future land resource that will help the university meet its long-term needs and its academic mission. The sites designated for development at CU Boulder South will take many years to complete. However, knowing that the land is available for certain uses would allow better planning for further development of our Main Campus, East Campus, and Williams Village. With the ability to relocate certain land uses - such as recreation and athletic fields - to CU Boulder South we can develop more academic buildings and student housing in our core campus areas first, taking advantage of existing transportation and infrastructure.
CU Boulder South can also meet some needs identified by the community. The City of Boulder and our neighbors have immediate needs for flood mitigation, and the city has proposed using part of the CU Boulder South property to address them. To most easily accommodate the city’s proposal, the property should be annexed so the city can implement its flood mitigation plan and manage its construction under its jurisdiction.
We also know that availability and affordability of housing is a top priority for both the community at large and the CU Boulder community. Many of our faculty, staff and graduate students cannot afford to live in Boulder, and miss out on the opportunity to be more deeply connected with both the university community and the community at large. We hope to work closely with the city to explore options for housing development that may be mutually beneficial.
We know the community greatly values access to trails, open space and recreational opportunities that has been available under CU Boulder’s 20-year history of allowing unrestricted access to the property. We believe we can balance those interests with the university’s needs and responsibilities, and believe this balance is reflected in these initial concepts.
Consistent with other CU Boulder property designations, the concept plan assumes a PUBLIC (P) land use designation. The university continues to commit to maintain a significant portion of the property for flood mitigation and open space.
Flood Storage (81 acres):
Habitat Preservation and Natural Areas (66 acres):
Residential Workforce Housing, Graduate and Non-Freshman Student Housing (68.4 acres):
Academic Village and Mixed-Use Area (40 acres):
Public Access and Trails:
Athletics and Recreation:
The image shows a map version of the CU Boulder South Draft Concept Plan, published May 1, 2017. The CU Boulder South property is 308 acres of land that stretches south from the junction of U.S. 36 and Table Mesa Drive.