Having read Past Regent Peter Dietze’s well written cogent response to Steve Pomerance’s comments, it appears that we might be in for another long internecine war between the City of Boulder and the University of Colorado over land use regulations; this time concerning the height of a building in Grandview Terrace.
We were forced in the past to live through the Academy controversy, the stadium sky box/expansion; the Flatirons land purchase- aka South Campus, for months and years.
It’s the right time to let the issue play out in the courts. The legal issue to be resolved is “to what extent if any is the University of Colorado because of its “sovereign immunity” subject to the city and or county land use, zoning or building regulations?”
To get this struggle into the courts properly so that the larger land use issues can get resolved, the City and or University may possibly need to take legal action, either by the City asking for an injunction or the University asking for a declaratory judgment.
Once all the land use issues are dealt with, either in the courtroom or settled out of court through an up to date memo of understanding, then we can get on with the important issue, that of building a real cooperative community relationship between these important legal entities. If not resolved now, we will live this issue over and over and over again with both sides losing!
Jim Martin, Boulder