Open Space and Views

Susan has so much gratitude for the forward-thinking people who made a commitment to surround us with Open Space, giving Mother Nature a place to do her thing without interruption.

She subscribes to the “precautionary principle”, particularly as it applies to our beautiful Open Space, which states that “the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted”.  As a community, we established Open Space and have invested in it for over a half a century precisely because although we don’t quite understand all of the beautiful inter-relationships of our natural world, we intuitively know that setting aside substantial lands to be left alone to operate as nature intended is a good thing for all.

The vast majority of OSMP survey respondents hold preservation as the single most important priority for this wonderful community asset, followed by trail maintenance.  As such, Susan supports the continuation of an open space tax in perpetuity to fund these priorities.

Susan thinks the same way about our mountain views and the good energy they inspire.  Our sightline to the foothills is one of the key assets that makes Boulder Boulder.  Careful consideration of the impact of building and blocking mountain views, which are of benefit to everyone who enjoys our town, should be one of the factors at the top of the list for all development.

Susan supports thoughtful community effort to ensure that we protect our community assets.

Is this really Boulder's best solution?

Open Space and Mountain Views' Relationship to:

 

Managed Growth, Less Traffic: The demands on Open Space, both from within Boulder and from regional visitors increase with growth.  While I think it’s important to give people the opportunity to enjoy our Open Space, we must limit access to certain areas at certain times to allow Mother Nature the space to “do her thing”.

 

Housing Diversity: Diversity of housing offers more opportunity for us to protect one of our most valuable assets, our mountain views.  If we simply optimize for small, environmentally efficient living units built several stories up, we may negatively impact the daily access to the beautiful vistas that regenerate us all, vistas that should not be the property of a few people at the top.

 

Open Space: How fortunate we are to have such a large amount of Open Space, space that rejuvenates our ecosystem in ways we’ve only begun to understand even as we intuitively know that it’s just plain good for us to leave substantial lands undisturbed.  Now, the opportunity exists to do even more by facilitating carbon sequestration with better land management practices.

 

Healthy Business:  We may not be able to quantify it, but Susan believes that our access to Open Space is one of the things that fosters a healthy and creative workforce for Boulder.

Social Justice: The fact that Open Space and our Mountain Views are available to all who visit or live in Boulder is a great demonstration of preserving a community asset and making it available to all, regardless of race, economic strata or beliefs.

 

Arts and Culture:  Since the days of Chautauqua’s formation and before, artists of all kinds have been inspired by our mountain splendor.  Preservation of Open Space ensures that this inspiration with continue to be available for generations to come.

Good Governance: The new OSMP Master Plan is a great example of a thoughtful community effort to ensure that we protect our community assets.  Susan would advocate for holding fast to height limitations, and even setting them lower to preserve mountain views along corridors and intersections that define our fair City.