Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder

PLAN-Boulder County BoardDevelopment

On November 10, 2014 Ruth Wright spoke at a PLAN-Boulder County Forum on Why the Sky is Not the Limit in Boulder. Watch the video here.

Ruth spoke at this PLAN-Boulder Forum as she was finishing a paper called Limiting Building Height: The Story of a Citizens Initiative to Preserve Mountain Vistas and a City’s Future.  Her paper has been published in the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy & Environmental Law Review, Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 2016. Download her peer-reviewed paper and its many gripping historical attachments. It provides a glimpse into the strong commitment of Boulder’s citizens and a well-researched legal basis for the height limitation that is not included in the video.

In addition to being one of PLAN-Boulder County’s earliest members and chairpersons and her work on the height limitation, Charles Wilkinson (Distinguished Professor, Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School) writes in his Prologue to Wright’s paper:

“Wright has since gone on to a full life of public service. She served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1980 through 1994, with six years as House Minority Leader. Since then, as an active supporter of nonprofit and governmental organizations, she has been a board member on the State Health Board, Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, Audubon Colorado, Colorado Water Trust, and the Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees. Wright has long been one of Colorado’s most respected public figures, always available for fair and knowledgeable advice on public issues. From her selfless work in protecting Boulder’s quality of life during the historic height limit controversy through her long career afterward, no one better stands for the proposition that a single person, especially one who can bring people together, can make a major difference.”