Fourmile Fire Rebuild Forums and Boulder County meeting

Last night was the first of three Rebuild Forums held in Boulder to assist property owners who are considering rebuilding after the recent Fourmile Fire.  The event was held in the East Boulder Senior Center and consisted of a series of presentations as well as informational/marketing tables staffed by local builders and architects.  Sponsored by BGBG, the 15 St. Desgin District and AIA North, the event was well-attended, if though most of the attendees appeared to be local tradespeople rather than homeowners.

The following is a list of the presentations that were scheduled for last night.

  • Integrating Your Insurance Claim With Design And Construction Scott deLuise, Matrix Business Consulting
  • Rebuilding After The Fire: Boulder County Site Review & Permitting Clean Up Gary Goodell, Boulder County
  • How To Work With An Architect Joseph Vigil, AIA, WORKSHOP8 architecture | planning | design
  • Choosing A Contractor Keenan Tompkins, Michael Johan, Kim Neill Cornerstone Contracting, Center Management Group,    Cottonwood Custom Builders
  • Demystifying the Rebuilding Process Matt Dumler, Rob Kimbrough       MD Builders, Chinook Construction

There are two remaining Forums of similar fashion, Sunday October 3rd, also at the East Boulder Senior Center.  Presentations for those sessions include:

  • Integrating Your Insurance Claim With Design And Construction Chris Rockers or Ronald Harsch, Matrix Business Consulting
  • County – Clean Up County Staff, Boulder County
  • Build Smart Mark Bloomfield, Sustainably Built
  • How To Work With An Architect Harvey Hine, AIA HMH architecture & interiors
  • Choosing A Contractor Keenan Tompkins, Michael Johan, Kim Neill    Cornerstone Contracting, Center Management Group, Cottonwood Custom Builders
  • Fire-Wise Landscaping and Revegetation Carol Adams, Studio Terra, Inc.
  • Fire Resistant Construction Techniques Ron Flax & Fire Marshal, Rodwin Architecture
  • County – Permitting County Staff, Boulder County
  • The Wisdom of Green Building Dave Barrett, Barrett Studio Architects

I will be there Sunday at 1pm with portfolio in hand to answer any questions and describe our experiences so far with working with rebuilding homeowners.   I will not be giving a presentation, much to everyone’s relief.

In addition to these Forums there is a meeting on Thursday, September 30th at 11:30am at the BOCC Hearing Room (Courthouse, 3rd Floor) being sponsored by Boulder County to discuss some much anticipated changes to the Site Plan Review and permitting processes for the Fourmile Fire victims.  This is the meeting I think we have all been looking forward to and hopefully we can all leave with some solid answers to questions like:

  • Can my old septic system be re-used?
  • Do I have to go through the full Site Plan Review process if I am only going to add a few hundred square feet?  Or move the house a bit?
  • Can I put a temporary building on my site to live in while I rebuild?
  • Will the County’s Transferable Development Credits program include fire-damaged sites?
  • Will the County inspect current road access issues to determine their conformance with current code?
  • Will there be significant changes to either the Wildfire Mitigation or Ignition Resistant Construction regulations?
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