Qualifications & Experience

Ed ByrneEd Byrne is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Boulder (1982-88), was a member of the Boulder Daily Camera’s Editorial Advisory Board from 2008-2017, and runs a private law and mediation practice, Ed Byrne, P.C., specializing in land use and development-related permit approvals, real estate transactions, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Byrne has twice been recognized in Boulder District Court as an expert on City of Boulder land use regulation. In recent years, Mr. Byrne has been appointed to serve on the following boards and committees:

Better Boulder Steering Committee (2014 – 2017); Member, Open Boulder (2014-17); Boulder County Democratic Party “Local Business Initiative” (Co-Chair, 2013);Member, Downtown Boulder Partnership Board of Directors (2010-17), Boulder Chamber of Commerce Community Affairs Council (2010-17), Boulder Daily Camera Editorial Advisory Board (2008-2017); “Does Density Make Sense for Boulder” Conversation & Controversy (Ch. 8, 2010); “Law & Justice” Real Estate Panel (Ch. 8, 2006), Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, Watkins, Colorado; First Congregational Church, Chair, Board of Management and Building Committee (completed $3.6M building, 2003); Boulder County Bar Association Real Estate Section (Co-Chair, 1999-2001) and Alternate Dispute Resolution Section (Co-Chair – 1988), Congress for New Urbanism (1997-2017)Boulder County Regional Transportation Task Force (Boulder County, 1996-98); U.S. 36 Task Force (1995-97); North Boulder Subcommunity Plan Steering Committee (Co-Chair, 1995), Boulder Chamber of Commerce Community Development Council(Chair, 1996); Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Review Committee (1995, 2000. 2005. 2010); State of Colorado Smart Growth Summit (facilitator, 1995); State of Colorado Environment 2000 Citizen Advisory Committee (1989),  State of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Resource Partnership (1989-94);

Mr. Byrne was the Government Relations consultant for Boulder’s Chamber of Commerce from 1996 through 1997. Ed was an attorney for the City of Boulder for six years (1982-88) where he handled code enforcement, land use planning, zoning and open space issues.  In 1988, he left the city to become the Director of Operations for Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the trade association that has represented Colorado’s ski resorts since 1962.   Ed was appointed by Governor Romer to serve on the Colorado Environment 2000 Citizen Advisory Committee (1991) and to facilitate at the Governor’s Growth Summit (1995).

In 1994, Mr. Byrne left CSCUSA to open a land use and zoning law practice and consulting business in Boulder.  In the spring of 1994, Ed was appointed to serve as a city-wide representative for and Co-Chair of the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan Steering Committee.

In 1995, Ed was asked to chair the Community Development Council’s Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, and to represent the Boulder Chamber of Commerce on the U.S. 36 Task Force. Ed was the 1996 Chair of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Community Development Council. In 2001, Mr. Byrne was qualified as an expert in subdivision laws and regulations by the Boulder County District Court. In 2007, Mr. Byrne was qualified as an expert on regulation of nonconforming uses by the Jefferson County District Court.

Mr. Byrne has made multi-media presentations to various groups and conferences on the following topics:

“The Ethical Consequences of Land Use Policies” (2004)

“Colorado’s Legislative Growth Management Options” (2001)

“Fair and Effective Growth Management Strategies” (1999)

“The North Boulder Subcommunity Planning Process” (1996)

“Boulder’s Built Environment” (1995)

Ed Byrne and FamilyPersonal Information: Ed Byrne received a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1976, and a law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1981. He is married to Anne Byrne, a retired family law practitioner. They live in North Boulder and have a son, Conor (26), and two daughters, Erin (21), and Kathleen (19).

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