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Design Advisory Board (DAB)

Design Advisory Board (DAB)


Members of the public may contact the Design Advisory Board via email at [email protected] If you are emailing comments related to a project being reviewed by the board, please provide such comments by the end of the business day on the Tuesday before the meeting.


The Design Advisory Board (DAB) reviews projects located in the Downtown area that are valued over $25,000 and involve the construction of a new building or exterior work on an existing building. The board provides comments to persons responsible for their design and development and assures compliance with the most recent Downtown Urban Design Plan. The DAB also reviews projects that require a discretionary review, pursuant to chapter 9-2, and advises on amendments to the most recent Downtown Urban Design Plan. In addition, if its opinion is requested by the city manager, planning board or city council, the board reviews projects located outside of the Downtown to encourage thoughtful, well-designed development projects that are sensitive to the existing character of an area or the character established by adopted design guidelines or plans for the area.

The Design Advisory Board typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. The board will meet either in the City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway or hold the meeting virtually. The dates, times and locations are subject to change. 

The Design Advisory Board's Next meeting may be on May 12th, and it will be held virtually. 

The link to join will be posted here 24hrs prior to the meeting.


Scheduling a design review with DAB is mandatory and is the responsibility of the property owner, developer, or their representative. In general, a meeting should be scheduled before a formal application is submitted to the city. Locally-designated landmark buildings are the only exception and are reviewed by the Landmarks Board (LB).

The board uses the following resources as guidelines for reference: 

  • Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP)
  • Downtown Urban Design Guidelines
  • Adopted area plans or design guidelines

The DAB is a City Council-appointed board consisting of five Boulder residents. 2 of the 5 board members are required to be design professionals, while the remaining 3 members may be appointed without any professional design limitations.  

Design Advisory Board Members

Name Term
Lauren Folkerts (Chair)  March 2017 - March 2022
Rory Bilocerkowycz  March 2018 - March 2023
Todd Bryan March 2019 - March 2024
Brendan Ash March 2021 - March 2025
Matthew Schexnyder March 2021 - March 2026


Agenda & Packet for Next Design Advisory Board Meeting

A link to the webpage where the agenda and meeting packet may be found is in the right sidebar for computers and below for mobile devices and tablets. Or click on Agenda & Packet for Next DAB Meeting. Packets are posted the Friday prior to each meeting.

For more information please call the Board Secretary, Holly Opansky at 303-441-1880, or email the Design Advisory Board. Board packets can be made available at the Planning Department reception area, located at 1739 Broadway, third floor.

It is the City of Boulder's practice to provide more notice than is required by law whenever possible.  However, this practice shall not be used to invalidate any action taken with the minimum notice required by state law.

2021 Design Advisory Board Meeting Dates

Jan. 13, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED   
Feb. 10, 2021 - VIRTUAL MEETING 02.10.2021 DAB Agenda pdf
March 10, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED    
April 14, 2021 - Meeting CANCELED  
May 12, 2021 - VIRTUAL MEETING  
June 9, 2021 -   
July 14, 2021 -   
Aug. 11, 2021 -   
Sept. 8, 2021 -   
Oct. 13, 2021 -   
Nov. 10, 2021 -   
Dec. 8, 2021 -   


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the DAB review?
The DAB review identifies design issues and provides recommendations and advice to the applicant for their design proposal relative to the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines. The DAB review is a one-time process.

Am I required to go before DAB?
Project review is mandatory. However, compliance with design recommendations that result from the DAB review is voluntary.

What results from my meeting with DAB?
Upon completion of a DAB review, staff notifies Planning & Development Services (P&DS) that the applicant has fulfilled the mandatory design review. In the case of projects requiring a site review, the DAB submits recommendations to P&DS that are incorporated in a staff memorandum for further review (including approval or denial) by P&DS staff, Planning Board and/or City Council, depending upon the nature of the application.

How do I schedule a DAB review meeting?
DAB reviews are held at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. Reviews are generally held in the Municipal Building lobby, located at 1777 Broadway. You can schedule your review by contacting Kalani Pahoa at 303-441-4248.

When do I have to turn in my application and materials?
Applications and materials must be submitted in person to a Project Specialist no later than the last Wednesday of the month, two weeks prior to the meeting, at 4 p.m. When you turn in your application, please submit 4 sets of detailed plans, including elevations, and a CD or thumb drive containing all electronic files (all pages sized 11x17). If your project is not fully developed and you are not seeking final board approval, provide as much detail as possible.