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Design Advisory Board (DAB)

Design Advisory Board (DAB)


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. in the Municipal Building Lobby, 1777 Broadway. Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please scroll down to view the upcoming meeting dates.

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). In addition, LB may act in an advisory capacity to DAB for issues related to projects that are of historic significance but are not officially landmarked.

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. Currently, several members have professional experience in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and community development.

Design Advisory Board Members

Name Email Phone Term
Jamison Brown 734-626-5467 March 2014 - March 2019
David McInerney 609-924-0706 March 2015 - March 2018
Jim Baily (Chair) 303-494-9520 March 2015 - March 2020
Jeff Dawson 720-771-0516 March 2016 - March 2021
Lauren Folkerts 303-444-8488 March 2017 - March 2022

Upcoming Events

Next Design Advisory Board Meeting


DAB's monthly meeting is typically held the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Municipal Building, 1777 West Conference Rom. Always check the agenda for changes.

See more upcoming events in the Calendar of Events

2017 Design Advisory Board Meeting Dates

  • January 11 - CANCELED
  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13

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 Sam Assefa at 303-441-4277.

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 your are not seeking final board approval, provide as much detail as possible.

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