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In early November 2016, postcard invitations for a second BVCP survey were sent to 6,000 randomly selected households. This second BVCP survey was an opportunity to understand community opinions and preferences about specific policy choices. 

The Results Are In

The second BVCP survey results are now available, including:

If you would like to read more background on the survey, including about its methodology, review the recent memo to City Council and the Planning Board pdf.​  


BVCP Community Survey and Focus Groups Summary Report When the City of Boulder and Boulder County began updating the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, members of the City Council and Planning Board asked staff to commission a random sample survey that would be conducted by an independent firm. The survey's intent was to find out what people in the community think are the most important issues facing the Boulder Valley, and the results of the survey will help guide decision makers and staff as they determine which areas to address and what policies to pursue.

The survey and six focus groups addressed a variety of topics, including quality of life, familiarity with the plan, core values, growth management, mixed use and locations, height and neighborhoods. The focus groups provided more detailed feedback on issues covered in the survey, as well as issues not specifically addressed in the survey, such as transportation, resident diversity and relations with the University of Colorado-Boulder. The report in all its detail with cross tabulations and demographic information has only recently been available, so staff will continue to read comments and analyze results as the update continues.

Research firm RRC Associates administered the survey and invited members of 6,000 households in the Boulder Valley to participate, which is large enough to provide a representative sample of the community. The firm's work ensured the survey would represent the wide range of opinions in a diverse community. Following the survey, some respondents were asked to participate in small focus groups to provide more information.

All Boulder Valley residents also could take an identical online "open link survey" which allowed the city and county to collect more detailed comments. Because it was open to the community (and not from a random sample), results of the two surveys are not combined.

Survey Results and Focus Group Feedback

The summary report posted below contains RRC Associates' key findings and methodology.