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Check this page for more information as the update progresses. It will be updated with content such as white papers, reports and analysis throughout the rest of 2016.

You can also learn more at the Key Resources and Policy Integration pages.

Link to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Future Choice Forum Ad


An important aspect of any major update is assessing whether the land use designation map and policies (i.e., built form, housing, etc.) are still serving the community, or whether adjustments are necessary to respond to current conditions and trends. Through the past year of community engagement, the project has honed in on focus areas and key choices related to land use including: 

  • Housing affordability and diversity
  • Balance of future jobs and housing
  • Climate change, energy and resilience
  • Urban design and community benefits
  • Addressing local needs (e.g., through area and subcommunity planning) 

The citywide scenarios are aimed at addressing those focus areas and objectives of this update and the plan’s sustainable urban form policies. Building from earlier work to identify “opportunity areas” in the community – centers, corridors, industrial/innovation areas, three major concepts are being explored in the scenarios to address a range of potential future housing (and jobs/housing balance). 

The information presented here is preliminary and will be further refined throughout the fall.  This information was discussed during the Aug. 25 Planning Board meeting pdf and during an open house and joint board meeting on Aug. 29. It is also being discussed as part of the Future Choices Forums. Input from these meetings will inform changes to the scenarios and analysis.

Information from Aug. 29 meeting

Staff from Boulder and Boulder County held an open house on Aug. 29 to update the public about its ongoing work and to get feedback on the draft and preliminary concepts, scenarios and policy questions. That meeting included a joint hearing for Boulder's advisory boards and commissions. The event was only to gather community and board feedback--no decisions were made. Information from the event is posted below.


This material will evolve as the city and county receive feedback from the community, elected leaders and advisory boards throughout the year. Email the comp plan team to share your thoughts. 


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