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What If?

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The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update continues, and throughout 2016 members of the community will be digging deeper into the key issues they have identified during the past year. Now is an important time to give input to help shape the next steps, which will involve key choices, desired outcomes, and recommended changes to the plan.

This event on Wednesday, May 11, included idea pitches from a diverse set community voices who shared their thoughts and vision for the Boulder Valley’s future in lively and thought-provoking 60-second presentations.

If you missed it, you can still view the video of the update presentation and the "What If" idea pitches or review the 'What If?' event summary pdf

On this page you can view digital copies of the posters and white papers from the event and give ideas and feedback online. You also can see more about  other projects and programs from the city, including transportation projects, historic preservation and the Climate Commitment.

Information and hands-on activities about:

"About the Plan Update" presentation from staff

Jam session -- "What If?" 60-second idea pitches. Hear ideas about the future of the Boulder Valley from members of the community


Staff from the City of Boulder and Boulder County also attended the event to share information and gather ideas about many ongoing or upcoming projects and initiatives.

Comprehensive Plan Open House

The links below will give you more information about a specific topic or subject that's being studied as part of the comprehensive plan update.

Topic Details
About the BVCP update

Update 101 and introduction to the BVCP and an overview of the plan update, discussing opportunities to get involved, how your input shapes the plan, the project timeline and the focus areas.

Core Values

Stop by and see draft changes to the core values section of the plan and share additional thoughts.

Change Request Process

During major updates, members of the community can request changes to maps and text in the plan. Stop by to learn more about this process and next steps.

Subcommunity Planning

The community has expressed interest in planning that has a greater focus on neighborhood issues and what makes each part of the community special. Learn more about subcommunities, local listening sessions and future local events.

Targeted Assessment: CU South

“CU South” is a 316-acre parcel located south of Boulder by the Denver-Boulder turnpike. Through 2016, city staff will work with city and county officials and boards, CU Boulder, and other agencies such as the Colorado Department of Transportation to evaluate land use designations on the site and plan for flood mitigation for the South Boulder Creek. Learn more about the project, including process and timeline.

Targeted Assessment: the Boulder Community Project: Alpine-Balsam

In 2015, the city acquired the 8.8-acre Boulder Community Health (BCH) campus at the corner of Balsam and Broadway streets and is beginning an engagement campaign to capture the history of the site as well as begin the plan to shape its future. Learn more about the project and share stories and memories from the hospital.

Click here to see the other departments and projects that were at the open house

Planning, Housing and Sustainability

Teams from the department were on hand to discuss Boulder's ambitious goal to transition off of fossil fuels and reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions, as well as what's going on with historic preservation, and the city's new resilience strategy.

Topic Details
Historic Resource Survey Plan

The City of Boulder is developing a Historic Resource Survey Plan to assess current historic preservation records and to prioritize future research and survey efforts.

Climate Commitment and resilience strategy

The aim of the draft community strategy is for Boulder to transition off fossil fuels and to significantly reduce the community’s overall emissions (80 percent or more by 2050).

Library and arts

Learn about what the city is doing to help Boulder's vibrant arts scene and creative economy thrive and give your perspective on the new cultural plan.

Topic Details
Community Cultural Plan In 2015 City Council adopted this comprehensive vision and strategic plan for supporting the cultural community and creative economy over the next nine years. Staff will be available for questions about the community vision, grants and scholarships, public art, and other opportunities.

Transportation projects and plans

Learn about construction projects that are underway or being planned, as well as transit studies and multi-use path improvements.

Topic Details
2016 Transportation Capital Projects Information will feature 2016 transportation projects currently in the planning, design and/or construction phase.
East Arapahoe Transportation Plan The East Arapahoe Transportation Plan is a long-range plan that will consider a number of potential transportation improvements within the East Arapahoe corridor, including biking and walking enhancements, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and local bus service and automobile travel.
HOP Transit Study This project aims to improve service and enhance the attractiveness of the HOP route in light of land use and transportation changes in the past two decades. It is an opportunity to revisit the community-driven goals and objectives of the service, accommodate important activity centers such as Boulder Junction and the future Google campus, and continue to provide high quality service to Downtown, CU, and the Hill.
Pavement Management Programs The city utilizes a Pavement Management Program to identify the optimal timing, level of funding and pavement treatment strategies to keep Boulder’s street system in satisfactory condition. Learn about the programs and how they’re applied across the city.
Boulder Creek Path and Lighting Improvements Projects The Boulder Creek Path and Lighting Improvements projects, funded by the Community, Culture and Safety tax, will build a separated pedestrian path and lighting along the Boulder Creek multi-use path from 17th to 13th streets and 9th Street to the Eben Fine Park bridge. 
Boulder Creek Arapahoe and 13th Underpass Project The Arapahoe Underpass Project will improve the general safety of Boulder Creek underpass at Arapahoe Avenue near 13th Street. Learn about the project and provide your feedback. Arapahoe Avenue from 15th to 13th streets will also be reconstructed with this project.


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