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Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan 2018


The city celebrated the 50th anniversary of Boulder residents passing the nation’s first open space tax – an innovative resident initiative that has served to fulfill the City Charter purposes for open space covering ecological, agricultural, recreational, cultural and scenic values of Boulder. Looking back on this accomplishment and forward to the future, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) staff will work closely with the Boulder community to incorporate local values for open space into a broadly supported strategic approach for OSMP management over the next decade. The planning process for the OSMP Master Plan is anticipated to begin in early 2018 and conclude by late summer of 2019.  

More information about this project can be found at  

Status and Potential Next Steps

In 2017, OSMP staff began preparing for the 2018-2019 planning process. Project planning included: 

  • Hiring a consultant team to support staff in the preparation and execution of the planning and engagement process. 
  • Forming a process committee to help refine the development and implementation of the planning and engagement process. The Boulder City Council and the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) have each chosen two of their members to be part of the process committee: (Curt Brown (OSBT), Tom Isaacson (OSBT), Council Member Mary Young and Council Member Aaron Brockett). Learn more about this committee
  • Drafting a project management plan that provides the proposed planning and engagement process. Process committee members have contributed to the evolution of this draft document. A revised draft will be shared with OSBT and council respectively in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018. The goal is that council approves a final project management plan in January, so that the public engagement process may begin soon after in February. 
  • Preparing to kick-off the public planning process in early 2018. The community engagement plan will be included with the project management plan for OSBT and council to review and consider. 
  • Drafting a system overview report to provide a foundation of information that will support community engagement for the master plan. Staff will share the report with the community in early 2018 to help convey the history, progress and status of city open space. The community will be given the opportunity to  comment on the content of the document. Later in 2018, the report will be complemented by additional data and analyses of future trends to support the development of system-wide focus areas and strategies for the next decade. 

Council Action

  • First Quarter 2018 –  
    • Tentative briefing or city manager update (January 3): Initial staff presentation and discussion with council to prepare for agenda item below. 
    • Tentative agenda item (January 16): Review and accept proposed planning and community engagement process for the Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan.  
  • Second/Third Quarter 2018 –  
    • Tentative workshop with OSBT members and council to confirm focus areas for OSMP. The goal of this workshop would be to integrate feedback from the community, staff and agency partners and develop strategic focus areas to guide OSMP management over the next decade.  


For more information about this project, please contact OSMP Senior Planner Deryn Wagner at 303-413-7636 or by email at [email protected]

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