Boulder Historic Preservation Plan
The City of Boulder’s Historic Preservation Plan was accepted in 2013 and has guided the Historic Preservation program over the last five years by helping to establish priorities and informing the annual work plan. Funding for the plan was provided through a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant that was used to hire a consultant, HistoryMatters, to assess the program, establish goals and objectives for the program, and recommend strategies to achieve these goals.
Goals to Guide the City of Boulder's Historic Preservation Plan
Ensure the protection of Boulder's significant historic, architectural, and environmental resources;
Actively engage the community in historic preservation efforts;
Make review processes clear, predictable and objective;
Continue leadership in historic preservation and environmental sustainability; and
Encourage preservation of historic resources.
Five-Year Update of the Historic Preservation Plan
The five-year update of the Historic Preservation Plan, beginning in the fall of 2018, will include confirmation of the goals and objectives, documenting progress toward the goals in the first five years and updating the recommendations and associated timeline and roles. The five-year update will not revisit the current program description or assessment. It is anticipated that an in-depth update of the Historic Preservation Plan would be undertaken in 2023 as part of a 10-year update.
Public participation is anticipated to occur through the formation of a working group that will meet throughout the process, and community members will be invited to participate through open houses and an online survey.
Draft Assessment of Progress Toward Goals
Since 2013, the Landmarks Board accomplishments have been documented in “Year in Review” handouts and reviewed at annual retreats. At the retreats, the Landmarks Board has identified priorities from the Historic Preservation Plan to focus efforts in the following year.
Browse the Draft Assessment of Progress Toward Goals and reference pages 30-39 of the plan for a detailed explanation of each recommendation.
Tenative Schedule and Process (Updated September 2018)
Phase I: Draft Assessment of 2013-2018 Progress Toward Goals; Confirm
Goals and Objectives (September - October)
Confirm goals and objectives and gather feedback on the progress to date and proposed
- Landmarks Board Study Session (Sept. 5)
- Working Group Meeting #1
- City Council Information Packet Item
Phase II: Draft Revised Recommendations
Review draft revisions to prioritization chart (recommendations, time frame and roles)
- Community Open House #1
- Landmarks Board Meeting
- Working Group Meeting #2
Phase III: Final Recommendations
Finalize revisions to prioritization chart (recommendations, time frame and roles)
- Working Group Meeting #3
- Landmarks Board Meeting
Phase IV: Adoption
- Community Open House #2
- Landmarks Board Meeting
- City Council Meeting
Public Meeting - Historic Preservation Plan - Jan. 16, 2013
This was the initial public meeting regarding the development of the Historic Preservation Plan.
Landmarks Board Meeting - Jan. 16, 2013
This public board meeting discussed the development of the Historic Preservation Plan with the Landmarks Board, including comments about the current program and discussion of goals and objectives for the plan.
City Council/Landmarks Board Joint Study Session – Feb. 12, 2013
The City Council and the Landmarks Board discussed the development of the Historic Preservation Plan.
Stakeholder Group Meeting – Feb. 19, 2013
City staff and Historic Boulder, Inc. hosted a stakeholder meeting to gather feedback. The questions asked of the Landmarks Board and the City Council provided a framework for the discussion.
Planning Board – April 4, 2013
Planning Board discussed the development of the Historic Preservation Plan, commented on the work to date, identified key issues related to land use, and identified potential goals and objectives.
Stakeholder Group - April 23, 2013
City staff and Historic Boulder, Inc. hosted a stakeholder meeting to develop, discuss and prioritize the preliminary goals and objectives of the plan.
PLAN-Boulder County Forum - April 26, 2013
City staff and board members participated in a forum about the Historic Preservation Plan.
Historic Preservation Plan Public Meeting - May 1, 2013
Community members helped to prioritize goals and objectives for the Historic Preservation Plan.
Landmarks Board Meeting - May 1, 2013
The Landmarks Board discussed the community's input about the Historic Preservation Plan goals and objectives.
Landmarks Board Meeting and Public Hearing - June 5, 2013
The Landmarks Board hosted a public hearing to allow the community to provide input on the Historic Preservation Plan themes and recommendations.
Landmarks Board Meeting and Public Hearing – July 18, 2013
The Landmarks Board hosted an open house gather input on the draft Historic Preservation Plan.
City Council Dinner Discussion – Aug. 13, 2013
City Council provided feedback on the draft Historic Preservation Plan.
Landmarks Board Meeting and Public Hearing – Sept. 4, 2013
The Landmarks Board hosted a public hearing and provided feedback on the draft Historic Preservation Plan.
City Council Meeting - Oct. 29, 2013
City Council approved the Historic Preservation Plan.