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Boulder Historic Preservation Plan

Boulder Historic Preservation Plan

In 2012, the City of Boulder was awarded a Certified Local Government grant to develop a Historic Preservation Plan. This 11-month initiative integrated feedback from various community members, organizations, boards and City Council. On Oct. 29, 2013, City Council adopted the Historic Preservation Plan. pdf

Goals to Guide the City of Boulder's Historic Preservation Program

The goals of the Historic Preservation Plan are to:

  • 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.

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Historic Preservation Plan

The Historic Preservation Plan begins with an overview of the purpose of the plan’s development and a brief history of historic preservation efforts in Boulder. The second section includes a description and analysis of the current Historic Preservation program areas. The third section, "A Sense of Purpose," establishes the goals and objectives of the plan and describes the recommendations, which are organized by theme (Historic Resource Protection, Community Engagement and Collaboration, and Program Operation).

The chart on page 41 prioritizes the action items into near-term (one to five years) and long-term (five to 10 years) timeframes, and identifies the related objective and responsible parties. The prioritization takes into account the resources currently available and reflects the philosophy that the current program should be strengthened prior to the commencement of additional initiatives.

Select from the lists of links to view the Historic Preservation Plan and a Summary of Community Feedback.

Process

City Council Meeting - Oct. 29, 2013
City Council approved the 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 Dinner Discussion – Aug. 13, 2013
City Council provided feedback on the draft Historic Preservation Plan.

Landmarks Board Meeting and Public Hearing – July 18, 2013
The Landmarks Board hosted an open house gather input on the draft Historic Preservation Plan.


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 - May 1, 2013
The Landmarks Board discussed the community's input about the Historic Preservation Plan goals and objectives.

Historic Preservation Plan Public Meeting - May 1, 2013
Community members helped to prioritize goals and objectives for the Historic Preservation Plan.

PLAN-Boulder County Forum - April 26, 2013
City staff and board members participated in a forum about the Historic Preservation Plan.

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.

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 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.


The City Council and the Landmarks Board discussed 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.


This was the initial public meeting regarding the development of the Historic Preservation Plan.

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