Plan outlines a future vision for East Boulder based on community goals and values

After years of discussion, City Council gave final approval to the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan (EBSP) on Oct. 6, 2022. The plan guides the evolution of East Boulder over the next two decades into a local business hub, with a variety of housing options, and an artful community that is well connected to the surrounding city and the region.

Consistent dialogue between the community, city staff and the East Boulder Working Group shaped the plan. The working group was made up of 21 East Boulder community members who dedicated their time over three years to involve the community directly in the planning process and help design a plan to meet the community’s needs.

"This plan is a great example of collaboration between the city and the community," said City Principal Planner Kathleen King. "A big thank you to all the community members who offered feedback to help inform the plan and to the working group for their time, effort and dedication to the future of East Boulder."

Within the plan, land use in East Boulder is expanded to support the area as one of Boulder’s important employment centers. One of the plan’s long-term outcomes is new mixed-use, neighborhoods in key locations. Housing will be integrated into these areas, as well as mobility improvements to support biking, walking and transit throughout the subcommunity. The goal of these "15-minute neighborhoods is to decrease car dependence and make walking and biking safe and convenient, ultimately helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, one of the city's climate goals.

In order for the plan to be realized, it recommends changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan’s land use map and includes a detailed plan for the 55th and Arapahoe Station Area, which will be served in the future by high-quality, high-frequency bus rapid transit.

Many of the industrial areas in East Boulder will remain industrial, but new retail or services will be incorporated to better serve people who live and work in the area. As the city does not own most of the land, the plan will be realized through private redevelopment and partnerships.

To view the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan and learn more about the 55th and Arapahoe Station Area Plan, visit the city’s website.