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North TSA Public Feedback & Meeting Materials

North TSA Public Comment Compendium

The public comment compendium include public comments received via email, North TSA website comment form, YOAB, direct public outreach as well as comments from the city's digital town hall, Inspire Boulder. Inspire Boulder questions, public feedback and staff responses are also posted separately below.

Comment Compendium from June 7, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the draft plan received via email.

Comment Compendium from June 1 to June 6, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the draft plan received via email. 

Comment Compendium from May 13 to May 31, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the draft plan received via email.

Comment Compendium from March 10 to May 12, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the draft plan received via email.

Comment Compendium from March 4 to March 9, 2016 pdf -  this includes public comments on the Draft Plan and feedback about desired access to the Northern Properties received via email. 

Comment Compendium from Feb. 10 to March 4, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the Updated Refined Scenarios and feedback about desired access to the Northern Properties received via email.

Comment Compendium from Jan. 14 to Feb. 10, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the Updated Refined Scenarios received via email.

Comment Compendium from Jan. 4 to Jan. 13, 2016 pdf - this includes additional public comments on the Refined North TSA Scenarios received via email. 

Comment Compendium from Nov. 9, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016 pdf - this includes public comments on the Refined North TSA Scenarios received via email. 

Comment Compendium from Oct. 5 to Nov. 8, 2015 pdf - this includes public comments on the Preliminary North TSA Scenarios received via email. 

Comment Compendium from May 28 to July 22, 2015 pdf - this includes public comments received via email, the North TSA website comment form and the city’s digital town hall, Inspire Boulder.

Comment Compendium from Nov. 2014 to May 27, 2015 pdf - this includes public comments received via email, North TSA website comment form, YOAB, direct public outreach as well as comments from the city's digital town hall, Inspire Boulder. 

Inspire Boulder questions, public feedback and staff responses are also posted separately below.


North TSA Refined Scenarios Feedback

View the feedback on North TSA Refined Scenarios pdf - this document includes community suggested revisions to refined scenarios in order to improve the scenarios’ abilities to meet and balance identified interests as well as accompanying maps and documents that illustrate the proposed revisions. This feedback was gathered at the December 10 Refined Scenario Community Workshop and received via email. A record of all individual comments shared via email can be viewed in the Comment Compendium from November 9 to January 3, 2016 pdf

View the Refined Scenario Improvements Summary pdf- this document includes a summary of community suggested revisions to refined scenarios gathered at the December 10 Refined Scenario Community Workshop and received via email.


North TSA Preliminary Scenarios Feedback

View the feedback on North TSA Preliminary Scenarios pdf - this document includes community suggested revisions to preliminary scenarios in order to improve the scenarios’ abilities to meet and balance identified interests as well as accompanying maps and documents that illustrate the proposed revisions. This feedback was gathered at the October 19 Preliminary Scenario Community Workshop and received via email. Email feedback received prior to October 15 is not attributed to individuals within this document because it has been summarized. A record of all individual comments shared via email can be viewed in the Comment Compendium from October 5 to November 8, 2015 pdf

View the Preliminary Scenario Improvements Summary pdf - this document includes a summary of community suggested revisions to preliminary scenarios gathered at the October 19 Preliminary Scenario Community Workshop and received via email.

View the Preliminary Scenarios Feedback and How it was Addressed in North TSA Refined Scenarios pdf – this document includes a summary of community suggested revisions to preliminary scenarios gathered at the October 19 Preliminary Scenario Community Workshop and received via email and documentation showing if/how the feedback was incorporated into the North TSA Refined Scenarios. 

OSMP conducted an online survey and polled workshop participants about how well scenarios balance community interests for the North TSA. Learn about these results: 

North TSA Scenarios Survey - All Survey Responses pdf: This document includes all responses submitted during the online survey
North TSA Scenarios Survey - Adjusted pdf: This document includes adjustments to minimize inconsistencies
North TSA Oct. 5 Scenario Workshop Polling Results pdf


Community Workshops

Presentations, posters, community feedback and other materials from past workshops on the North TSA are posted below.

December 10, 2015: Community Information Session and Workshop for Refined Scenarios for the North TSA

October 19, 2015: Community Workshop to refine Preliminary Scenarios for the North TSA

October 19, 2015 Preliminary Scenarios Workshop Presentation pdf

October 5, 2015: Community Workshop to learn about and provide feedback on Preliminary Scenarios for the North TSA

October 5, 2015 Preliminary Scenarios Workshop Presentation pdf

June 24 & 27, 2015: Community Workshops to discuss interests in the North TSA

June 24 Workshop Summary - Revised 8-10-2015 pdf
June 27 Workshop Summary - Revised 8-10-2015 pdf
Interests Workshop Presentation pdf

May 2 & 6, 2015 Community Workshops to kick off development of the North TSA Plan

May 2 Workshop Summary pdf
May 6 Workshop Summary pdf


North TSA Expert Panels

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) held two public meetings to help inform the interested community in and around Boulder and OSMP staff/OSBT about ways that other land managers or areas have addressed challenges related to 1) natural resource management and protection and 2) trail sustainability and visitor experience. Panelists brought knowledge and experience about creative solutions or approaches that have been tried in other areas into the community conversation related to the North Trail Study Area. 

August 26, 2015: Expert Panel on Trail Sustainability and Visitor Experience

Individual PowerPoint presentations from three of the panelists are available below (Joel Frank did not have a PowerPoint presentation). You may also view a video of the panelists' presentations and Q&A*. 

Mike McHugh's Presentation pdf
Dr. Rob Roy Ramey's Presentation pdf
Kim Frederick's Presentation pdf

View bios of the Trail Sustainability and Visitor Experience Experts pdf

Final notes from the August 26 meeting (including public feedback) pdf

September 2, 2015: Expert Panel on Natural Resources

Individual PowerPoint presentations from the panelists are available below. You may also view a video of the panelists' presentations and Q&A*.

Dave Anderson's Presentation pdf
Steve Jones' Presentation pdf
Janet Chu's Presentation pdf
Dr. Sarah Reed's Presentation pdf

View bios of the Natural Resource Experts pdf

Final notes from the September 2 meeting (including public feedback) pdf

*The views expressed by the panelists in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the City of Boulder and Open Space and Mountain Parks staff.


North TSA Interests Feedback

View the report on North TSA Interests and Issues pdf - this includes a summary of public interests, including common themes of interests, in the North TSA that were gathered via community workshops, Inspire Boulder, email and social media submission to OSMP staff, on-site and local store-front engagement with OSMP staff and engagement with under-represented groups. Youth feedback is posted separately below.


Inspire Boulder Feedback

North Trail Study Area Plan Inspire Boulder Question – posted June 23 through July 19

What would you like to see improved, changed or preserved in the North Trail Study Area (TSA) and why?

Open Space and Mountain Parks wants to understand community members’ interests or reasons behind desired outcomes for the North Trail Study Area. We also would like to know how other interests may affect your interest on city open space north of Linden Avenue.

One way to think about these questions is to complete the following sentences.

I would like ________ because ____________.
I would like_________ in order to _________.

When preparing your comments, also consider the examples below:

I would like a new trail from _____ to ______ because it will make a shorter connection between these two scenic sites I enjoy visiting and it would create a loop trail rather than a long out-and-back experience.
I would like _____ Trail to separate activities more for improved safety.
I would like habitat for the rare grassland butterflies to be expanded in order to ensure there is enough habitat for these butterfly populations.
I would like the ______ Trail to be moved closer to the lake because I want to experience the unique bird watching opportunities.
I would like the ______ Trail to be moved away from ______ Creek in order to protect sensitive habitat for song birds.
I would like the area next to ______ Reservoir to remain without trails in order to preserve the large, unfragmented habitat it provides for prairie dogs and grassland birds.

North TSA Plan Interests Public Feedback on Inspire Boulder pdf 

North Trail Study Area Plan Sideboards - posted May 5 through May 17

City seeks feedback on the North Trail Study Area Plan sideboards.

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is developing the North Trail Study Area (NTSA) Plan to improve visitor experiences and increase the sustainability of trails while conserving the area’s natural, cultural and agricultural resources.

This plan will deal with just a part of the OSMP land system, and must be consistent with the city’s open space charter, along with city, state and federal laws and regulations. Sideboards identify: the legal constraints of the plan and what is appropriate to consider as part of the plan.

Please review the sideboards which are described in Topic Details, and offer your thoughts about what has been included and what may be missing.

View public feedback pdf from Inspire Boulder and email on the North TSA sideboards.

North Trail Study Area Plan Inspire Boulder Question - posted April 22 through May 10

What about the North TSA do you value/enjoy and why? What could be improved and why? Please be specific (e.g. location).

The City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department is developing a community vision for Boulder’s open space north of Linden Avenue and the Diagonal Highway. The purpose of the North Trail Study Area (TSA) Plan is to improve visitor experiences and increase the sustainability of trails while conserving the area’s natural, cultural and agricultural resources.

When thinking about these questions, please keep in mind your experience and knowledge of the area's recreational, natural, agricultural and cultural resources.

North TSA Plan Public Feedback on Inspire Boulder pdf


Youth Engagement

  • In an effort to support the City of Boulder’s larger initiative to make Boulder a child- and youth-friendly city, OSMP is committed to broadening participation in the North TSA to include children and youth in the process. To date, staff has reached out to the city’s Youth Opportunities Advisory Board, comprised of 16 diverse high-school students who advise municipal government on youth-related policies and issues. Staff presented the basic purpose and process for the North TSA and sought feedback on effective ways to involve youth. See what they had to say here pdf.
  • With the help of Growing Up Boulder, staff also met with five crews from the OSMP Junior Ranger Program to get feedback on what they do and don’t like about conditions in the North TSA. We heard great ideas and had a lot of fun! 
  • Staff and Growing Up Boulder have also worked with Boulder Journey School to understand what pre-schoolers value about open space. View some of their ideas pdf, along with initial feedback we’ve heard from some of our junior rangers.
  • On Wednesday, July 8, staff presented an update to the Open Space Board of Trustees about the youth engagement process. View the staff presentation pdf.
  • On Saturday, July 11, OSMP and Growing Up Boulder hosted a Family Workshop at Wonderland Lake to get input from all ages. Thanks to everyone who helped out and participated! We received some great feedback to consider. 
  • View Growing Up Boulder's Final Report pdf on the findings from youth engagement including feedback from about 25 participants in the July 11 Family Workshop, about 10 pre-schoolers from Boulder Journey School and about 60 Junior Rangers from five OSMP Junior Ranger crews. 

See some of Boulder youth's ideas below:

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