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2020 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Mid-Term Update

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In December 2020, both City Council and Planning Board approved the 2020 Mid-Term Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.

The Boulder County Planning Commission approved the changes that require four-body approval. The final review and approval meeting will take place on Mar. 2 at 1 p.m. with the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners.

Mid-term changes include updates to the land use and planning area maps, as well as policy and text changes. 

Planning Board Memo

City Council Memo

Boulder County Staff Report

Changes to Area I and II that require City Planning Board and City Council approval:

  1. Properties in the area described as Phase 2A of the Transit Village Area Plan along 30th Street and Valmont Road: Change to Mixed Use Business.  Read the staff report .

  2. Alpine-Balsam City-Owned Properties: Change to Mixed Use Business and High Density Residential.  Read the staff report .

  3. 1345 S. Broadway / Mt. Hope Church: No change.  Read the staff report .

  4. 6500 Odell Place: Change to High Density Residential.  Read the staff report .

  5. 3015-3055 47 th St.: Change to Transitional Business.  Read the staff report .

  6. Hillside Road: Correct errors and change portions of parcels to Low Density Residential and Public.  Read the staff report .

  7. Minor Adjustments to the Service Area to reflect the 2016 voter approved Blue Line, including Area I, II, III Map changes from Area III-Rural Reservation to Area II and Land Use designation assignment in of Low Density Residential for select properties.  Read the staff report .

Changes to Area II and III properties that require city and county approval:

  1. Service Area Contraction to reflect the 2016 voter approved Blue Line including Area I, II, III Map changes from Area I to Area III – Annex and Area II to Area III – Rural Preservation for city Open Space and Mountain Parks properties.  Read the staff report .

  1. Land Use changes for recently acquired city Open Space properties.  Read the staff report .

Policy and Text changes:

  1. Policy and Text changes to reflect adopted policies and plans since the last update.  Read the staff report .


Background Information

The   Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan   (BVCP) is used by the City of Boulder and Boulder County to guide long-range planning, the review of development proposals and other activities that shape the built and natural environments in the Boulder Valley. The plan helps the community create and preserve a sustainable future for the Boulder Valley and a high quality of life.

The mid-term update, a routine process to ensure the BVCP incorporates recent area plans and current maps, is taking place in 2020. The mid-term update reviews progress made against objectives identified in the last major plan update, provides an opportunity for the public to request changes to the plan that do not involve significant city and county resources and makes minor additions or clarifications to the policy section.

This summer, Planning Board conducted the screen process to determine proposed amendments for further consideration and City Council held a public hearing and provided direction on the BVCP Mid-Term Update screening process. Council approved staff’s and Planning Board’s recommend list of change requests to move forward for further consideration. 


Community-Requested Changes for Consideration

Evaluate r e quest ed change   from the property-owner  to correct  mapping errors of inaccurately applied  Public (PUB)  and  Low Density Residential (LR)  land uses.   

Evaluate r equest ed change   from the property-owner  for land use amendment from Medium Density Residential (MR) to a Business Land Use  to more accurately align with existing  commercial uses.  

Evaluate r equest ed change   from the property-owner, Mt. Hope Lutheran Church,  for land use amendment from Low Density Residential (LR) to a higher density  residential  or  mixed-use  land use  to support community-serving new uses on the vacant portions of the property.  Neighborhood engagement will explore opportunities and impacts and determine if a change would provide a community benefit.   


Staff-Initiated Changes for Consideration

Evaluate  potential land use change for the currently vacant parcel at 6500 Odell Place to support permanently affordable housing.  Community engagement and e valuation to determine if a land use designation change to support permanently affordable housing aligns with the Gunbarrel Community Center Plan goals area and vision for the area.   

Implement recommended land use changes and guide infrastructure improvement planning and future zoning based on approved 2019 Alpine-Balsam Area Plan for city-owned properties.

  • Reflect recent completed Open Space acquisitions


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Staff evaluated each request from the Public Application Process to determine if it met the criteria for BVCP changes to be considered in the Mid-Term Update. Several requests focused on zoning. The Mid-Term Update process concentrates on changes to the BVCP Land Uses. BVCP Land Use designations include broad categories for types of use and density and inform more specific zoning regulations. In areas where BVCP land use is changed, rezoning may be implemented as a next step.

Click on each link below to view the plan change application and staff recommendation for each request. 

Plan Change Requests Map

The Public Application Process for plan change requests is now closed. Click on a point on the map below to view the application for that location. 

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