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Code Amendment Projects

Join Us for a City Open House

Learn How Changes to Boulder’s Land Use Code Could Affect Your Neighborhood
In 2019, the City of Boulder will explore changes to the city code (e.g., community benefit, large homes, use standards etc.) that could create more affordable housing, ensure Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan policies are better integrated into the code and support existing neighborhood character and energy conservation goals. Learn more about these topics, potential impacts, public engagement opportunities and provide input on recommendations. If you are not available to attend and would like to provide input, go to our Beheardboulder.org site and find your project.

 Open house details:
 Wednesday, Feb 20

American Legion Post 10, 4760 28th St., Boulder, CO 80301

Agenda:
5:30 to 6 p.m. - welcome
6 p.m. - presentation
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - open house

You can review handouts from the Open House: Use Table and Standards pdf, Community Benefits pdf, Large Homes and Lots pdf

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The City of Boulder continues to review and update the city’s Land Use Code  consistent with City Council’s directives and the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Community engagement and public input will help inform potential outcomes for all projects. Follow the links below to learn more about each project. 

Large Homes and Lots

The Large Homes and Lots project grows out of a community concern that in some residential areas, homes are permitted to be too large. This concern is related to impact to neighborhood character, as well as trying to meet city goals of diversity of housing types, creating more affordable housing choices and improved energy conservation. This project will help determine what size and types of homes are allowed in certain residential zones, including the RE and RR zones, throughout the city. It will also consider allowing the subdivision of large lots or multiple smaller units on a large lot.

Land Use Table and Standards

The BVCP includes policies to create more mixed-use neighborhoods in appropriate locations and foster more walkable neighborhoods where people live, work and recreate. The Land Use Table and Standards project aims to align the use standards with the BVCP policies and explore more compatible and updated land uses. For example, the end result could pave the way for more corner coffee shops or small-scaled grocery stores in or near your neighborhood, making Boulder a more walkable city for residents’ everyday needs. The project also seeks to streamline regulations and create more predictability and certainty in the code.

Community Benefit

Community benefit has been a topic discussed in the community for several years, but in 2018, the community benefit project officially began with goals of exploring how benefits such as affordable housing, art space and transportation improvements could be obtained through development projects, particularly larger projects where extra height, not above 55 feet, or floor area are proposed. This project will determine the type and amount of community benefits that would be provided to achieve increased intensity (e.g. floor area), building height, density and zone district changes.