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Land Use Code Amendment Projects

What's Happening Now

Planning Board reviewed this proposed ordinance on Aug. 27 and City Council will be reviewing this proposed ordinance in the coming weeks. Comments on the proposed changes may be sent to [email protected] or directly to the board and council at [email protected] and [email protected].

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 (BVCP) .

The city has several code changes underway:

Information about these changes will be provided here as it is available. Community engagement and public input will help inform potential outcomes for all of the projects below.

Primary Code Change Projects in 2020

The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) includes policies to create more mixed-use neighborhoods in appropriate locations and foster more walkable neighborhoods where people live, work and play. The Use Table and Standards project aims to align the use standards of the Land Use Code with the BVCP policies and explore more compatible and updated land uses. The project also seeks to streamline regulations and create more predictability and certainty in the code. 

Learn more about Use Table and Standards Phase 2 .

The Community Benefit Project began in 2018 with the goals of exploring how affordable housing, art space and transportation improvements could be obtained through development projects. In 2019, City Council adopted  Ordinance 8359 , which established new Site Review criteria requiring community benefit in the form of additional permanently affordable housing requirements. Staff is now moving forward with Phase 2, which includes consideration of additional community benefits such as below market rate commercial space, space for the arts, social services and net zero buildings. 

Learn more about Community Benefit Phase 2.

A comprehensive update to the city’s off-street parking standards, which determines the number of parking spaces required and minimum design standards, has not been done in many years. An  evaluation of those standards has been undertaken as a part of the  Access Management Parking Strategy (AMPS) project . The parking supply and demand data that has been gathered since 2014 speaks to necessary adjustments to off-street parking requirements to reflect the city’s current parking needs. 

Learn more about Parking/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Code Updates .

On April 3, 2019, the Senate passed SB 19-181. The Governor of Colorado signed SB 19-181 into law on April 16, 2019. SB 19-181 ensures that oil and gas development and operations in Colorado are regulated in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. SB-19-181 became law in 2019, allowing local governments the right to regulate oil and gas development consistent with State Law.  

Learn more about Oil & Gas Regulations .

Planning and Development Services staff are proposing updates and clarifications to the Land Use Code, that have been identified over the years through the development review process, as well as in discussions with applicants, the public and the design community. The proposed changes include correcting inaccuracies and improving readability of the code language.  

Learn more about the Land Use Code Clarification Project.

In early 2020, the following updates to the ADU regulations were made by City Council. An ADU, also known as an “accessory apartment”, “secondary suite”, or “mother-in-law apartment”, is an additional dwelling unit that has separate kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities, attached or detached from the principal dwelling unit on a single-family lot. An accessory dwelling unit is permitted only if it meets the requirements of Section 9.6.4(a) of the land use code. 

Learn more about Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations .


The city 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 of the projects.