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Planning, Housing and Sustainability


The mission of the Department of Planning, Housing + Sustainability (PH+S) is to “collaborate with our community and colleagues to create a sustainable, resilient and inclusive city, worthy of its setting, where we can all thrive together.” The department does this by:

  • Working with the Boulder community to articulate a shared vision for the city's future;
  • Promoting long-term sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness through comprehensive, strategic planning and application of the community's values and sustainability principles in guiding preservation, new development and redevelopment in the city;
  • Preserving and providing safe, quality affordable housing opportunities that help build and sustain community through long-range planning, application of land use and regulatory tools, investment, regional collaboration, and funding of programs;
  • Engaging the community to promote education and facilitate action for community sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness; and
  • Supporting others in the city organization and community to carry out their mission in service of the community's planning, housing and sustainability goals.


  • The PH+S Department is organized as follows: Planning – includes the Comprehensive Planning Division, Development Review Division and City Design Team
  • Housing Division
  • Climate and Sustainability Division

These divisions are supported by an Administrative Services work group as well as shared support services through P+DS (see below).

2017 Operating Budget: $16,308,133
2017 Number of FTE Employees: 71.29

Planning and Development Services (P+DS)
A “service area” known as Planning and Development Services (P+DS) coordinates all of the development-related functions across the PH+S and Public Works Departments. Support services in Information Resources, Finance and Budget, Communications and Administration are shared across P+DS and the PH+S Department.



The Planning Division includes two divisions and the City Design Team:

The Comprehensive Planning Division leads planning and policy development projects and programs. It includes long-range planning, historic preservation, and ecological planning. The division develops and implements the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, prepares area plans and other special planning efforts, manages the Historic Preservation Program, and coordinates both the Urban Wildlife Management Program and the Integrated Pest Management Program.

The Development Review Division provides project review, zoning administration and enforcement services for the community. By collaborating with other work groups within the P&DS Center, Development Review helps ensure consistent application of city regulations and policies in both “by right” and discretionary review projects. The group also coordinates regular updates to the city’s land use code and development regulations, and oversees annexation processes.

The City Design Team develops and applies standards for urban design and architecture in the city, and leads planning initiatives that help shape the public realm. This includes facilitating community dialogue and providing leadership to achieve design excellence in the city’s built environment, acting as a technical urban design resource for the city, and playing a leadership role on special projects involving complex design issues.

  • 2017 Operating Budget: $5,844,947
  • 2017 Number of FTE Employees: 38.21


The Division of Housing includes several work teams that support affordable housing.

The Community Investment Team utilizes city and federal resources in collaboration with partner organizations to increase and preserve the community’s affordable housing stock, support the capital needs of nonprofit service providers, and ensure appropriate oversight and compliance monitoring of these investments.

The Homeownership Team promotes and implements affordable homeownership opportunities, helps match qualified households with permanently affordable for-sale home opportunities and ensures operation of the program in a manner consistent with city policies and community values.

The Planning and Policy Team leads initiatives to address community housing needs through community and stakeholder engagement; policy, market and data analysis; and development of new affordable housing policies and programs, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Planning Team and other work groups. The Planning and Policy Team partners with the Development Review Team to implement the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance in new development and annexations. The team also helps establish and monitor appropriate metrics to measure program success and effectiveness.

  • 2017 Operating Budget: $6,518,684
  • 2017 Number of FTE Employees: 15.95

Climate + Sustainability

The Climate + Sustainability Division leads efforts within the city organization and community to achieve community goals for climate action, energy (efficiency, fuel switching and system transformation) and zero waste.

Guided by Boulder’s long-term goal of an 80 percent reduction in emissions (from 2005) by 2050, the Climate Commitment Team leads collaborative processes with other departments, work groups and the community to understand and respond to the challenge of climate change, and to develop effective strategies to achieve deep reductions in local carbon emissions.

The Energy Services Team works with Boulder businesses, residents and partners to reduce energy use in the city through energy efficiency, conservation and site-based renewable energy development. The team leverages a combination of education, incentives, technical assistance and regulatory requirements.

The Zero Waste Team works with city staff, partners and the Boulder community to reduce the generation of waste and divert reusable resources to the maximum extent possible, through a combination of policy development, education, incentives, investments in zero waste facilities, technical assistance and regulatory requirements.

  • 2017 Operating Budget: $3,260,082
  • 2017 Number of FTE Employees: 12.30


The Administration work group provides administrative and financial services to both internal and external customers by administering and providing support to PH+S Department programs and projects. 

  • 2017 Operating Budget: $684,420
  • 2017 Number of FTE Employees: 4.83
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