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  • Community Planning and Sustainability
  • Land Use Codes and Regulations
  • Planning, Policy and Design
  • BVCP
  • Historic Preservation Program
  • Economic Vitality
  • Environmental Action
  • IPM
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Boulder Civic Area
  • Boards
  • Energy Future
  • P&DS

Community Planning and Sustainability

Community Planning and Sustainability


The Community Planning and Sustainability (CP&S) Department strives to develop and implement the desired long-term future of the natural and built environments in the City of Boulder by:

  • working with the Boulder community to articulate a shared vision for the city’s future;
  • promoting long-term sustainability and community quality through comprehensive, strategic planning and application of sustainability principles to guide new development and redevelopment in the city;
  • engaging the community to promote education and action for community sustainability; and
  • supporting others in the city organization and community to help carry out their missions in service of the community’s sustainability goals.


The CP&S Department encompasses the following divisions:

  • Development Review;
  • Comprehensive Planning;
  • Local Environmental Action;
  • Administration; and
  • Information Resources.

The department also includes the Economic Vitality program, regional sustainability and urban design efforts, which are housed in the Office of the Executive Director.

A “service area” known as Planning and Development Services (P&DS) coordinates all of the development-related functions across the CP&S and Public Works departments.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $8,450,370
  • 2014 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 47.19


Development Review
The Development Review group provides development review and zoning administration services for the community and P&DS customers, ensuring consistent application of city regulations and policies for both “by-right” and discretionary review projects. The group also coordinates regular updates to the city’s land use code and development regulations.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $1,281,383
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 13

Comprehensive Planning
Comprehensive Planning leads planning and policy development initiatives and ongoing programs in the areas of 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 the Urban Wildlife and Integrated Pest Management programs.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $1,137,200
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 8.4

Local Environmental Action Division
The Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD) develops policies, programs and support services to help Boulder residents and businesses understand and implement energy efficiency and zero waste initiatives. LEAD also supports zero waste and energy efficiency efforts within the city organization and works with key community partners to advance environmental sustainability throughout the Boulder community.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $3,040,149
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 10.75

Office of the Executive Director
The Office of the Executive Director incorporates key leadership, administrative, and coordination functions related to planning and sustainability initiatives. In addition to the executive director and deputy director positions that manage the department’s five divisions and share management of P&DS with Public Works, the office includes the city’s economic vitality positions, the regional sustainability coordinator and senior urban designer.

  • Economic Vitality - The Economic Vitality program works to strengthen and sustain Boulder’s  economic  health  to  benefit  the  overall  quality  of  life  in  the  community. The program coordinates and supports efforts within the city organization and with community partners to nurture and enhance Boulder’s entrepreneurial spirit; including the retention and expansion of existing businesses, enhancement of business services, and incubation of innovative new businesses that build upon and contribute to Boulder’s community values of sustainability, creativity, health and social responsibility.
  • Regional Sustainability - Achieving Boulder’s sustainability goals requires working with partners in the community as well as beyond the city’s borders at the regional, state and national levels. The regional sustainability coordinator leads targeted efforts with key institutional partners to advance sustainability initiatives based on annual work program priorities. In 2013 and 2014, the coordinator has and will continue to serve a central role in work related to Boulder’s Energy Future.
  • Urban Design - The city’s senior urban designer helps support high-quality outcomes in Boulder’s built environment and public spaces, collaborating with the development review and comprehensive planning teams as well as interdepartmental initiatives that shape Boulder’s urban form and public realm.
  • 2014 Operating Budget: $1,506,403
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 6

Administration provides administrative, financial, and communication services to both internal and external customers by managing and providing support to the department’s programs and projects.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $576,481
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 5.46

Information Resources
Information Resources provides services that utilize technology to streamline and automate city business functions. This includes LandLink system administration, geographic information system  (GIS)  services, records, research and reporting services. These services make information more readily available to customers in a clear and concise manner that improves services and assists staff in achieving work plan goals.

  • 2014 Operating Budget: $420,931
  • 2014 Number of FTE Employees: 3.58
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