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

  • Working with our community to define the vision for Boulder’s future;
  • Developing and implementing policies, programs and processes to translate that vision into reality;
  • Collaborating with partners to catalyze action; and
  • Building and nurturing a team of outstanding colleagues and a work environment that cultivates service excellence and continuous improvement.

Planning and Development Services (P&DS)
A service area known as Planning and Development Services (P+DS) coordinates the development-related functions across the Planning and Public Works departments.



The Planning division is made up of Comprehensive Planning, Development Review, Information Resources and the City Design Team.

Comprehensive Planning leads planning and policy development projects and programs, including long range planning, historic preservation, urban design and ecological planning. The division develops and implements the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP), prepares area plans and other special planning efforts, manages the historic preservation program, and coordinates both the urban wildlife management program and integrated pest management program.

Development Review provides project review and zoning administration services for the community and customers. Working with other work groups in the Planning and Development Services Center, the Development Review team 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.

Information Resources provides services that use technology to streamline and automate business functions. These include maintenance of systems that track land management, permitting, licensing, asset management, geographic information systems (GIS), records, research and reporting services. Information Resources also works with customers and staff to make information more readily available in a clear and concise manner.


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