The Planning Board generally meets on the first and third, and occasionally fourth, Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Below is a summary of their decisions.

Summary of Previous Planning Board Decisions

September 2, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and Concept Plan Review and Comment for the redevelopment of a 2.33-acre parcel that includes the addresses noted below, located primarily at 2504 Spruce Street, with 63 residential units, and an exercise room for residents. The proposal is for a two-phased project. Phase 1 is planned with 16 townhomes and two apartments, two of which are proposed to be on-site affordable units. Phase 2 would include up to 45 apartments of varying sizes and bedroom counts, with six planned as on-site affordable units. Reviewed under case no. LUR2021-00016.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing to:

  1. consider a recommendation to City Council regarding Ordinance 8484 amending Appendix L, “Form-Based Code Areas,” and Appendix M, “Form-Based Code,” of Title 9, “Land Use Code,” B.R.C. 1981, creating a form-based code for the Alpine-Balsam Area, and setting forth related details;
  2. consider initiating a general revision to the city’s zoning map which forms a part of Title 9, “Land Use Code,” B.R.C. 1981, and a recommendation to City Council regarding Ordinance 8485 to adopt a general revision of the city’s zoning map consistent with the land use designation changes adopted in the 2020 Mid-Term Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan; and
  3. consider approval of amendments to the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan Connections Plan to be consistent with the proposed Appendix M, “Form-Based Code,” regulating plan for the Alpine-Balsam Area.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by J. Boone the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Smith absent) to consider this matter and action in the form of the following motion:

  1. initiate a general revision to the city’s zoning map which forms a part of Title 9, “Land Use Code,” B.R.C. 1981, and recommend to City Council adoption of Ordinance 8485 for a general revision of the city’s zoning map consistent with the land use designation changes adopted in the 2020 Mid-Term Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan; and
  1. recommend to City Council adoption of Ordinance 8484 amending Appendix L, “Form-Based Code Areas,” and Appendix M, “Form-Based Code,” of Title 9, “Land Use Code,” B.R.C. 1981, creating a form-based code for the Alpine-Balsam Area, and setting forth related details;
  2. approve amendments to the Alpine-Balsam Connections Plan to be consistent with the proposed Appendix M, “Form-Based Code,” regulating plan for the Alpine-Balsam area.

August 19, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to the City Manager and City Council on the recommended 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 5-1 (J. Gerstle opposed, L. Smith absent) to recommend to the City Manager and City Council the recommended 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), including the list of CIP projects to undergo a Community and Environmental Assessment Process (CEAP), as identified in the staff memorandum.

Friendly Amendment: J. Gerstle offered a friendly amendment that Planning Board should insist on a CEAP study regarding CU South. D. Ensign and P. Vitale did not accept the friendly amendment.

J. Gerstle made a motion to that a CEAP be study done in connection with CU South. There was no second. Motion failed.

August 5, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board action on a request to extend the approval of Use Review application no. LUR2016-00020 for a residential use in an industrial zoning district located at 3289 Airport Road. Velo Condos is a new neighborhood of 70 homes, located in a five-building condominium (for-sale) community comprised of one, two, and three-bedroom homes, and five live-work condominiums. Construction has been completed on the first three, of five buildings, and the applicant has presold 50 percent of the units. The building permits are issued for the final two buildings with construction expected to begin at the end of 2021.

On a motion by L. Montoya seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 5-0 (S. Silver, L. Smith absent) to approve an extension to no. LUR2016-00020 for a period of 36 months from the date of this approval to August 2024, incorporating the staff memorandum as findings of fact.


B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review application to redevelop the property at 3485 Stanford Court with sixty permanently affordable apartments for seniors (age 55+) in one new building. The proposed units include 54 one-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units. The original sanctuary building is proposed to be landmarked and renovated for the existing childcare (Rainbow Childcare Center) on the lower level and new community space for residents on the upper level. The proposal includes a request for an increase in maximum allowable building height to allow a height of 45’-10” for the proposed building. Case No. LUR2020-00052.

On a motion by L. Montoya seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 5-0 (S. Silver, L. Smith absent) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2020-00052, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

Friendly Amendment: J. Gerstle offered a friendly amendment to add the following additional condition: “The pedestrian connections shown on the plans prepared by the Applicant on June 4, 2021, shall not be gated or fenced off and shall be open for use by residents, occupants, visitors, and other pedestrians to ensure safe and convenient pedestrian connections through the property and between properties connected by these connections.” L. Montoya and P. Vitale accepted the friendly amendment.

July 29, 2021

A. CONTINUATION: Continuation of Planning Board’s consideration and recommendation on a petition to annex a 308.15-acre parcel generally known as CU South at 4886 and 5278 Table Mesa Drive; 718 Marshall Road; 0 Hwy 36 (2 parcels); and 4745 W. Moorhead with an initial zoning designation of Public (P) (LUR2019-00010).

On a motion by C. Gray seconded by S. Silver, the Planning Board voted 6-1 (D. Ensign opposed) to recommend that City Council incorporate the following recommendations from the Recommendations Matrix into the CU annexation agreement for consideration.

Friendly Amendment: B. Bowen offered a friendly amendment to include case number LUR2019-00010 in the motion. C. Gray and S. Silver accepted the friendly amendment.

On a motion by C. Gray seconded by S. Silver, the Planning Board voted 6-1 (D. Ensign opposed) to recommend that City Council incorporate the following recommendations from the Recommendations Matrix into the CU annexation agreement LUR2019-00010 for consideration.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by B. Bowen the Planning Board voted 3-4 (S. Silver, J. Boone, J. Gerstle, C. Gray opposed) to recommend to City Council approval of the proposed annexation 4886 and 5278 Table Mesa Drive; 718 Marshall Road; 0 Hwy 36 (2 parcels); and 4745 W. Moorhead with an initial zoning designation of Public (P) pertaining to case number LUR2019-00010, incorporating this staff memorandum as findings of fact, subject to the recommended conditions of approval for the annexation as provided for in the draft annexation agreement in Attachment C, with the additional recommendations that the Planning Board have brought forth consensus in column one in the attached decision matrix.

July 22, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and recommendation on a petition to annex a 308.15-acre parcel generally known as CU South at 4886 and 5278 Table Mesa Drive; 718 Marshall Road; 0 Hwy 36 (2 parcels); and 4745 W. Moorhead with an initial zoning designation of Public (P) (LUR2019-00010).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by S. Silver the Planning Board voted 7-0 to, due to the expected length of the public hearing on CU South, approve a continuance of July 22, 2021 agenda Item 5A (LUR2019- 00010) to a virtual public meeting of the board to be held on July 29, 2021 at 6:00PM. The board agrees to limit clarifying questions to city staff to 30 minutes and clarifying questions to the applicant to 30 minutes each in the July 22, 2021 proceedings, and agrees that any additional questions will be accommodated during board deliberation on agenda item on July 29, 2021.

June 24, 2021

A. CONTINUATION: Planning Board consideration of a combined Site and Use Review application (case no. LUR2020-00063) to develop the 9.87-acre site located at 4775, 4725 and 4649 Spine Road with 230 attached residential units, a cafe, library, art space and community areas, as well as a mobility hub and green space. The Site Review is an amendment to the previously approved Celestial Seasonings Planned Unit Development. A Use Review is required for residential uses within the Industrial – Manufacturing (IM) zoning district. Applicant is seeking to establish Vested Rights per section 9-2-20, B.R.C.1981, for elements of the Site and Use Review plans.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by J. Boone the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Smith absent) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2020-00063 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist and Use Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

With the following modifications to the recommended site review conditions of approval:

A. A new site review condition 3.j. shall be added to read: A final TDM Plan that is revised to require:
(1) That the applicant will contribute $200,000 to fund a first year of a Gunbarrel Shuttle provided the shuttle is established no later than 3 years (instead of 18 months) after issuance of the last certificate of occupancy for the development; and

(2) That the Applicant provide BECO and NECO passes or a city approved equivalent and pay the cost of providing these passes to employees and residents, including all new tenants, for a period of five years (instead of 3 years) following issuance of a certificate of occupancy for each dwelling unit.

B. Revise site review condition 5 by replacing “three” with “five” years.

C. Add a new site review condition 7 to read: No fences shall be constructed, with the exception of the pool area, around the shared open space areas shown on the approved plans that would prevent access to the open spaces.

Additionally, though not a condition for approval, the board acknowledges the commitment of the applicant to apply covenants on the affordable non-residential spaces (currently planned for the café and library spaces) on this site to assure that they are available for the benefit of the community without a base rent charge in perpetuity.

On a motion by J. Boone seconded by S. Silver the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Smith absent) to recommend to City Council that Gunbarrel be a top priority for Subcommunity Planning.

June 17, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of a combined Site and Use Review application (case no. LUR2020-00063) to develop the 9.87-acre site located at 4775, 4725 and 4649 Spine Road with 230 attached residential units, a cafe, library, art space and community areas, as well as a mobility hub and green space. The Site Review is an amendment to the previously approved Celestial Seasonings Planned Unit Development. A Use Review is required for residential uses within the Industrial – Manufacturing (IM) zoning district. Applicant is seeking to establish Vested Rights per section 9-2-20, B.R.C.1981, for elements of the Site and Use Review plans.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Montoya absent) to approve a continuance of board deliberation on City of Boulder Planning Board June 17, 2021 agenda item 5A (case no. LUR2020-00063) following the public hearing tonight to a second regular meeting of the to be held on June 24, 2021. The public hearing for this item will be closed before the continuance takes effect.

June 3, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and recommendation to City Council regarding a draft ordinance, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code,” by implementing Phase 2 of the Community Benefit project by adding below market rate non-residential uses as options associated with requests for additional height or floor area in specified areas and setting forth details in relation thereto.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Montoya the Planning Board voted 7-0 to have staff prepare an Ordinance that extends the Appendix J map expiration date to the effective date of Jan. 1, 2022.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 7-0 that when Appendix J sunsets, new code language will exclude lower density residential and other zones from the community benefit program where requests for additional height and floor area would not be expected or appropriate considering the lower intensity context. The zones that would be excluded from the program are Rural - Residential (RR), Residential - Estate (RE), Residential – Low (RL), Residential – Mixed (RMX), Business – Transitional (BT), Mobile Home (MH) and Agriculture (A) zones.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 2-5 (S. Silver, L. Montoya, L. Smith, J. Boone, J. Gerstle opposed) to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8469, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code,” by implementing Phase 2 of the Community Benefit project by adding below market rate non-residential uses as options associated with requests for additional height or floor area in specified areas and setting forth details in relation thereto.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 5-2 (L. Smith, D. Ensign opposed) to highlight Planning Board's concerns on the proposed Phase 2 Community Benefit Ordinance. Planning Board supports the idea of a Community Benefit focused on affordable commercial space in exchange for additional height and floor area. However, we had concerns with the proposal brought to us as Ordinance 8469 including:

  1. The complexity of the proposal.
  2. A lack of adequate data on several issues: potential outcomes for the city in terms of actual affordable space created; additional market rate commercial space created; an analysis of the cost benefit for both the city and a developer; consequences for the funds available for affordable housing.
  3. A desire to see alternative ideas pursued such as an evergreen fund that would capture the value of built space over time. This could be an alternative to cash-in-lieu and exit ramp fees.
  4. The absence of a criteria to assure appropriate onsite location of affordable space.
  5. The need for a holistic approach to discount rent from a gross perspective rather than a net perspective.
  6. A lack of community input on proposed density and intensity changes.
  7. A desire to narrow the scope of eligible organizations to best advance the community needs including our racial equity goals.
  8. Concern that the additional market rate commercial space generated by this program would further exacerbate the jobs housing imbalance.

May 20, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Concept Plan Review and Comment for the redevelopment of a 9.27-acre property located at 3320 28th St., and 3265 and 3267 30th Street as a mixed-use development that includes ground floor retail along 28th Street and the proposed Street “A” along with ground floor amenity space with upper story workforce and permanently affordable apartments. There are two options proposed: the first option includes 177 workforce apartments within five buildings and with 9,942 sf of amenity space, a shared deck and a clubhouse, and 58 permanently affordable apartments. The second option matches the first but includes additional residential units with approximately 195 workforce apartments and 64 permanently affordable apartments; it also includes a fourth story on one of the buildings with an additional roof deck. Reviewed under case no. LUR2021-00011.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

May 6, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of Site Review Amendment for a new 11,534 square foot dining and commons building located on the campus of the Boulder Country Day School at 4820 Nautilus Court North. The Applicant is seeking a 62% parking reduction. Case No. LUR2019-00071.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2019-00071, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Nonconforming Use Review to permit renovation and reconfiguration of an existing three-story, 18,469 square foot, 24-unit apartment building at 1024 Marine Street into two, interconnected buildings and 18 attached dwelling units with a new ground floor common area. The existing building and site are nonconforming to density, open space and parking. Reviewed under case #LUR2020‑00020.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to deny Use Review application #LUR2020-00020, adopting the staff memorandum as findings of fact, including the attached analysis of review criteria.

April 15, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of the following related to the Shining Mountain Waldorf School properties located at 999 Violet Ave., 1100 Violet Ave., 1101 Union Ave., 1179 Union Ave., 0 Locust Ave., 934 Locust Ave., and 4395 Broadway:

  1. Action on a Site Review application for the consolidation and redevelopment of the school facilities; and redevelopment of the remaining properties with attached and detached dwelling units subject to design guidelines (LUR2019‑00068);
  2. Action on a Use Review application to amend the existing use review and update the management plan for the Private School use within the Residential – Low 1 (RL-1) and Residential Low- 2 (RL-2) zoning districts (LUR2020-00026);
  3. Recommendation to City Council on the proposed Annexation Agreement Amendment for 4395 Broadway to remove the two-story maximum above basement limitation on buildings (LUR2020-00050).
  4. Recommendation to City Council on the proposed disposal of vacated 9th Street right-of-way located between Locust Ave. and Cherry Ave. on the east side of Foothills Community Park and quitclaiming of said vacated 9th Street by the City to Waldorf School Association of Boulder, Inc.

    The Applicant is seeking to establish Vested Rights per section 9-2-20(b)(1), B.R.C.1981, for elements of the site and use review plans.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2019-00068 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Use Review case no. LUR2020-00026 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Use Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 5-2 (J. Boone, L. Montoya opposed) to recommend approval of the Annexation Agreement Amendment for 4395 Broadway to remove the requirement for a two-story maximum above basement limitation on buildings.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the disposal of vacated 9th Street right-of-way located between Locust Ave. and Cherry Ave. on the east side of Foothills Community Park and conveyance by the City to Waldorf School Association of Boulder, Inc. of said vacated 9th street right-of-way, with a reservation to the City of the easements described in the staff memorandum.

April 1, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Concept Plan Review and Comment on a proposed expansion of the Ball Aerospace campus located at 1600 Commerce Street and 5001 Arapahoe Avenue within the Industrial – General (IG) zoning district. The proposal includes an expansion of approximately 393,000 square feet, a new parking garage and two new administrative buildings, including a pedestrian bridge crossing Commerce Street.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and recommendation to City Council regarding Ordinance 8453, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code,” by extending the Appendix J, “Areas Where Height Modifications May be Considered” map expiration date from May 31, 2021 to August 31, 2021 and to add Diagonal Plaza and the Ball Aerospace sites to the map as areas where height modifications may be considered.

Original and 1st Motion: D. Ensign, seconded by L. Smith, moved to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8453, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code, by extending the Appendix J, “Areas Where Height Modifications May be Considered” map expiration date from May 31, 2021 to August 31, 2021 and to add Diagonal Plaza and the Ball Aerospace to the map as areas where a height modification may be considered.

Friendly amendment: S. Silver offered a friendly amendment to remove “add Diagonal Plaza” from the motion. D. Ensign did not accept the friendly amendment.

Motion to Amend: On a motion by S. Silver, seconded by J. Gerstle, Planning Board voted 4-3 (D. Ensign, L. Smith, P. Vitale opposed ) to amend the original motion to read that Planning Board to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8453, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code, by extending the Appendix J, “Areas Where Height Modifications May be Considered” map expiration date from May 31, 2021 to August 31, 2021 and to add Ball Aerospace to the map as an areas where a height modification may be considered, by removing “add Diagonal Plaza”.

Amended Motion: Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8453, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code, by extending the Appendix J, “Areas Where Height Modifications May be Considered” map expiration date from May 31, 2021 to August 31, 2021 and to add the Ball Aerospace to the map as an areas where a height modification may be considered.

2nd Motion: On a motion by D. Ensign, seconded by L. Smith, Planning Board voted 3-4 (J. Boone, S. Silver, J. Gerstle, L. Montoya opposed) to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8453, which proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code, by extending the Appendix J, “Areas Where Height Modifications May be Considered” map expiration date from May 31, 2021 to August 31, 2021 and to add Diagonal Plaza to the map as areas where a height modification may be considered.

March 18, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of a combined Site and Use Review application to redevelop 1.45-acre site with a 189-room hotel, along with retail and small-scale office located generally at 1313 Broadway (case no. LUR2020-00040).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by S. Silver the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site and Use Review case no. LUR2020-00040, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum and adding the following conditions:

Add the following to Site Review condition 2:

  • The final plans shall be revised to show the privacy wall on the western Property line to include additional design details using hard coat stucco finish on the west side of that wall to create a more interesting pedestrian experience.
  • The final plans shall show a gate for safety concerns near the north edge of the alley between the privacy wall and the hotel as far south to not impede truck movement.
  • The outdoor lighting plan shall include lighting of the path connecting the alley with Pleasant Street for pedestrian safety.

    Add a 3rd Use Review condition to read:
    3. Prior to a building permit application for the new buildings, the Applicant shall submit, subject to review and approval by the City Manager, a revised Alley Management Plan that shall include good faith efforts by the applicant to coordinate deliveries and other services provided through the alley with neighboring property owners, managers, and tenants so as to avoid conflicts between deliveries and other services provided to the properties served by the alley.

    Add a 4th Use Review condition to read:
    4. Prior to a building permit application for the new buildings, the plans shall be revised, subject to review and approval of the City Manager, to show the hot tub on the east side of the hot tub deck and planting and screening on the west side of the deck.

    Add a 5th Use Review condition to read:
    5. Prior to a building permit application for a new building, the management plan shall be revised to provide property management be present on the Property 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

March 4, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of the following items relating to the 14.88-acre site at 5801 and 5847 Arapahoe Avenue:
1. Site Review application to develop the site with 317 residential units and approximately 15,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space for office, retail, and restaurant uses. The proposal includes constructing ten buildings surrounding a loop drive, with one access from Arapahoe Avenue. Four hundred twenty-one parking spaces are proposed, where 439 spaces are required (4.1% parking reduction). The development includes 25% permanently affordable housing. The proposal requires review by Planning Board for the request for an increase in maximum allowable building height for three buildings (case no. LUR2019-00021).

2. Use Review application to allow for the following uses as part of the redevelopment of the site: residential uses within the IG zone district; professional, technical, or other offices within the RH-4 zone district; convenience retail sales within the RH-4 zone district; and a restaurant, brewpub, or tavern within the RH-4 zone district with 144 indoor and 50 outdoor seats (case no. LUR2019-00022).

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2019-00021 and Use Review case no. LUR2019-00022, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum with one change:

Condition 4.b. There shall be no amplified sound on the outdoor patio after 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and no amplified sound on the outdoor patio after 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

February 18, 2021

CONTINUATION: Continuation of Planning Board’s consideration of a Nonconforming Use Review for the historic restoration and conversion of the former Marpa House group living quarters at 891 12th Street into 16 three-bedroom dwelling units with a maximum occupancy of 48 persons. The project site is zoned Residential - Low 1 (RL-1). Case No. LUR2020-00022.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Use Review application #LUR2020-00022, adopting the staff memoranda as findings of fact, including the attached analysis of review criteria, and subject to the recommended conditions of approval found in the staff memorandum for the Board’s February 18, 2021 meeting with the following changes:

  1. Revise 4.a.ii. to require each tenant to disclose in their parking agreement the motor vehicle license plate, make, model, and type of each vehicle they own or use, and that if a parking space is assigned, the agreement shall record the motor vehicle plate, make, model, and type of the vehicle for which a parking space is assigned.
  2. Change language in all conditions (4.a.vii., b, and e) referring to “5 business days” to “2 business days.”
  3. Change language in 4.a.i. from “no more than 8 motor vehicles” to “no more than 12 motor vehicles” spaces.
  4. Quiet hours: begin 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 pm Friday and Saturday and shall end 7 am on weekdays, and 8 am on weekends.
  5. Delete in 4.b. “Tenants who are present are responsible for the noise generated within the dwelling unit.”
  6. Revise 4.f to require that safety inspection shall occur “at least annually,” instead of “each August.”
  7. Revise 5 to add the term “long-term residents,” after “University,”

D. Ensign friendly motion to change “and subject to the recommended conditions of approval found in the staff memorandum for the Board’s February 18, 2021 meeting” to “and subject to the prior recommended and possible new conditions of approval found in the staff memorandum for the Board’s February 18, 2021 meeting.” H. Zuckerman accepted.

PUBLIC HEARING
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AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of a Site and Use Review application (#LUR2020-00038) to redevelop the property located at 2727 29th Street with a proposed 100% on-site permanently affordable housing development, consisting of 100 attached dwelling units, with on-site leasing office and small community space, and associated site improvements. Use Review approval is necessary for attached dwelling units located along the ground floor facing a street in the Business Main Street (BMS) zone district.

On a motion by L. Montoya seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review and Use Review case no. LUR2020-00038, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

February 4, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Rezoning of the property addressed 3303 and 3305 Broadway from Public (P) to Residential - Mixed 2 (RMX-2) and adjacent rights-of-way to bring property into compliance with the underlying Mixed Density Residential (MXR) land use designation on the land use map of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP). Case no. LUR2020-00037.

On a motion by L. Smith seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 5-0 (L. Montoya, S. Silver absent) to recommend to City Council approval of the application to rezone 1.3 acres of land located at 3303 and 3305 Broadway from the Public (P) zone district to Residential - Mixed 2 (RMX-2).


B. AGENDA TITLE: Concept Plan review and comment for a redevelopment of the property located at 770 28th, the existing Boulder Best Western Motel, into a mixed-use project with 90 to 95 student apartment units along with ground level restaurant or coffee shop use, common areas, and below grade parking; along with landscape and shared open space improvements to the site and the existing office building located on the east end of the property at 777 29th Street. The existing five‑story office building will remain. Reviewed under case LUR2020-00060.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

January 21, 2021

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Nonconforming Use Review for the historic restoration and conversion of the former Marpa House group living quarters at 891 12th Street into 16 three-bedroom dwelling units with a maximum occupancy of 48 persons. The project site is zoned Residential - Low 1 (RL-1). Case No. LUR2020-00022.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 6-1 (J. Gerstle opposed) to continue Use Review application #LUR2020-00022, to February 18, 2021.

December 17, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Concept Plan Review for a new two-story fire station at 2751 30th Street. The first floor includes an apparatus bay with four drive through bays and associated support spaces along with Fire Administration offices and a public Community Room. The second floor is proposed to house the living spaces for firefighters, 12 bunk rooms, and a roof patio. The site includes secure parking for firefighters and public parking for Administration staff and public visitors. The site also includes the proposed Bluff Street Extension and rear public alley. Vehicular access to the site will be from the Bluff Street Extension. Fire apparatus will respond to calls from 30th Street. Reviewed under case LUR2020-00043.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

December 3, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and Planning Board consideration of Land Use Map, Planning Areas Map, policy, and text changes as part of the 2020 Mid-Term Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Maps indicating where the proposed changes the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan are located and a description of each change can be found on the project website.

​On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve the Land Use Map and Planning Areas Map changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as shown and described in the staff memo and in Attachments A – C and E – G.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 6-1 (J. Gerstle opposed) to approve the Land Use Map and Planning Areas Map changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as shown and described in the staff memo and in Attachment D.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by L. Montoya the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve the Land Use Map and Planning Areas Map changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as shown and described in the staff memo and in Attachments H and I, excepting H(4).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by S. Silver the Planning Board voted 6-0 (J. Gerstle recused) to approve the Land Use Map and Planning Areas Map changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as shown and described in the staff memo and in Attachments H(4).

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve the policy and text changes to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as shown and described in Attachment J. In addition, to preserve Boulder’s industrial land use and industrial areas for the sake of the city’s diversity, sustainability, and resilience as a community, Planning Board approves a policy change whereby the word “light” is deleted in Policy 2.21 where it appears before the word “industrial.”

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by S. Silver the Planning Board voted 7-0 that Planning Board recognizes that several of the proposed mid-term BVCP changes positively address the jobs/housing imbalance and affordability, however they may have the side-effect of reducing the development opportunity for industrial uses. Planning Board recommends that the city prioritize a study of recent and future status and trends in city-wide industrial zoning inventory, potentially informed by the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan, to assure that we can better understand the ramifications of such land-use changes.

November 5, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a request to determine if the restaurant use River and Woods, located at 2328 Pearl St., is in compliance with its development agreement executed for Nonconforming Use Review LUR2015-00087. This request is considered pursuant to Section 9-2-11, “Compliance With Development Agreement,” B.R.C. 1981. (case LUR2020-00041.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 7-0 to find that the conditions of the development agreement for approval #LUR2015-00087 have not been met, adopting the staff memorandum and its attachments as findings of fact.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 6-1 (J. Gerstle opposed) imposes the following additional conditions to carry out the purposes of the original approval with the following recommended conditions:

  1. There shall be no amplified sound in the backyard outdoor area except as specified below.
  2. Live music performances in the backyard outdoor area shall be limited to unamplified or amplified acoustic instruments and vocals, no more than three days per week (which would constitute “periodic” music as stated in the previously approved management plan), and no more than a total of three hours per day. The live music shall end no later than 9:00 p.m.
  3. Pre-recorded music during operation hours will be allowed but must be shut off no later than 9:00 p.m.
  4. The site design and the restaurant operation shall be consistent per the approved plans for the use, except that the current site plan may be temporarily operated pursuant to a permit approved under COVID-19 emergency orders.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of a motion to amend the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan (NBSP) by adoption of a refined streetscape plan for North Broadway in the commercial area to reflect direction recommended in the public process for the North Broadway Reconstruction Project.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Montoya the Planning Board voted 7-0 to amend the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan (NBSP) by adoption of a refined streetscape plan for North Broadway in the commercial area to reflect the direction recommended in the public process for the North Broadway Reconstruction Project.

October 22, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW for redevelopment of the property located at 1820 15th Street, Grace Commons Church (formerly known as First Presbyterian Church) for an addition to the existing church campus along with the redevelopment of the site referred as the church “annex” located at 1603 Walnut Street. Proposed on the main church campus is demolition of an existing addition and construction of new building area for a total of approximately 104,873 square feet on the campus. Planned uses include assembly and recreation space, along with meeting rooms, with building height up to 49 feet. Proposed at the annex property at 1603 Walnut Street is a new four-story, 55-foot tall mixed use building with ground floor non-residential uses including church assembly space, a small café, and ground floor parking, along with 30 permanently affordable residential units on the second and third floors, and an event space and deck on the fourth floor. Reviewed under case LUR2020-00033.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

September 24, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review Amendment to the Twenty Ninth Street Shopping Center to adaptively reuse and redesign the existing Macy’s department store located at 1900 28th Street in the Business – Regional 1 (BR-1) zoning district as an office and retail building; reviewed under case no. LUR2018-00075. The proposal requires review by Planning Board because it includes a modification to the principal building height and the applicant has requested Vested Rights.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 4-3 (J. Gerstle, S. Silver, L. Montoya opposed) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2018-00075 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

September 3, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review to redevelop the 9,833 square-foot (0.225 acre) property at 1629 17th Street with six attached dwelling units in the RH-2 (Residential – High 2) zoning district (LUR2018-00034).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Montoya absent) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2018-00034 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

August 27, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review application (case LUR2020 ‑00008) for the redevelopment of the site located at 2400 and 2450 Central Avenue with an approximately 144,500 square foot, two story office building within the Flatiron Industrial Business Park and Industrial General (IG) Zoning District. The proposal also includes parking, landscaping, and access improvements for other adjacent and commonly owned properties of 2300, 2465, 2545, 2590, and 5797 Central Avenue. A seven percent parking reduction is requested.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2020-00008 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and recommendation to City Council on an ordinance that proposes amendments to the city’s land use code to fix mistakes, clarify existing code sections, update graphics, and improve the readability of the code.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that City Council adopt Ordinance 8409, that proposes to amend Title 9, “Land Use Code, and Section 2-3-12, “Board of Zoning Adjustment and Building Appeals,” B.R.C.1981, to clean up and clarify the Land Use Code and related code sections.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 7-0 motion to further recommend to City Council to consider in the future a substantial change to the public notification requirements for development review processes 9-4-3(a) Table 4-2 to include all residents within 600 feet of subject property.

August 20, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to City Council on the proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend to City Council the 2021-2026 proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP), including the list of CIP projects to undergo a Community and Environmental Assessment Process, as outlined in the staff memorandum. Furthermore, in light of diversity being a core value and a sustainability principle in the Comp Plan, which Plan also contains policies promoting inclusiveness, resilience, environmental purchasing, and sustainable business practices that call for purchasing of local products and services, Planning Board recommends that City Council explore Code and other legislative changes to encourage procurement from and contracting with local businesses, minority owned businesses, women owned businesses, and disadvantaged business enterprises.


B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board consideration of the following items relating to the 2.84-acre property at 4540 Broadway (North Boulder Branch Library):

1) Consideration of a Site Review application to develop the site with a 13,010 square foot public branch library, including an east-west street connection between 13th and 14th Streets, surface parking lot with 30 spaces, and associated site improvements (#LUR2019-00043).

2) Consideration of a Use Review application for a governmental facility (public library) on the site, which requires Use Review approval to operate in the BMS, RM-2, and MU-2 zone districts (#LUR2019 00048).

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by L. Montoya the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2019-00043 and Use Review case no. LUR2019-00048, incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached criteria checklists as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.


July 30, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of the 2150 Folsom Subdivision (TEC2020-00009): Final Plat to combine an existing lot, tracts, and vacated alley right-of-way into one lot 27,506 square-foot lot and dedicate easements.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Technical Document Review case no. TEC2020-00009 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Review Criteria Checklist found in Attachment B as findings of fact, and subject to the recommended condition of approval and taking into account the correction as described during the presentation tonight with regard to parcel ownership.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review application (case no. LUR2019‑00058) for the redevelopment of the properties at 1750 15th St. and 1680 Canyon Blvd. with a 148,820 square foot three-story mixed-use building containing 14,048 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 147 residential units on the garden, first, second, and third levels. Development includes one level of underground parking with 102 vehicular and 27 moped/motorcycle parking spaces.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case no. LUR2019-00058 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum, with the following language to replace Condition #8:

The Applicant shall establish an Alternative Transportation Fund which, every year, shall provide funds of no less than $50 per dwelling unit for the 147 dwelling units in the new building to support transportation alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle. The dollar amount set forth in the foregoing sentence shall be adjusted on the first day of every fourth year in accordance with any increase in the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics final consumer price index for the Denver-Boulder consolidated metropolitan statistical area for the preceding calendar year. Prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the new building, and upon every quadrennial adjustment to ensure that the Fund continues to support transportation alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle, the Applicant shall submit a plan for the management of the fund, subject to review and approval of the City Manager.

July 16, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of the following requests related to a site at 5600 Airport Blvd.:

1) Recommendation on an application to annex a 4.87-acre parcel at 0 Airport Blvd. and a 1.03-acre parcel at 0 Valmont Drive with initial zoning designations of Industrial General (IG) and Public (P) (LUR2018-00059).

2) Site Review for the construction of a 111,645 square foot research office and laboratory building on an existing industrial campus. The building would be 3 stories and 45-feet in height. Two hundred thirty-one parking spaces to be provided in surface parking and on an elevated parking deck (LUR2018‑00060).

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend to City Council approval of the proposed annexation with initial zoning of Industrial General (IG) and Public (P) for 0 Airport Blvd. and 0 Valmont Dr. pertaining to case number LUR2018-00059, incorporating this staff memorandum as findings of fact, subject to the recommended conditions of approval for the annexation as provided for in the draft annexation agreement forwarded to the Board on July 16, 2020.

On a motion by L. Smith seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve Site Review case number LUR2018-00060 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

June 25, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review to redevelop the properties at 1727 and 1737 Pearl Street with a 28,222 square foot three-story mixed-use building containing 9,439 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 14 residential units on the second and third floors (case no. LUR2018-00073). Development includes one level of underground parking with 14 vehicular parking spaces.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 5-2 (S. Silver, J. Gerstle opposed) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2018-00073 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

June 18, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW AND COMMENT: Request for citizen, staff, and Planning Board input on a proposal to redevelop the property at 3485 Stanford Court to include 60 permanently affordable apartments for seniors (age 55+) and maintain the existing childcare facility on site. Case number LUR2020-00019.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

June 4, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW for an approximately 5.5-acre property at 5691 South Boulder Road in advance of a future annexation application. The concept is illustrated with four new single-family lots and remodeling of an existing single-family home at the east end of the site. Reviewed under case no. LUR2020-00014.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

B. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW for property located at 2727 29th Street. Proposed concept plan for a new 100% on-site permanently affordable housing development, consisting of 100 attached dwelling units (mix of unit sizes will range from studio to 2-bedroom), with on-site leasing office and small community space. Reviewed under case no. LUR2020-00011.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

May 28, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and motion on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Mid-Term Update screening process for amendments to the plan from members of the community and staff-initiated amendments to receive further consideration.

On a motion by D. Ensign, seconded by S. Silver, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to further consider and analyze the following land use map amendments proposed by members of the public for Area I properties:

  • 1590 Hillside Road and adjacent properties – (request #2)
  • 3015-3055 47th Street (request #5) and consider a designation that would allow expansion of uses beyond existing
  • 1345 S. Broadway (request #7) and consider the opportunity for mixed use given the parcel’s proximity to public schools and gateway to South Boulder

On a motion by D. Ensign, seconded by H. Zuckerman, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to conduct further analysis of the amendments outlined by staff in this memo that reflect recent adopted policy direction and including the Gunbarrel Odell Road proposal for affordable housing.

On a motion by D. Ensign, seconded by H. Zuckerman, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that City Council prioritize the following work items on the City Planning Department work plan:

1) Implement a Neighborhood Infill Pilot Project as outlined in the 2015 Major Update to the BVCP as a near-term project,

2) Prioritize TVAP Phase 2,

3) Prioritize Gunbarrel Subcommunity Planning,

4) Prioritize Diagonal Plaza Area Planning.

May 21, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN REVIEW AND COMMENT: Request for citizen, staff, and Planning Board input on a proposal to develop three vacant lots at 4775 and 4649 Spine Road totaling 9.8 acres with a new residential development with 268 residential units in ten buildings. The development is proposed to include 25 percent permanently affordable housing (68 units) on the southernmost lot. Proposed residential units consist of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments. Case number LUR2020-00003.

On a motion by D. Ensign, seconded by S. Silver, the Planning Board voted 7-0 that the notice defect does not impair surrounding property owner’s ability to participate in the public review process.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and motion on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Mid-Term Update screening process for amendments to the plan from members of the community and staff-initiated amendments to receive further consideration.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman, seconded by J. Gerstle, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to continue Item 5B until the next Planning Board meeting on May 28, 2020.

May 7, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Use Review for the expansion of an existing daycare use (“Children's Alley”) at 2222 14th Street within the Residential - Mixed 1 (RMX-1) district. The proposal is to convert office space into two additional classrooms and larger kitchen. The hours of operation will remain the same, but the number of employees and children will increase to a maximum of 23 employees and 49 children. Case no. LUR2020-00017.

On a motion by J. Gerstle seconded by L. Smith the Planning Board voted 6-0 (S. Silver recused) to approve Land Use Review no. LUR2020-00017 incorporating the staff memorandum as findings of fact and subject to the recommended conditions of approval.

February 27, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and Planning Board recommendation to the city manager on a request for occupancy higher than 12 persons for an existing not-for-profit permanently affordable cooperative housing unit (“Ingram Court Community Housing”) at 4662 Ingram Court. The proposed occupancy for the property is 16 persons. Case no. CHL2019-00004.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by B. Bowen the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend to the city manager to authorize an occupancy of 16 persons at the Ingram Court Community Housing cooperative housing unit, incorporating this staff memorandum as findings of fact.

B. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN & REVIEW for a redevelopment of the property located at 1313 Broadway. Proposed is a 198-room hotel along with ground floor retail, co-working office space, plaza space and below grade parking within the University Hill Business District. Reviewed under case no. LUR2020-00004.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

February 6, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public Hearing and Recommendation to City Council for Acceptance of the Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan and Action on the Proposed Amendment to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan Summary.

On a motion by B. Bowen seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Montoya absent) to recommend to City Council acceptance of the Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan.

Friendly amendment by H. Zuckerman to add policy language that celebrates the diversity of BFR’s workforce and commits to maintaining a commitment to such diversity. B. Bowen accepted. The board voted 6-0 (L. Montoya absent).

On a motion by B. Bowen seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 6-0 (L. Montoya absent) to approve of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, Boulder Fire-Rescue Master Plan Summary.

On a motion by S. Silver seconded by B. Bowen to recommend City Council approve this plan and support the action plan and vision plan. 5-1 (J. Gerstle opposed, L. Montoya absent).

January 23, 2020

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to city council regarding amendments to the medium density overlay zone.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by B. Bowen the Planning Board voted 6-1 (J. Gerstle opposed) to recommend to city council elimination of the medium density overlay zone from the University Hill area.

December 5, 2019

A. AGENDA TITLE: CONCEPT PLAN & REVIEW for a redevelopment of the site at 2400 and 2450 Central. Proposed is a new office building along with improved internal connectivity between the contiguously owned properties of 2300, 2400, 2450, 2465, 2545, 2590 and 5797 Central Avenue along with the addition of bicycle parking, adjustments to exiting parking, and improvements to drainage, water quality, lighting and landscaping. No modifications to the land use code are requested. Reviewed under case no. LUR2019-00061.

Since this is a Concept Review, no action is required on behalf of the Planning Board.

November 21, 2019

A. CONTINUATION ITEM: Continuation from November 7, 2019, Planning Board meeting: Consideration of a Site and Use Review (LUR2019-00042) proposal to eliminate an existing residential use and establish a restaurant, “Snarf’s Sandwiches,” use at 1852 Arapahoe Avenue. The total square footage of the tenant space is 2,275 square feet with 60 interior seats and 12 exterior seats on the 215 square foot outdoor patio. The proposal includes the consideration of a 65% parking reduction for 7 spaces where 20 are required.

On a motion by D. Ensign seconded by L. Montoya the Planning Board voted 7-0 to approve the Site and Use Reviews under case no. LUR2019-00042, subject to the recommended conditions of approval found in the November 21, 2019 staff memorandum and adopting the Findings of Fact incorporated into the November 21, 2019 staff memorandum and adding an additional condition that outdoor music be stopped at 9:00 p.m. as part of the Good Neighbor Plan.

B. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and recommendation to City Council on an ordinance amending Title 9, “Land Use Code”, to clarify Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) standards, including ADU occupancy standards, and to update the roof-pitch standards for detached ADUs greater than 20 feet and up to 25 feet in height to allow the conversion of existing accessory buildings to ADUs.

On a motion by B. Bowen seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that City Council approve an ordinance, as generally shown in Attachment A, to update the ADU standards.

Friendly amendment by H. Zuckerman to further recommend the following additional changes:

  1. To remove the architectural design standard for the detached accessory dwelling units found in 9-6-3 (a)(3)(C)(iii)(c);
  2. Changing 9-8-5 (d) to include “and their accessory dwelling units, if any” after “All such dwelling units…”;
  3. Add a provision that states “Notwithstanding owner occupancy requirements elsewhere in the code, cooperative housing units may have ADUs”; and
  4. All the residents of a cooperative housing unit with an ADU in both the cooperative housing unit and the accessory dwelling unit need to be members of that cooperative.

B. Bowen accepted. The board voted 7-0.

On a motion by J. Gerstle, seconded by H. Zuckerman, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend that consideration be taken that the potential abuse of ADUs in Boulder to be turned into condominiums and effective subdivisions be studied and considered.

November 7, 2019

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site and Use Review (LUR2019-00042) proposal to eliminate an existing residential use and establish a restaurant, “Snarf’s Sandwiches”, use at 1852 Arapahoe Avenue. The total square footage of the tenant space is 2,275 square feet with 60 interior seats and 12 exterior seats on the 215 square foot outdoor patio. The proposal includes the consideration of a 65% parking reduction for 7 spaces where 20 are required.

On a motion by B. Bowen, seconded by D. Ensign, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to continue LUR2019-00042 Site Use Review for 1852 Arapahoe Avenue until the next Planning Board meeting on November 21, 2019.

B, AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing to consider a recommendation to City Council to update Chapter 2 and some sidewalk/ramp standard details of the City of Boulder Design and Construction Standards.

On a motion by B. Bowen, seconded by H. Zuckerman, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the proposed revisions to the DCS to the City Council.

Friendly amendment by H. Zuckerman to further recommend that City Council consider increasing minimum sidewalk widths in general and, in particular, increasing the Residential Street Sidewalk width (found in Table 2-13: Residential Design Standards) from 4’ to 5’. Under Section 2.09 (C)(2)(a), the criteria for alternative design, Planning Board recommends that it be amended to read “Streets shall be designed with due attention to building spacing and setbacks, green spaces, attractive materials, plantings and landscaping, as well as pedestrian safety, utility, multimodal use and walkability, and alternative designs.” B. Bowen accepted. The board voted 7-0.

On a motion by B. Bowen, seconded by S. Silver, the Planning Board voted 7-0 to recommend to City Council to consider the “Twenty is Plenty” movement and to reduce the speed limit within the city limits from 25 mph to 20 mph.

October 17, 2019

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Use Review to allow “personal service” and “professional office” uses within an existing, approximately 3,704 square-foot office building at 954 North Street within the RH-5 (Residential – High 5) zoning district. This proposal is to allow personal services uses in addition to the existing professional offices currently in the building and is reviewed under case no. LUR2019-00025.

On a motion by P. Vitale seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 5-0 (D. Ensign, L. Montoya absent) to approve Land Use Review No. LUR2019-00025 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached analysis of use review criteria as findings of fact and subject to the recommended conditions of approval.

B. AGEND TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a Site Review to redevelop a 1.6-acre property at 1665 33rd Street with a congregate care facility with 106 permanently affordable residential units (100 one-bedroom units and 6 two-bedroom units) (case no. LUR2018-00050). The proposed development includes common dining, social, and recreational features and the provision of social services for residents. The proposal requires review by Planning Board for request for an increase in maximum allowable building height.

On a motion by P. Vitale seconded by J. Gerstle the Planning Board voted 5-0 (D. Ensign, L. Montoya absent) to approve Site Review case no. LUR2018-00050 incorporating the staff memorandum and the attached Site Review Criteria Checklist as findings of fact, and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

C. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and consideration of a recommendation to the City Council regarding a proposed ordinance amending Title 10, “Structures,” B.R.C. 1981 by adopting and modifying international codes regarding property maintenance, rental licenses, building, electrical, energy conservation, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, fire, wildland, mechanical, fuel gas, and plumbing; adopting the 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code; and setting forth related details.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by B. Bowen the Planning Board voted 5-0 (D. Ensign, L. Montoya absent) to recommends approvals of proposed amendments to BRC 1981, Title 10, including adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes and the 2020 City of boulder Energy Conservation Code. Planning Board further recommends the following changes related to tiny homes:

  1. That BRC 1981, 9-13-5 Livability Standards, under the Inclusionary Housing chapter of the Code, be amended such that dwelling units that are permitted under Residential Code Appendix Q, Tiny Houses, and which are also permanently affordable under the City’s IH program, not be required to meet all of the Livability Standards; and
  1. That the Tiny Houses code be modified to require that tiny houses be set on fixed foundations and be served by fixed utilities.

October 3, 2019

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing to consider Form-Based Code (FBC) Review application no. LUR2019-00028 for the second sequence of redevelopment for the 30Pearl site located generally at 3001 Pearl Parkway on the former Pollard Motors Company site. Application includes eight total buildings: three mixed use buildings referred to as 1A, 1B and 1C with a combined 76 dwelling units and first floor non-residential retail or restaurant uses, below grade parking; attached residential buildings 3A and 3B with 62 dwelling units; two townhome buildings A and B with 10 dwelling units total; and residential building 4N with 29 dwelling units. Also proposed is a 0.52-acre city pocket park. The initial sequence of redevelopment for the property, with 120 permanently affordable residential units, was approved under a separate Form Based Code review in April 2019.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman and seconded by D. Ensign the Planning Board voted 6-0 (B. Bowen recused) to approve Form-Based Code Review application no. LUR2019-00028, adopting the staff memorandum with attachments as findings of fact and subject to the conditions of approval recommended in the staff memorandum.

September 24, 2019 - Joint Meeting with City Council

A. AGENDA ITEM: Consideration of a motion to adopt the Alpine-Balsam Area Plan. Planning Board will deliberate and consider a motion for adoption following the public hearing on September 24. City Council will deliberate and consider a motion for adoption on October 1.

On a motion by H. Zuckerman seconded by P. Vitale the Planning Board voted 5-0 (J. Gerstle, D. Ensign absent) to adopt the Alpine-Balsam Ara Plan included in Attachment A.

September 19, 2019

A. AGENDA TITLE: Public hearing and recommendation to City Council on an ordinance amending Title 9, “Land Use Code” to include new Site Review criteria related to community benefit and requests for additional height, consistent with the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan goals and policies for enhanced community benefit.

Planning Board supports the concept embodied in the staff-recommended ordinance that proposes to amend the Land Use Code by establishing a new community benefits program housed largely within the Site Review criteria to promote affordable housing in Boulder. That notwithstanding Planning Board believes that there are additional changes that are required to make the proposed ordinance more conforming to the Comp Plan and therefore recommends that Council consider certain additional ideas.

On a motion by B. Bowen seconded by H. Zuckerman the Planning Board voted 3-1 (D. Ensign, J. Gerstle, P. Vitale absent, L. Montoya opposed) to recommend that City Council consider the following as a part of Phase 1 of the Community Benefit project:

  • To consider developing separate regulations and incentives outside of Site Review to encourage affordable housing projects, which incentives may include prescriptive density and intensity increases, increased height, discounted fees, expedited review, appropriate parking requirements;
  • Should include prescriptive density and intensity increases tied to affordability (as called for in the BVCP Section 1.11 Enhanced Community Benefit), and consider discretionary height modifications through revised Site Review criteria;
  • Consider discounting city fees to support affordable housing projects and establishing an expedited approval process;
  • Consider adjusting the dwelling units per acre calculations for affordable housing projects so that they do not disincentivize smaller units and create a broader diversity of unit types and more de facto affordability;
  • Separate from suggestions specific to affordable housing projects, Planning Board asks that City Council also consider modifying the height calculation to allow floor area required to access roof decks by stair or elevator and treat roof decks like pitched roofs are being treated in the proposed ordinance; and
  • Maintain a sunset date for Appendix J and prioritize the work required to consider where height makes sense in the City, which includes robust community engagement.