From May 2018 to fall 2019, the city is working with the community to create an Area Plan for the Alpine-Balsam site. Use this webpage to learn more about the Area Plan process, including history of the site, previous planning that has taken place, and the latest updates on how to get involved. Sign up for the Planning Newsletter today to receive bi-monthly updates!
Aug. 15: Planning Board meeting to review the draft area plan. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. at 1777 Broadway in council chambers. For more information, go to the Planning Board meeting agenda and packet.
Aug. 27: Public hearing on the area plan before City Council. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. at 1777 Broadway in council chambers (note that council meeting agendas are subject to change). To view this meeting's memorandums for the Facilities Master Plan (Item 2C-1) and the Alpine-Balsam Draft Area Plan (Item 2C-2), select this link to City Council's meeting agendas and materials. Scroll down to meeting date 08/27/19 then select the "Online Item" icon.
Announcements & News
The draft area plan is available for the community to review: The Alpine-Balsam Draft Area Plan is now available for the community to read and provide feedback.
City staff presented five draft options for land use and urban design to City Council on June 4 and to Planning Board on June 6.
City Council directed staff to remove one of the land use options from consideration (the Current Trends/Preserve Existing Housing/Minimize Growth option).
Community engagement events in July have been completed, and a summary of community feedback has been posted on the community engagement page.
Learn what the city heard from the community this past winter/spring regarding the area plan in this summary document and this Be Heard Boulder questionnaire report.
At the May 16 special City Council meeting, council directed staff to continue with the deconstruction of the hospital and to move forward with the area plan. You can watch the meeting.
You can review recent Planning Board and City Council memos.
The Alpine-Balsam Existing Conditions Report builds off previous analysis done during the Vision Plan, as well as other documents such as the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and Central Broadway Corridor Design Framework.
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In December 2015, the City of Boulder purchased 8.8-acres of property from Boulder Community Health. The properties include the entire hospital campus site at 1100 Balsam Ave. (the corner of Balsam Avenue and Broadway), as well as two properties on Alpine Avenue and two small properties on North Street.
Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan
From fall 2016 through spring 2017, the city worked with the community to develop a Vision Plan for the city-purchased site, also known as Alpine-Balsam. The Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan is intended to guide the transformation of the site; it identifies the desired future for Alpine-Balsam and its surroundings, with Guiding Principles to inform future planning and development.
Alpine-Balsam Area Plan
The next step for the Alpine-Balsam site is the creation of an Area Plan to provide more detailed guidance for future development of the site and surrounding area. The Area Plan process will take place from Spring 2018 through mid-2019, and will include a range of community engagement events to help shape the final plan.
The Area Plan process will be guided by the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan, but will provide a greater level of detail on the desired character and scale, land uses, and the location of streets, paths, parking, public spaces and public buildings. The Area Plan will also address the economic and financial viability of the development options to ensure the site development is feasible and will contribute to the city’s prosperity.