From May 2018 to May 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!
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·A detention pond is a basin or reservoir where water is stored for regulating a flood. It has outlets for releasing the flows during the floods and is dry most of the time.
- A detention pond is a basin or reservoir where water is stored for regulating a flood. It has outlets for releasing the flows during the floods and is dry most of the time.
- A retention pond or reservoir is where water is stored for regulating a flood but it is designed to contain water year-round.
The city is exploring the use of a detention pond in North Boulder Park to help mitigate future floods. There would only be water stored in the park during storms and times of flooding, so community members could still enjoy the park nearly all the time. Learn more about Upper Goose Creek flood mitigation.
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.
The city needs your input to help shape the Area Plan! Throughout the Area Plan process, there will be a range of opportunities to get involved, including online and at face-to-face events. Details for these events will be posted on this webpage and announced in the Planning Newsletter. Sign up for the Planning Newsletter today to receive bi-monthly updates!