Area Plan Timeline & Resources
Timeline for Area Plan Process
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 timeline below provides an overview of the Area Plan process, including input opportunities for the public and City Council.
Phase 1 - Conceptual Designs (May-Sep 2018)
Develop feasible urban design frameworks that address the project goals. These generally include urban form, public realm and parks, connectivity, and land use. Click here for full summary of Phase 1: Community Feedback .
Phase 2 - Refined Designs (Oct-Dec 2018)
Develop conceptual alternatives that further assess the physical, economic and financial realities of each site. These include realistic building footprints, 3D sketch models, street sections and more specific types of uses. Click here for full summary of Phase 2: Community Feedback .
Phase 3 - Preferred Design & Draft Plan (Jan-Jul 2019)
Select the preferred option and develop a draft of the area plan. The final area plan will be adopted at the end of Phase 3. Click here for full summary of Phase 3: Community Feedback .
Phase 4 - Feedback on Draft Area Plan (June-Jul 2019)
Solicit feedback from community members, advisory boards, and city council on draft area plan. Click here for full summary of Phase 4: Community Feedback .
Click here for Full Summary of all phases, including the vision plan.
What is an Area Plan?
Area Plans bridge the gap between the broad community goals established in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and the detailed city review of individual development projects and capital improvements decisions.
Area plans help develop common understanding of the desired future development of an area including expected changes, desired characteristics, and achievable implementation methods. The Area Plan will be guided by the Alpine-Balsam Vision Plan but will provide a greater level of detail on desired character and scale , land uses, and the location of streets, paths, parking, public spaces and public facilities . 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.
An area plan will answer questions like:
- What kinds of activities and land uses will be allowed or encouraged on the Alpine-Balsam site?
- How might uses change in the vicinity of the 8.8 acre Alpine-Balsam site?
- What massing, scale, and intensity will be permitted?
- How will transportation work around, in and close to the site?
- How will parking function?
- Who will pay for development of the site and how will this funding be secured?
Area Plan Process Materials
City Council and Boards
11/13/18: City Council Study Session
City staff shared scenarios for the Alpine-Balsam site and provided information on the hospital deconstruction process.
10/25/18: Joint Board Session
City staff shared scenarios for the Alpine-Balsam site at a joint board meeting. You can review a summary of the meeting.
1/9/2018: City Council Study Session
Area planning for the Alpine-Balsam site (and nearby surrounding areas), the potential reuse of the existing Medical Pavilion on the Alpine-Balsam site, and the financing and partnership analysis and strategy that will be developed in coordination with the planning efforts.
Oct. 29, 2018- Community Workshop
Community members viewed scenarios that illustrated five trade-offs that will need to be made related to the city-owned property.
May 16, 2018
Members of the community had the opportunity to attend the area plan kickoff event at the Boulder Public Library. You can review material from the event below: