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Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan

Since the 1970s, the City of Boulder and Boulder County have jointly adopted the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) to guide planning and development. Every five years, the BVCP is updated to reflect changing conditions and community values.

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Help us shape community engagement for the Comp Plan update!

Boulder is preparing to start the official 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) update this summer. Before we begin, we are looking for feedback as we develop the BVCP’s Community Engagement Plan. To do this, the city has set up two webinars and a public meeting to brainstorm with the community about the best ways to engage throughout the update.

These events will include:

  • A basic overview of the BVCP update process, including timelines and phasing;
  • Initial ideas for the community engagement approach;
  • Community forum on  ideas, preferences and brainstorming about ways to engage; and
  • Questions and answers about the BVCP update process.
Community Engagement Input Webinars Community Engagement Input Public Meeting and Open House

Monday, April 6  I  12 to 1 p.m.  I   Register Now
 

Thursday, April 9  I  6 to 7 p.m.  I   Register Now

Tuesday, April 7  |  5 to 6 p.m.
Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
(Boulder Creek Meeting Room)

Brief presentation at 5 p.m., followed by an open house with public polling.

The two webinars and the public meeting are being offered at different times and in various formats to allow for convenient participation. These three events will each cover the same content, so is not necessary for community members to attend all three.

Please note: These meetings won’t address the technical information or content of the BVCP update.  These events are offered specifically to better understand how Boulder community members want to participate in the update process. Once the BVCP update process begins in summer 2015, there will be many opportunities to focus on critical issues, data, choices, and actions for the plan.

Upcoming Meetings

City Council - Study Session
Tuesday, March 31  |  6 p.m.  |  Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway

Community Engagement Input Public Meeting and Open House
Tuesday, April 7  |  5 p.m.   Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

Planning Board and Boulder County Planning Commission - Joint Study Session
Thursday, April 16  |  5 p.m.  |  Council Chambers, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway

2015 to 2016 Schedule

City Council set the priorities and phasing schedule for the 2015 BVCP Update at its January 2015 retreat. The final scope of work and schedule for community engagement will be finalized in early 2015, and the BVCP Update process will continue through early 2016.

2015 to 2016 Timeline for the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update pdf

Four phases are proposed for the 2015 BVCP Update, each with extensive community dialogue and engagement.

Community Involvement in the BVCP Update (Through 2016)

Community involvement with the 2015 BVCP Update will be coordinated with the city's Neighborhood Liaison and other city planning initiatives. The city is seeking your ideas to help shape the community engagement plan!

Objectives for Community Engagement
Develop an inclusive, two-way engagement process with multiple opportunities for community participation - using neighborhood and small group meetings; digital platforms; and other creative approaches (e.g., mobile planning and portable meetings) to ensure that a diversity of perspectives are represented.

Potential Ideas for Community Engagement

  • Host webinar/Skype meetings with community members to ask about the best ways to engage individuals, neighborhoods, groups, and organizations in the 2015 BVCP Update.
  • Collaborate with established associations and organizations to co-host BVCP forums in spring 2015.
  • Determine the best ways to engage neighborhoods and other distinct areas of the community.
  • Coordinate with other projects happening at the neighborhood level.
  • Meet people where they are at, including schools, religious facilities, senior centers, open space, parks, and community events.
  • Continue to improve public notification and website information.
  • Coordinate closely with Code for America engagement and Housing Boulder initiatives.
  • Seek guidance from and involve elected officials and volunteer boards/commissions, including a City Council process committee and some technical committees.
  • Set the stage for the next three phases of the 2015 BVCP Update process.

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Phase 1 - Foundations and Community Engagement Plan (Through June 2015)

Community Engagement Plan
Community engagement for 2015 BVCP Update will be coordinated with the Neighborhood Liaison and integrated with other city planning initiatives.

Foundations
•  Create a foundations trends report.
•  Initiate community engagement.
•  Analyze and summarize the Residential Growth Management System.
•  Conduct a resilience analysis.
•  Identify objectives and metrics.

Phase 2 - Issues Scoping with Community (Through June 2015)

Extensive community engagement will be leveraged to accomplish the tasks listed below.

•  Confirm issues and focus
•  Identify Issues
•  Refine overall scope of work and schedule of meetings.

Phase 3 - Analyze and Update Plan Policies and Maps (Through Early 2016)

Extensive community engagement will be leveraged to accomplish the tasks listed below.

•  Verify vision
•  Formulate policy options
•  Land use/urban form
•  Analyze choices
•  Add metrics
•  Develop preferred directions
•  Resilience strategy

Phase 4 - Adopt and Implement Plan (2016)

Extensive community engagement will be leveraged to accomplish the tasks listed below.

•  Develop actions and strategies
•  Draft plan

Post Plan - Code Amendments and Intergovernmental Agreement (2016 and Beyond)

Extensive community engagement will be leveraged to accomplish the tasks listed below.

•  Prepare code amendments to implement the plan.
•  Extend Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Boulder County

Other Considerations

Comprehensive Development Plan Intergovernmental Agreement

The Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Boulder and Boulder County to coordinate planning and land regulation expires on Dec. 31, 2017. Each party agrees to hold a public hearing to determine if the IGA should be extended an additional five years.

Resilience Strategy

The city is also undertaking a parallel strategy to assess community resilience pdf. Early steps include:

  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan
  • Develop City Context
  • Prepare Resilience Diagnostic
  • Begin Risk Opportunity Assessment

Coordinated Planning Initiatives

The 2015 BVCP Update is just one of the City of Boulder's many coordinated planning initiatives pdf.

Background

Preparatory scoping for the 2015 BVCP Update began in late 2014 with a consultant assessment of the existing plan pdf and joint meeting with the Boulder City Council and Planning Board pdf and the Boulder County Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission pdf.

•  Dec. 18, 2014 Planning Board Agenda Item: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Major Update pdf
•  Dec. 16, 2014 City Council Information Packet: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Major Update

Feedback and Input To-date

Sept. 16, 2014 Planning Study Session

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