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BVCP Planning Areas Map Amendments: Knollwood and Spring Valley

Overview

As part of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update , a request has been made to change the Planning Area designation for the Knollwood and Spring Valley subdivisions. This page provides information on what this request means for your neighborhood, steps in the approval process, and how you can get involved. 

What is a Planning Area Designation?

The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Planning Area designations (Area I, II, or III) can be seen in the official Area I, II, III Map . The Planning Area designation reflects a property’s current and potential future jurisdiction, along with the intended level of urban services provided. The Area I, II, III Map delineates the following three major Planning Area designations:

  • Area I is that area within the City of Boulder which has adequate urban facilities and services and is expected to continue to accommodate urban development.
  • Area II is the area now under county jurisdiction where annexation to the city can be considered consistent with plan policies. New urban development may only occur coincident with the availability of adequate facilities and services.  Master plans project the provision of services to this area within the planning period. 
  • Area III is the remaining area in the Boulder Valley, generally under county jurisdiction. Area III is divided into the Area III-Rural Preservation Area, where the city and county intend to preserve existing rural land uses and character and the Area III-Planning Reserve Area, where the city and county intend to maintain the option of future Service Area expansion. 

Please note, changing the Planning Area designation is not an annexation; this is a change that would make your property eligible for annexation in the future. This process is guided by the Intergovernmental Agreement and Amendment Procedures which can be found in Appendix B and Appendix C of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan .

 

Information for Knollwood Residents

Existing Planning Area Designation: Area III – Rural Preservation
Proposed Planning Area Designation: Area II

The Knollwood neighborhood is currently located in unincorporated Boulder County. This change must be approved by two entities – the City’s Planning Board & City Council. Boulder County staff will also provide referral comments on this item based on input from the Board of County Commissioners.  You will have an opportunity to speak at the meetings or send your comments by email before the meeting. A copy of the staff memorandum, including analysis and staff recommendations, can be found using the links in the table below.

The request will be considered for approval on the following dates:

 Approval Body Date Time

Location  

Agenda & Memo

City Planning Board

Oct. 19 11 a.m. Council Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway Planning Board
City Council Nov. 14 6 p.m. Council Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway City Council

 
 
Information for Spring Valley Estates Residents

Existing Planning Area Designation:  Outside the Planning Area Boundary
Proposed Planning Area Designation:  Area II

The Knollwood neighborhood is currently located in unincorporated Boulder County. This change must be approved by all four approval bodies. You will have an opportunity to speak at the meetings or send your comments by email before the meeting. A copy of the staff memorandum, including analysis and staff recommendations, can be found using the links in the below table.

The request will be considered for approval on the following dates:

 Approval Body Date Time

Location  

Agenda & Memo

City Planning Board

Oct. 19 11 a.m. Council Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway Planning Board
City Council Nov. 14 6 p.m. Council Chambers, Second Floor, Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway City Council
County Planning Commission Nov. 15 1:30 p.m. Commissioners Hearing Room, Third Floor, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street Boulder County

Board of County Commissioners

Nov. 16 3:30 p.m. Commissioners Hearing Room, Third Floor, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street Boulder County

 
 
Need More Info?

This is a joint effort between the City of Boulder and Boulder County. If you have additional questions please contact us. If you would like to discuss this in person, we will have open office hours on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 3-5 p.m. at the Park Central Building, 1739 Broadway. Check-in with the reception desk on the third floor. If you are unable to attend but would like to talk to someone, please call or email the planners listed below. 

City of Boulder
Jean Gatza
Senior Planner
(303) 441-4907
[email protected]

Boulder County
Steven Giang
Planner I, Boulder County Land Use Department
(303) 441-3922
[email protected]

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