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Capital Improvement Program

The City of Boulder's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a six-year plan for public physical improvements. The CIP provides a forecast of funds available for capital projects and identifies all planned capital improvement projects and their estimated costs over the six-year period. Allocations are made according to the Capital Planning, Prioritization and Guiding Principles pdf

The first year's program in the CIP is adopted by the City Council as the Capital Budget, as a counterpart to the annual Operating Budget. Although fiscal resources are appropriated only in the first year of the CIP, the succeeding five years of the CIP are important in providing a longer-term plan for setting spending priorities, scheduling projects in a logical sequence, and coordinating and targeting capital improvement projects for all city departments.

Annual Capital Improvement Program

In the approved 2019-2024 CIP pdf over $70 million is recommended for 2019, and approximately $485 million is recommended for project allocations for years 2019-2024.The draft CIP includes funding for several high-dollar projects, such as:

  • Deferred Facility Maintenance Projects: $2.2M
  • Pavement Management Program: $4.8M
  • 30 th  St and Colorado Bike/Ped: $5.0M
  • Wastewater Cogeneration Engine Overhauls: $4.0M
  • Ongoing repairs to Barker Gravity Pipeline: $4.1M
  • 19 th  Street Complete Streets (Norwood to Sumac): $3.27K

The CIP is an essential implementation tool for carrying out the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan's policies of orderly and efficient provision of urban facilities and services. The Comprehensive Plan provides for the phased growth of the city, with annexation to occur only when the full range of urban services is available.

The city is spending the majority, more than 80 percent, of its 2019 capital funds on capital maintenance and enhancement of its existing assets. The CIP focuses on taking care of what the city already owns with an emphasis on making improvements to its core service areas.


CIP project sheets are linked to below by department:

Citywide pdf

Community Vitality pdf

Fire pdf

Information Technology pdf

Library and Arts pdf

Open Space and Mountain Parks pdf

Parks and Recreation pdf

Police pdf

Public Works - Facilities and Asset Management pdf

Public Works - Stormwater and Flood Utility pdf

Public Works - Transportation pdf

Public Works - Wastewater Utility pdf

Public Works - Water Utility pdf

Other pdf

Community, Culture and Safety tax

In November 2014, Boulder voters approved the Community, Culture and Safety tax, a three-year 0.3 percent sales and use tax increase. The ballot language projected that the revenue from this temporary tax increase will yield $27.6 million for specific projects to improve community spaces, bolster cultural projects and organizations, and enhance safety.

Learn more about Community, Culture and Safety projects.

2013 Flood Recovery Projects

The September 2013 flooding caused extensive damage to city infrastructure, including all utility systems (water, wastewater, stormwater and major drainageways), roads, multi-use paths, trails and facilities. Affected critical services have been restored, but full recovery will likely take years. Some work is temporary in nature, with more permanent work to follow.

Get more Boulder Flood Info.

2011 Capital Improvement Bond

In November 2011, Boulder voters passed Ballot Item 2A by a 3-to-1 margin and gave the city the authority to leverage existing revenues to bond for up to $49 million to pay for necessary capital investments. Since the bond is paid for with existing revenues, the 2011 ballot item did not raise taxes.

The 2011 vote allows the city to implement a list of projects that address significant deficiencies and high-priority infrastructure improvements like roadway reconstruction, park facility upgrades, critical software updates, police equipment needs, and more.

All projects have been completed. 

Learn more about the Capital Improvement Bond Projects.

Get Involved

The Capital Improvement Program planning process includes reviews by advisory boards and commissions and public hearings on proposed capital budgets through June of each year. The Planning Board held a public hearing on July 20, and City Council reviewed the draft on Aug. 8. Visit the Planning Board Home Page and the City Council Home Page for more information.


Chris Ranglos, Planner, at 303-441-4124.

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