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Downtown Urban Design Guidelines Update

Downtown Urban Design Guidelines update

Downtown Urban Design Guidelines
News and Events

Pearl Street Mall at dusk New design guidelines adopted by City Council and now in effect

City Council has approved revisions to the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines, which are the result of several months of work by a working group comprised of members of the Planning Board, Design Advisory Board, Downtown Management Commission and Landmarks Board, along with city staff.

To read more, follow the links below.

 

Updating the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines

Link to draft of Downtown Urban Design Guidelines As part of the Design Excellence Initiative, city staff worked with the members of the Planning Board, Design Advisory Board, Downtown Management Commission and Landmarks Board to update the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines pdf. The guidelines are used by the city to help review proposed preservation, renovation and new construction projects in much of downtown Boulder, including along the Pearl Street Mall, the historic district and the Civic Area.

The guidelines have their roots in planning initiatives started in the 1980s and were last updated in 2002. In March 2015, City Council told staff to create a working group with board members to review the guidelines and propose limited changes to them. The focus was on improving usability, organization and graphics, removing redundant and outdated items, and bringing the 13-year-old document into alignment with the plans, policies and regulations created since the last update. The working group was not to make substantial alterations to the intent or purpose of the guidelines.

Past Events and Information

Map of area within the downtown urban design areaOpen House
5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), 1750 13th St.

City staff and members of the Planning Board, Design Advisory Board, Downtown Management Commission and Landmarks Board were in the process of revising the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines pdf and produced a new draft pdf of the guidelines. This informational meeting gave the public the opportunity to provide input and ask questions about the design guidelines, the draft and the update process in an informal setting. The board and commissions reviewed the draft during a joint meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, and City Council received the draft in February 2016. The project is part of the Design Excellence Initiative.

Joint meeting of Planning, Landmarks and Boulder Design Advisory boards and Downtown Management Commission
5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10
First Presbyterian Church (Oerter Fellowship Hall), 1820 15th St.

This joint meeting was an opportunity for the various board members to review the working draft of the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines (DUDG), provide input and ask questions of the city staff and working group members. No official action was taken at this meeting. A staff memo and the working draft of the DUDG were available for review in advance of the open house and joint board meeting.

  • Design Advisory Board review and recommendation - Jan. 27, 2016
  • Downtown Management Commission review and recommendation - Feb. 1, 2016
  • Landmarks Board - Feb. 3, 2016
  • Planning Board - Feb. 4, 2016

Contact

Urban Designer Kalani Pahoa at 303-441-4248.

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Staff

David Driskell
Executive Director,
Departmentent of Planning, Housing and Sustainability

Kalani Pahoa
Urban Designer
Department of Planning, Housing and Sustainability

 

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