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East Boulder Subcommunity


East Boulder is home to some of Boulder’s great businesses, urban parks and greenways. This subcommunity is one of the city’s primary employment centers, with many local businesses specializing in scientific, research and technology sectors. There are also important local businesses in East Boulder, including construction industry professionals, warehousing and small-scale manufacturing. As the area looks to the future, what do YOU think we can achieve?

The East Boulder Plan will set the stage for evolution and innovation in East Boulder to achieve city-wide goals and celebrate the subcommunity’s unique identity.  

Working Group

Thanks to those who applied to be part of the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan working group. The city is no longer taking applications. Staff will review applications received and share an update on this webpage in the coming weeks. Please check out the Working Group charter pdf for more information on the proposed group.

The East Boulder Working Group is committed to including perspectives from underrepresented communities and two seats are reserved for residents of San Lazaro, Vista Village, or King’s Ridge neighborhoods. Residents are encouraged to apply for two available Community Connector roles and earn a stipend for their participation.  

Community Connectors are natural relationship builders who are trusted within their own neighborhoods. They partner with the city in connecting with residents from underrepresented communities, sharing the lived experiences of their neighbors, and co-designing materials for the Working Group. This Community Connector workload is in addition to Working Group responsibilities. If you would like to be considered for a Community Connector position, please complete the following application. 

Engagement Opportunities

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Phase of Work

Stage 1: Who are you? This stage of engagement is intended to be an opportunity for data collection as well as reflection. Engagement efforts will collect information about the subcommunity history and stories, special places, character and unique attributes. This stage will also look to community members to identify sites, spaces, and issues within the subcommunity that are valued or that need improvement. Staff inventory and analysis will be vetted with community members to confirm or critique data-based assumptions about the area. Look for opportunities to share your East Boulder stories, thoughts and impressions in the next few weeks!

Do you have any questions or comments about the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan? Please get in touch with us at: [email protected]

The project kick-off phase aligns project team members with their roles and responsibilities, identifies key stakeholders and the community engagement methods and means to be employed, and introduces the site to the team through mapping, background research, and site visits.

The subcommunity inventory and analysis phase includes a comprehensive review of past planning efforts and their current impacts, ongoing capital improvements, plans or development in the subcommunity, and an inventory of baseline conditions and key metrics related to BVCP city-wide goals.

During concept development, the planning team will invite interested community members to explore the results of the inventory and analysis report and identify potential areas of preservation and areas of evolution. A series of focus group meetings will help the team identify critical needs in the community as well as subcommunity aspirations. This phase of work will help community members identify their key goals and objectives for the future.

Using the goals and objectives developed during phase three, the team and community members will work together to develop “alternative future scenarios,” which may propose changes to land use in the subcommunity. Each alternative will be tested for potential impacts to citywide and subcommunity goals. Each alternative will be vetted through the community to identify the most successful components. These elements will be combined to deliver a “preferred alternative” scenario that will guide the evolution of the subcommunity’s future.

The implementation planning phase is a highly collaborative effort that uses planning team, stakeholder, community partner and resident input to identify paths towards implementation of the preferred alternative scenario.

While pieces of the final plan will be developed throughout the process, phase six provides the opportunity to create final content for adoption and publication. This phase also includes public review, comment and response periods.