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East Boulder Subcommunity Plan

The city is working with the community to create the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan. The plan will describe a future vision for East Boulder that is based on community goals and values.

The East Boulder subcommunity is marked by Foothills Parkway to the west, Boulder Municipal Airport to the north, 63rd Street to the east and Arapahoe Avenue to the south. 

Subcommunity Stories: East Boulder Community, Valmont Bike Park from City of Boulder on Vimeo.


East Boulder Inventory and Analysis Report Completed

The East Boulder Inventory and Analysis Report pdf examines the existing conditions in the East Boulder subcommunity, including those related to the area's jobs/housing balance, small businesses, transportation access and more. The report analyzes these conditions compared to the citywide goals outlined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. It also incorporates feedback we've heard so far from the community, gathered from engagement events and Be Heard Boulder, as well as City Council and Planning Board. 

Now that we've examined existing conditions, the information included in the report will help us answer the major question of the next phase of the project, "Who Do We Want to Be?", and will help us develop concepts for the evolution of the subcommunity into the future. 

East Boulder Inventory and Analysis Report Appendix pdf 

Get involved 

How would YOU like East Boulder to evolve? Here are some ways you can participate in the planning process:

Look for opportunities to provide feedback on Be Heard Boulder

Link to Be Heard Boulder East Boulder Subcommunity Plan Project Page

Send a question to the working group 

Use this form to send a question to the East Boulder Working Group to address at their meetings. 

Contact us 

Have questions for city staff? Email us at [email protected]  

You can also view the Engagement Plan pdf  for this project or our Engagement Scrapbook pdf, which details all engagement events to date. Sign up for the City Planning Newsletter to receive project updates. 

East Boulder Working Group

The East Boulder Working Group supports the subcommunity planning process. The group is made up of area stakeholders and holds monthly meetings. Learn more about the East Boulder Working Group

Plan focus areas 

The East Boulder Subcommunity Plan will feature criteria for future change in the area, serving as a framework for achieving citywide goals in the area. As part of this process, the plan will look at these focus areas of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan:

  • Small Local Business 
  • Arts & Culture 
  • Design Quality & Placemaking 
  • Housing Affordability & Diversity 
  • Resilience & Climate Commitment
  • Balance of Future Jobs & Housing 


Why East Boulder?

In early 2019, City Council had staff begin future planning for East Boulder, one of the city's 10 subcommunities. They prioritized East Boulder because of the high rate of change taking place in the area. 

East Boulder is one of the city's top employment centers, home to large employers including Foothills Community Hospital and Ball Aerospace. Many businesses located there specialize in the scientific, research, technology and manufacturing sectors. The area is also home to urban parks, recycling centers and arts and cultural organizations, including Boulder Dinner Theater and KGNU radio.

Project timeline 

Creating the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan is a two-year process and includes multiple phases:

  1. Project kick-off
  2. Inventory & analysis
  3. Concept development (current phase)
  4. Scenario testing & alternative futures 
  5. Implementation planning 
  6. Plan adoption

The final plan will guide change in East Boulder for the next several decades. 

Timeline graphic for phases of East Boulder Subcommunity Plan process