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North Boulder Subcommunity Plan

In August 1995, the city adopted the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan pdf (1995 Plan). The 1995 Plan envisions a “beautiful, diverse, inclusive and adaptive” North Boulder and has shaped the area there today.

However, some key elements from the 1995 Plan have not been fully realized. In 2013, the city launched a plan update with a focus on the North Broadway area and invited the community to participate. During this process, community members indicated strong support for the 1995 Plan’s overarching vision and policies. City Council also requested a focused, action-oriented plan update. 

As a result, the city developed an Action Plan pdf to advance those items from the 1995 Plan that have not been fully realized and reflect current community values. Some action items are carried forward from the 1995 Plan (with refinements) and some are new, but all actions are consistent with the 1995 Plan.

This Action Plan does not amend the 1995 Plan. It acts as an implementation guide for the next five-plus years. The city will continue to evaluate the responsiveness of the 1995 Plan and this Action Plan in relation to community priorities and development trends.

Action Plan Process and Completion

The city finalized the North Boulder Subcommunity Action Plan pdf in October 2014.

Community Engagement

In addition to focused conversations with community members throughout the project, the city hosted three public events:

City Council

  • The Sept. 17, 2013 information packet pdf provided City Council the project scope and schedule with opportunities for feedback. 
  • In May 2014, City Council received an information packet with updates about the market study, community feedback, and proposed next steps, including preliminary policy choices, flood-related issues and timing. Council expressed their support for the approach and preliminary action items and provided ideas for refinement of the action plan.
  • On October 7, 2014 pdf, City Council received and accepted the final Action Plan.

Planning Board and Transportation Advisory Board

The Planning Board and Transportation Advisory Board helped shape the project at various meetings.

Next Steps

  1. City staff has already begun working on some of the action items and will continue this work, including Action Item 2.3 (US 36 and Broadway mobility hub). GO Boulder staff will be conducting outreach with community members, RTD, CDOT, and Boulder County around concepts for this area.
  2. Staff will use the Action Plan pdf to propose work plans and prioritization of funding requests for implementation.
  3. Staff will provide updates about the status of the Action Plan implementation to Planning Board and council every two years.
  4. A future, Village Center-focused North Boulder Subcommunity Plan update will be developed once the outcomes from the Fourmile Canyon Creek flood mapping and mitigation process are more certain (see page three of the Action Plan pdf for more detailed description of the September 2013 flood’s impacts on the project).


For questions or comments about this project, please contact Jeff Hirt at 303-441-4497.

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