In 2007, the City of Boulder completed the TVAP which outlined the future for Boulder Junction, a 160-acre area located in the geographic center of Boulder, around 30th Street, Pearl Street, Valmont Road and Foothills Parkway. The plan anticipated the development of new transit facilities and established a vision for the area to evolve into a lively, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented place where people will live, work, shop and access regional transportation. The plan identified two phases of development: Phase 1 for the area west of the existing railroad tracks and Phase 2 for the area east of the tracks.
TVAP provides the vision and sets the goals for the area, while the Transit Village Area Plan Implementation Plan,a companion document, identifies specific actions the city should take in the coming years to advance the plan’s goals and objectives. Since the adoption of TVAP, the city and private property owners have worked together to implement the vision for Phase 1 including creation of new transportation connections, affordable housing, a regional bus station and a mix of uses. Phase 1 efforts also led to the creation of the Boulder Junction Access General Improvement District-Parking (BJAGID-Parking), which manages the parking within the area of this district, and the Boulder Junction Access General Improvement District- TDM (BJAGID -TDM), which supports TDM measures in this district through additional revenue paid by properties within the boundaries of these districts. The planning horizon for Phase 1 of the redevelopment vision was 10 to 15 years. Redevelopment in the Phase 2 area was held until Phase 1 was largely complete.
Before implementation of Phase 2 began, City Council and Planning Board directed staff to re-evaluate the proposed land uses, transportation connections and urban design and character to ensure the vision set 15 years ago still met current and future community needs. The city gathered feedback from community members about Boulder Junction Phase 1 outcomes, hopes and opportunities for Phase 2, and potential alternatives for land use, transportation connections and urban design and character of the area. There was a clear preference to make updates to the TVAP recommendations originally proposed in 2007. Amendments were necessary to better meet current community needs and desires, market trends and the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP).