Project Overview

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.

Creating the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan is a two-year process. Once complete, the plan will inform decisions in the area for decades.

Upcoming Meetings and Engagement Opportunities

  • July 15, Joint Planning Board and Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
  • July 27, City Council Update

The next engagement window will be Fall 2021 to share a Community Review Draft of the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan.

In the last engagement window, community members provided feedback on several land use concepts for the area and the Station Area Master Plan at 55th & Arapahoe. Feedback from various events and questionnaires will inform the next draft.

If you would like more information and / or be added to our email distribution list for updates, contact project staff via email at subcommunityplanning@bouldercolorado.gov.​

Project Updates

Stay tuned for the release of the Community Draft Plan!

55th and Arapahoe Station Area Master Plan (STAMP)

In late 2019, the City of Boulder received federal funding for detailed planning and design at the 55th Street and Arapahoe Station Area. This area is part of the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan and has been identified by adopted city plans for a future mobility hub and transit-oriented development.

While the area is currently served by a handful of local and regional transit routes, in the future, it will be the location of a State Highway 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station – connecting Boulder to I-25 and beyond with high-quality, high frequency service. This plan will guide long term transformation of the station area into a transit-oriented, connected and livable place that ideally provides a mix of housing types and land uses in proximity to transit.

This plan will be integrated into the larger East Boulder Subcommunity Plan process, but will require a greater level of detailed planning, analysis and design. The city and the consultant working on this project will engage with the working group and the community to evaluate land use and redevelopment scenarios based on community preference, alignment with the East Boulder Subcommunity vision statements and potential benefits and impacts, with the aim of developing a preferred land use and phasing plan.

East Boulder Vision Statements

City staff, with input from the community and the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan Working Group, have drafted vision statements that apply Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan goals to East Boulder in six areas, including housing, resilience and climate, small local business, access and mobility, design and placemaking and arts and culture.

Earlier this year, community input on the six Vision Statements was gathered via a questionnaire. With 113 responses, there was a wide range of competing viewpoints. Learn more in this report.

Thank you to those that provided feedback on these vision statements. Your input will be used to help inform decision-making and strategies for the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan .

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 that are open to the public. Learn more about the East Boulder Working Group.

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.

Inventory and Analysis Report

The East Boulder Inventory and Analysis Report examines existing conditions in the East Boulder subcommunity and measures how well the area is meeting the goals of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. The report includes feedback and contributions from the East Boulder Working Group, community engagement events, Be Heard Boulder, City Council and Planning Board. The report lays the groundwork for the preservation and future evolution of East Boulder.

The information included in the report will help answer the question, "Who Does East Boulder Want to Be?"

Community Engagement

View the Engagement Plan for this project and the project's Engagement Scrapbook, which details all engagement events to date.

East Boulder Subcommunity Stories Videos

East Boulder Subcommunity Concept Videos