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Chautauqua Access Management Plan

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Project news

Recent and Upcoming Opportunities for Community Engagement

All meetings will start at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 1777 West Broadway, Boulder, 80302 EXCEPT as otherwise specified below.

  • Feb. 27, 2017 – Parks and Recreation Advisory Board  
  • March 1, 2017 – Landmarks Board
  • March 8, 2017 – Open Space Board of Trustees
  • March 9, 2017 - Open House for Proposed TEMPORARY Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) Chautauqua Zone: 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Municipal Building at 1777 West Broadway, Boulder, 80302
  • March 13, 2017 – Transportation Advisory Board (public hearing)
  • March 13, 2017 – Colorado Chautauqua Association board of directors
  • April 4, 2017 – City Council 1. first reading (consent agenda) – proposed ordinance amendments necessary for implementation of recommended CAMP 2017 Summer Pilots AND 2. presentation of staff recommended CAMP Summer 2017 pilots under Matters from the City Manager for council action (not a public hearing, but public may sign up in advance to speak under Public Comment at beginning of meeting) 
  • April 18, 2017 – City Council second reading and public hearing on proposed ordinance amendments necessary for implementation of recommended CAMP 2017 Summer Pilots
  • May TBD, 2017 – Council consideration and action on first 2017 budget adjustments (necessary to fund CAMP summer 2017 pilot implementation)

Council Correspondence

Starting in March of 2017, city staff began archiving council correspondence and some other public emails and comments related to CAMP. These emails are available to view online.

All emails sent to council are viewed by all nine council members regardless of whether they appear in the archive. If you recently sent an email in, it may or may not have been added to the archive yet. Emails sent in early March or prior to March 2017 may or may not be in the archive. The archive is intended to be one tool for understanding the depth and range of public comment on CAMP. 

2017 SurveyGizmo Questionnaire

The city conducted an online questionnaire in early 2017 on the proposed CAMP pilot projects. The questionnaire was not a statistically valid survey tool but rather another avenue for community members to share thoughts and feedback with the city, particularly for people who were unable to attend open houses and other meetings in person. A summary report and analysis of write-in responses can be viewed online pdf

City Council Memos and Agenda Packets

To view council documents related to CAMP, please visit the Boulder City Council web page and the city's Records Archive.

What will the Chautauqua Access Management Plan do?

The Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) will explore ways to manage existing demand for access to and from the Chautauqua area in ways that minimize impacts to surrounding neighbors, visitors and the area’s natural and cultural resources. The CAMP will not explore limiting demand to the area, such as decreasing access to open space.

City council has directed staff to consider the following options:

  • Managed parking in the leasehold and/or in surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Paid parking in some areas;
  • Feasible enhancements to other modes of access such as transit service.

Staff is also curious about exploring real-time parking information, ridesharing, incentives, and other transportation demand management techniques to balance all modes of accessing this special place.

Proposed Chautauqua Shuttle

Winter Walk and Bike Week


Project News

Please see recent and upcoming opportunities for public engagement at the top of this page.



The lease between the City of Boulder and the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) was renegotiated in 2015. New language in the “Access and Parking Management” section of the lease stipulates the development of a Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP). 

"As a national, regional and local landmark and attraction, Chautauqua needs a tailored access management strategy to balance the access of the variety of users and modes while also maintaining the natural, built, and historic environments ... The parties recognize that during peak periods, parking demand for all uses with and around Chautauqua far exceeds supply. The movement of vehicles looking for parking presents safety issues and degrades the visitor experience. During the first year of the Lease, the parties commit to develop a Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP), which shall be thereafter periodically reviewed and revised by the parties to address current circumstances and conditions."

- From the 2015 lease signed between Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) and City of Boulder

The CAMP is intended to be a tailored access management strategy to balance the access of the variety of users and modes while also maintaining the natural, built, and historic environments. Some of the issues that confront Chautauqua currently are:
  • Inadequate parking supply for peak parking times during the year.
  • Parking issues in the lease hold and surrounding neighborhoods.
  1. Specifically it affects quality of life
  2. Finding a place to park
  3. Vehicle circulation issues
  • Pedestrian Access issues on Baseline Road:
  1. Drivers not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  2. Pedestrians have to walk in the street when parking on the south side of Baseline Road, due to the lack of a sidewalk on the south side.
  3. Noise and fume issues in neighborhood from event buses.


Access and Parking

In 2012 the City and the CCA partnered to evaluate parking and access issues in the leasehold area. As a part of this project, the partnership collected parking utilization and parking duration data on all available spaces within the leasehold area and in the neighborhood to the north of Chautauqua on three separate days.

The results of that data collection showed some areas of high parking utilization within the leasehold area, but very few areas of high parking utilization in the neighborhood north of Chautauqua. Some other key findings of this study include:

  • Parking utilization in the leasehold area was much higher on the weekend as well as the duration for which guests parked.
  • During the weekday, the majority of vehicles in the Chautauqua area (between 50% and 85% depending on the lot or block) parked for less than two hours. A small minority (between 0% and 20% depending on the lot or block) parked for more than four hours.
  • The peak period of parking utilization was from 10AM to 1PM on both weekdays and weekends.
  • A significant majority (80% to 90%) of vehicles entering Chautauqua did so from the main entrance (Baseline and Grant), rather than the 12th St. entrance.
  • The full report and its findings can be found here pdf.

Using the data and analyses from this study, a series of pilot programs for the leasehold area were advanced by staff for City Council’s consideration but none of these pilots were adopted for implementation. Council members’ biggest concerns at that time seemed to be the concept of restricting parking on streets near open space and park property.


Open House Materials - April 28, 2016

City of Boulder staff held their first CAMP open house on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Materials presented at this open house are available below. Later open house materials are available under the Community Engagement tab as they were also presented to the CAMP working group.

Chautauqua CAMP Open House Boards Scribd


Next Steps

Based on Council feedback it was determined that new parking utilization data was necessary to supplement the findings from the 2012 CAMP report due to the fact that visitation rates may have changed since then. The data collection plan is still being finalized by city staff, and is subject to change. However, city staff has made some operating assumptions concerning the development of CAMP. These are as follows:

  • Options for the development of the CAMP could include a some degree of managed parking within the Chautauqua leasehold area; and possibly in the surrounding neighborhood as well. This could include parking restrictions similar to those provided by the NPP program.
  • Options for the decelopment of the CAMP could include some degree of paid parking, possibly in the Ranger lot, on the loop surrounding the park and/or on Baseline Road.
  • Options for the development of the CAMP could consider enhancements to other modes of transportation including but not limited to restoration of transit service to the Chautauqua area.


Data Collection

Based on Council feedback it was determined that new parking utilization data was necessary to supplement the findings from the 2012 CAMP report due to the fact that visitation rates may have changed since then. Data collected to date can be found below.


Potential Strategies

Community Engagement

The city manager has appointed 10 members to the Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) working group. We greatly appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time and expertise to help the city identify actionable pilot projects for the summer of 2017. The members are:  

  • Curt Brown
  • Patrick Casey
  • John Kenyon
  • Joel Koenig
  • Mary Ann Mahoney
  • Yuji Roni Chen Maloney
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Mary Price
  • Sara Pritchard
  • Tara Winer

These individuals represent varying backgrounds, interests and/or expertise relevant to access and parking in and around Chautauqua, including members of city and nonprofit boards, cottage owners, neighborhood residents, CU, members of the conservation community, recreational enthusiasts and others. We received 28 applications from community members. As stated in the working group solicitation, no more than two individuals who represent the same neighborhood, geography, organization, or stakeholder group were selected to serve on this group. This parameter eliminated many interested and well qualified people.

There will be community meetings and other opportunities to give input outside of the working group process. Please sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of this web page to receive updates and notices of such opportunities.

CAMP Working Group Meeting Materials

Monday Sept. 19, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 1

Thursday Oct. 27, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 2

Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 3

Thursday Jan. 19, 2017 - Working Group Meeting 4

Thursday Feb. 23, 2017 - Working Group Meeting 5


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