Oct. 29 Open House - Comprehensive Plan Map Updates

An open house regarding proposed updates to the environmental resource maps in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (the BCCP) will be held in Boulder on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The map update process has been occurring in conjunction with the updates to the Goals and Policies of the Environmental Resources Element that were approved by Planning Commission in July 2013. Like all the elements and maps in the BCCP, these maps are used to inform decision-making about land uses and resource management in the county. The last time these maps were updated was in 1995.

The Boulder County Land Use and Parks and Open Space Departments are hosting the open house from 4–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Admin Services Training Room located on the East Wing of the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO. You may enter the building off 14th Street between Pearl and Spruce Streets. A 15-minute overview presentation will be given at 4:30 and again at 6:00 p.m. The same content will be included in both presentations.

During the open house, maps and graphics will be on display illustrating the proposed updates to the maps along with the methods used to develop the maps. Also proposed is a List of Species of Special Concern for both plants and animals. County staff and natural resource specialists will be on hand to answer questions, discuss details, and take comments regarding the maps and the lists. 

The updated maps include:

  • Critical Wildlife Habitats
  • Rare Plant Areas & Significant Natural Communities
  • Wetlands and Riparian Areas
  • Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse Conservation Areas
  • Environmental Conservation Areas
  • High Biodiversity Areas
  • Natural Areas & Natural Landmarks

The maps will be available for review on the county’s Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update webpage later this week. 

The updates will be presented to the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) at their November 21 meeting (please check web site in November to confirm agenda). Public comment will be taken and POSAC will make a recommendation to the Planning Commission about the proposed updates. 

Public input will also be taken at the Planning Commission Information Session on November 20 (the day before POSAC). It is anticipated that Planning Commission will take action on approving the updates at their hearing tentatively scheduled for December 18. More details about those meetings will be made available as the hearing date approaches.

Questions? Contact Justin Atherton-Wood, Natural Resources Planner, at jatherton-wood@bouldercounty.org, or 303-678-6273.

Vivienne Jannatpour
Communications Specialist
Boulder County Parks and Open Space vjannatpour@bouldercounty.org

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