Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update

Outreach efforts in 2011 introduced the existing Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP) to residents, explored how the Comprehensive Plan has shaped the county, and provided reasons for initiating a review and modernization of the plan. At these meetings staff introduced draft language on the Guiding Principles that provided direction for the Comprehensive Plan with the orientation toward sustainability. The Guiding Principles were approved by the Planning Commission on January 18, 2012. The next steps for the Comprehensive Plan update will be to review the elements within the Plan. Gaining public input into the BCCP update effort is critical to planning for the future of Boulder County.

The Planning Commission authorized the Land Use Department to proceed with an update to the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan at its September 16, 2009 meeting. Please send your comments via the Ask a Planner webform.

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Environmental Resources Element Update


Goals & Policies Approved by Planning Commission (6/19/2013)

Maps Approved by Planning Commission (12/18/2013)

Primary Supporting Materials

Supplemental Materials to the Environmental Resources Element

Public Comment


Upcoming Public Meetings

No meetings currently scheduled.

Past Public Meetings

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Update
Planning Commission voted (8-0) to approve the following language as a new policy for inclusion to the Environmental Resources Element of the BCCP: "Acknowledging our responsibility to ensure that naturally occurring ecosystems and their native species populations continue to exist and flourish in Boulder County, Boulder County will develop conservation and recovery plans for priority Species of Special Concern."
Staff Planners: Peter Fogg and William Davidson
When: June 18, 2014
Documents: Staff Report to Planning Commission for June 18, 2014

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Update

Planning Commission voted (5-0) to approve draft language, asking staff to edit/clean up if appropriate and bring it back to the June 18th Planning Commission meeting for final action: "Acknowledging our responsibility to ensure that naturally occurring ecosystems and their native species populations continue to exist and flourish in Boulder County, Boulder County will develop conservation and recovery plans for priority species of special concern." Public testimony was taken.
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg and Bill Davidson
When: May 21, 2014
Documents:

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Maps Update
The Boulder County Land Use and Parks and Open Space departments presented the updated Environmental Resources Element to the Board of County Commissioners for discussion and suggestions, and for public comment. The updated Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Environmental Resources Element, as approved by the Planning Commission on December 18, 2013, is newly updated with revised narrative, goals, policies, and maps.
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg and Bill Davidson – Land Use; Justin Atherton-Wood – Parks and Open Space
When: February 11, 2014
Documents:
Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Maps Update
Planning Commission review and action on the updated maps for the Environmental Resources Element. Public Testimony was taken.
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg and Bill Davidson – Land Use; Justin Atherton-Wood – Parks and Open Space
When: December 18, 2013
Documents: Staff Report to Planning Commission for December 18, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Maps Update 
Planning Commission review of the updated maps for the Environmental Resources Element. Public Testimony was taken.
When: November 20, 2013
Documents: Planning Commission Agenda for November 20, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003 Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC)
POSAC review of proposed updates to the Environmental Resources Element of the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan. Public Testimony was taken.
When: November 21, 2013
Documents: POSAC Agenda for November 21, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003 Open House: 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, October 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.
What: Open house for proposed map updates presentation
When: October 29, 2013

Docket BCCP-13-0001: Cultural Resources Element Update
Planning Commission discussion of the draft Cultural Resources Element update. Public Testimony was taken.
Action Requested: Approval
Staff Planner: Denise Grimm
Date: October 16, 2013
Documents: Staff Report for October 16, 2013

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update
Study Session: Planning Staff report on Rights of Nature Movement as requested by Planning Commission at their June 19, 2013 meeting. Public Testimony was taken.
Action Requested: Information item, no action requested.
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg
Date: October 16, 2013
Documents: Staff Report on Rights of Nature Movement for October 16, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Revision Update 
Planning Commission review of the draft Environmental Resources Element update, including revisions prepared by staff pursuant to the May 15, 2013 Planning Commission hearing. Public testimony was taken.
Action Requested: Approval
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg and Bill Davidson
Date: June 19, 2013
Documents: BCCP-08-003: Staff Report to Planning Commission for June 19, 2013

Docket BCCP-13-0001: Cultural Resources Element Update
Planning Commission discussion of the draft Cultural Resources Element update. Public testimony was taken.
Action Requested: Study Session – No Action Requested.
Staff Planner: Denise Grimm
Date: June 19, 2013
Documents: BCCP-13-0001: Staff Report to Planning Commission for June 19, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Revision Update 
Planning Commission review of the draft Environmental Resources Element update, including revisions prepared by staff pursuant to the April 4, 2013 Planning Commission hearing. Public Testimony was taken.
Action Requested: Approval
Staff Planners: Pete Fogg and Bill Davidson – Land Use; Justin Atherton-Wood – Parks and Open Space
Date: May 15, 2013
Documents:   Docket BCCP-08-003: Environmental Resources Element Revision Update
Planning Commission discussion of the draft Environmental Resources Element update, including review of public comments and POSAC discussion. Staff requested Planning Commission direction for preparing revisions to the draft. Study Session - No Action Requested. Public Testimony was not taken.
Staff Planners: Peter Fogg and William Davidson.
Date: April 4, 2013
Documents:  Docket BCCP-10-0001: Allenspark Regional Comprehensive Plan: Proposed Plan for the area within the Allenspark Fire Protection District including the townsites of Allenspark, Raymond, and Riverside, for inclusion into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan. Study Session - No Action Requested. Public Testimony was taken.
Staff Planner: Abigail Shannon.
Date: April 4, 2013
Documents:
Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee Public Hearing: The Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) reviewed and discussed the proposed update to the Environmental Resources Element at their meeting on February 28. Staff presented an overview of the proposed update and a summary of input provided at the Open House held on February 6. POSAC made a recommendation to the Planning Commission (PC) for approval of the updated goals and policies of the element with minor text changes.
Staff Presenters: Resource Planners Justin Atherton-Wood and Ron West.
Date:  February 28, 2013
Documents: POSAC agenda, staff memo, and supplemental materials for February 28, 2013

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Environmental Resources Element Open House: The Land Use and Parks & Open Space Departments are held an open house to present and discuss a proposed draft update of the current Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Environmental Resources Element goals and policies. The draft is part of an on-going project to revise and update the Comprehensive Plan, which is now 35 years old.
Date: February 6, 2013
Documents: Comprehensive Plan Environmental Resources Element Draft, January 25, 2013

Docket BCCP-08-003: Boulder County Comprehensive Plan update - Environmental Resources Element revision update: Briefing on schedule for Environmental Resources Element update including POSAC in January and Planning Commission in the next two months. Informational Item – No Action Requested. Public testimony was not taken.
Date: January 16, 2013
Documents: Staff Report for Planning Commission for January 16, 2013

Past Comprehensive Plan Update Community Meetings

Date

Location

August 30, 2011 Allenspark Fire Station
August 31, 2011 Nederland Community Center
September 14, 2011 Boulder Recycling Center
September 21, 2011 Lafayette Library
September 26, 2011 Longmont – Parks and Open Space
October 5, 2011 Niwot – Left Hand Grange
November 15, 2011 Open House - County Courthouse

 

Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Update Documents


    Get familiar with the Comp Plan: Comp Plan Overview


    How has Boulder County changed? Growth and Planning in Boulder County since 1950



    Contact for this Docket

    Pete Fogg, Denise Grimm, and Bill Davidson
    Email: planner@bouldercounty.org
    Phone: 303-441-3930


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