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Land Use Planning Commission (PC)

Land Use Planning Commission (PC)

The Boulder County Planning Commission (PC) conducts public hearings and takes action on Land Use Code Updates and Development Applications Under Review and advises the County Commissioners of those actions and on planning matters. The PC has statutory responsibility to make, adopt, and amend the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.

The commission also has a role in reviewing and acting on revisions and amendments to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan as authorized under the four-body intergovernmental agreement between the City of Boulder and Boulder County.

See Guidelines for Planning Commission Hearings for more information and meeting protocol.

Meeting Schedule

The Planning Commission usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room on the third floor of the downtown County Courthouse building, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado. View the Planning Commission agenda for meeting times.

Monthly Meeting Agenda

The Planning Commission meeting has been canceled for January 15, 2020. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on February 19, 2020.

Joint Study Session

Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission Joint Study Session on Telecommunications Planning Topics – Oct. 15, 2019

At the July 17, 2019 Planning Commission (PC) meeting PC requested a joint study session with the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to address the following topics:

  1. Understanding the relationship between height, density, and emissions for macro-cells and small cells;
  2. Feasibility, analysis, and incentives for co-location;
  3. Third party verification; and
  4. Small Cell Wireless Facilities Design Requirements and Guidelines associated with proposed Small Cell Wireless Code provisions (Docket DC-19-0001).

The study session outcomes will inform potential changes to the Design Requirements and Guidelines that staff will present to the BOCC when seeking approval for the proposed Code provisions for Docket DC-19-0001: Proposed Boulder County Land Use Code Amendments to Article 4-514 Small Cell Telecommunication Facilities. The session will also help identify additional steps that may be appropriate regarding potential future policy or Land Use Code amendments related to telecommunications.
Action Requested: None. Information item only. Public testimony will not be taken at this time. Written comments on Docket DC-19-0001 may be submitted via the Ask a Planner form.
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, Third Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder
Documents: Staff report for Oct. 15, 2019

Past Meeting Videos, Agendas and Information Packets

Live streaming and archiving of Planning Commission meetings and hearings began on Nov. 16, 2016. Archived video recordings are available on the Boulder County Open Meeting Portal.

Joint Study Session, March 5, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission held a joint study session on March 5, 2019 concerning the E-Bike Pilot Study for Open Space Trails.

2018-2019 Past Agendas and Minutes

2017 Past Agendas and Minutes

Public Meeting: Planning Commission Subcommittee Consideration of input for draft Boulder County Regional Affordable Housing Strategic Plan – Sept. 7, 2017

Planning Commission was presented with an overview of the Draft Boulder County Regional Affordable Housing Strategic Plan in May. The plan is currently undergoing revision based on input from stakeholders. At its August meeting Planning Commission determined it would like to submit comments on the draft plan as an entity and decided to hold a subcommittee meeting to discuss topics in greater depth. At the September 20 Planning Commission meeting the subcommittee reported back on outcomes and provided a draft of comments for the Planning Commission to finalize prior to submitting. View more information about the draft plan.
Meeting Materials:

2016 Past Agendas and Minutes

2015 Past Agendas and Minutes

2014 Past Agendas and Minutes

For older Planning Commission agendas, please submit a request via the Ask a Planner Form.

Current Members

Appointed Volunteer Participants (Citizens)

  • Mark Bloomfield
  • Sam Fitch
  • Lieschen Gargano (chair)
  • Ann Goldfarb (vice-chair)
  • Daniel Hilton
  • Sam Libby (2nd vice-chair)
  • Gavin McMillan
  • Melanie Nieske
  • Todd Quigley

Staff Participants

  • Dale Case, Director
  • Richard Hackett, Communications Specialist
  • Kim Sanchez, Sr. Chief Planner
  • Nicole Wobus, Long Range Planning Manager
  • Others as needed

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Contact Us

Community Planning & Permitting (formerly the Land Use Dept.)

Email: Ask a Planner Form
Main: 303-441-3930
Fax: 303-441-4856

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M, W, Th, F (Building permits can be applied for and issued until 4 p.m.)
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (For Planning and Zoning services only)
The Building Safety & Inspection Services office is closed on Tuesday.
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Mailing Address

PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306