National Community Planning Month

October Is National Community Planning Month

Join us in October for activities that explore how planning benefits the community and helps make Boulder County awesome!

American Planning Association (APA) National Community Planning Month logo

October is National Community Planning Month. Planning is the process of envisioning, mapping or otherwise conceiving of how a community will look, grow, and define itself, and much of what makes Boulder County a special place has been the result of decades of careful planning. From where you live, to how you commute, to the type of home you live in, planning helps shape the community around us.

Planning Highlights Bike Tour – Oct. 18, 2019

Boulder County and City of Boulder planning staff hosted a guided bike tour to showcase examples of community planning in action on Oct. 18, 2019. Participants learned how land use planning, transportation planning, open space preservation, housing, and historic preservation shape our community. View the tour information.

This event offered Certification Maintenance credits for planners through the American Institute of Certified Planners. The Certification Maintenance (CM) program links certified planners to training opportunities that keep them up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. It also strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.

Davidson Mesa Open Space was featured as part of a National Community Planning Month bike tour

Background

October is designated as National Community Planning Month by the American Planning Association as a way to highlight the role of planners and planning in each community. The month-long celebration is an opportunity to recognize how planning shapes Boulder County, and the work of planners and the planning profession in creating communities of lasting value.

As our communities continue to change and grow, planners play an important role in ensuring that new developments are designed and built in harmony with existing surroundings. Planners must carefully balance the needs and desires of residents against the challenges presented by growth and change not just in the physical realm, but also economically and socially. Planning also strives to give residents choices. From the type of home an individual lives in, such as a condominium, apartment, town home or single family, to how an individual gets around, whether taking mass transit, walking, bicycling or driving, planning helps ensure communities address the needs of everyone.

For more information, or if you have questions on planning in Boulder County, please call 303-441-3930, or email using the Ask a Planner form.

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