Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update (BVCP-15-0001)

BVCP-15-0001: Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update

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Overview

Since the 1970s, Boulder County and the City of Boulder have jointly adopted the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) to guide planning and development in the city and surrounding area. Every five years the BVCP is updated to reflect changing conditions and community values. Initial scoping for the BVCP 2015 Update began in late 2014, and the update process is expected to continue through mid-2017. The update is addressing a wide range of topics to ensure the plan provides a relevant vision as Boulder Valley looks ahead to the next 15 year planning horizon. Topics addressed in this update include resilience, energy and climate, housing mix and location, among others.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Meetings will be posted as scheduled. Please visit the city’s website for additional BVCP city meetings.

Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) Meeting – April 27, 2017

POSAC will review site suitability analysis and issues related to open space values for the portion of the University of Colorado Boulder’s (CU) South Campus property (“CU South”) currently designated as “Open Space – Other” (OS-O). This discussion follows a study session with the City of Boulder Planning Board on April 6, a study session with City Council on April 11, and a discussion and recommendation with the city’s Open Space Board of Trustee’s (OSBT) on April 12. In accordance with the BVCP, POSAC and OSBT have a responsibility to review changes to the comprehensive plan that affect an area designated as Open Space. Staff welcomes input from POSAC to inform land use designation changes for the property as part of the BVCP Major Update. View the POSAC meeting agenda for April 27, 2017.
Action Requested: Information Only (No public comments will be taken)
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder


Past Meetings

Study Session – Board of County Commissioners & Boulder County Planning Commission – April 19, 2017

A study session with the County Commissioners and Planning Commission was held to provide input on the BVCP Draft Plan and key policy areas.
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Open Office Hours for BVCP and Inclusionary Housing – April 5 and 13, 2017

Open office hours were offered to provide opportunities for community members to receive information and provide specific feedback on multiple projects related to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Update and Inclusionary Housing program. These informal drop-in events offered the chance learn more and provide specific feedback one-on-one with city and county staff.

More information about these topics:

  • BVCP – The 2015 update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan is nearing completion. Proposed changes reflect community input and preferences on a wide range of policy areas including: housing affordability and diversity, managed growth – future jobs and housing, resilience, subcommunity and area planning, and more. Community members are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft plan through April 21. Adoption hearings are scheduled starting in May. For more information, visit www.bouldervalleycompplan.net to view the draft plan and access the online feedback form.
  • Inclusionary Housing – The city’s inclusionary housing program has demonstrated considerable success since 2000, but new challenges are prompting an update to the program. The city is considering adding a middle income requirement, incentivizing more on-site affordable development, and other minor changes. City staff are requesting feedback these initial concepts from the community. For more information, visit www.HousingBoulder.net to view the March 21 City Council Study Session materials.

Study Session – Board of County Commissioners – April 5, 2017

The Board of County Commissioners held a study session to for topics related to the renewal of the Comprehensive Development Plan Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Boulder and Boulder County, which is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.
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Open House – April 3, 2017

An open house provided opportunities for community members to receive information and provide specific feedback on multiple projects related to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Update and the city’s Inclusionary Housing program. Information on the following items was available at this open house:

  • Draft Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan – After more than two years of community dialogue, the initial draft of the update to the Comp Plan is now complete. Following input from community members and at study sessions in April, staff will prepare a revised draft plan for adoption. City and county bodies are scheduled to adopt the plan update this summer.
  • 3303 Broadway – Share your thoughts about a staff recommendation for land use changes for 3303, 3345, 3505 – 3517 Broadway and 1160 – 1194 Juniper Ave.
  • Inclusionary Housing Program – Learn how the current program works and share your thoughts about potential updates aimed at increasing affordable housing in Boulder.
  • CU South – Learn more about the CU South project, including an updated suitability analysis. Provide input about potential future uses and guidelines for the property’s future. City staff will also be available to answer questions about the South Boulder Creek Flood Mitigation Study as it relates to the CU property.

Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting – February 23, 2017

  • 3261 3rd Street land use designation changes under consideration. The BOCC reconsidered its Sep. 27, 2016 decision regarding the land use designation of this property (Land Use Change Request #25). The item has been presented for reconsideration due to a change in circumstances related to the location of the Blue Line. The Board of County Commissioners approved the changes to 3261 3rd Street.
  • Additional policy updates and updates on other BVCP topics. Staff provided additional information on BVCP policy updates under consideration. Action requested: None. Study session only.

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Planning Commission Public Meeting – February 15, 2017

  • A study session was held on the key policy choices related to land use and jobs-housing balance. Staff provided background and updates on recent analysis on scenarios, results from a second survey, directions toward land use changes, and city decision-makers’ input on housing and land use policy alternatives.
  • Planning Commission reconsidered its previous land use and area map change decision for 3261 3rd Street (Request #25) due to a change in circumstances related to the location of the blue line. Planning Commission voted (9-0) to approve the staff-recommended map changes.
  • Planning Commission reconsidered its September 21, 2016 decision to change the land use map designation for the parcels at 6655 Twin Lakes Road, 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kalua Road (Requests # 35 and #36). Planning Commission voted (5-4) to not change the current land use designations.

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Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting – January 31, 2017

  • 3261 3rd Street land use map change, decision to reconsider. BOCC made a determination of whether to reconsider a previous land use designation change decision for this property due to a change in circumstances related to the location of the blue line (Land Use Change Request #29). The Board voted 3-0 to reconsider.
  • Key policy choices related to land use and jobs-housing balance. Staff provided background and updates on recent analysis on scenarios, results from a second survey, directions toward land use changes, and city decision-makers’ input on housing and land use policy alternatives.Study session only.
  • CU South site suitability. Staff provided background on recent site suitability studies and exploration of appropriate land use for the property and issues to address.Study session only.

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Planning Commission Public Meeting – January 18, 2017

Land Use Change Requests – Reconsideration of the Twin Lakes Decision
Planning Commission took input on the Sept. 21, 2016 decision to change the land use map designation for the parcels at 6655 Twin Lakes Road, 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kahlua Road (Requests # 35 and #36). Staff presented an addendum to the original August 30 staff recommendation. The focus of discussion was requested to be new information that may inform Planning Commission’s decision. Specifically, Planning Commissioners expressed interest in the following topics: appropriate width and location of a wildlife corridor; infrastructure and services available in the area, and how the city and county would address potential impacts of development; considerations related to land use designation categories, and options that would result in housing density in between the existing low and medium density residential categories. Public testimony was taken.

Action requested: None. Public hearing only. Decision to be held at the Feb. 15, 2017 Planning Commission meeting.
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Planning Commission Public Meeting – December 21, 2016

Public Meeting – Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan General Updates
Staff reviewed the latest schedule and provided general status updates for the2015 Major Update. In particular, staff presented information and field questions related to: Planning Commission reconsideration schedule for the Twin Lakes parcels, CU South Land Use change deliberation schedule and status, Trails Map and related policy discussion, the status of the second community survey, and job and housing balance scenarios which are the focus of community forums taking place through early 2017. Public testimony was not taken.
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Public Hearing – Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Policy Updates
Staff continued the November discussion of BVCP policy updates, with a focus on sections 4 (Energy and Climate), 5 (Economy), and 6 (Transportation). Staff provided an update on Section 7 (Housing), as well as sections discussed at the November Planning Commission meeting. Planning Commission held discussion and provided feedback following public testimony.
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Planning Commission Public Hearing – November 16, 2016

Staff reviewed the policy update process underway as part of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Five Year Major Update, and highlighted key items proposed for revision. Direction and feedback from PC was requested and taken. Public testimony was taken. Docket BVCP-15-0001 was agenda item #4.
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Planning Commission Public Meeting – October 19, 2016

Staff reviewed the policy update process underway as part of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Five Year Major Update, Planning Commission members had the opportunity to ask questions of staff, discuss topics of interest, and provide recommendations for changes to the current proposed policy updates. Discussion item only. No public testimony was taken.
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Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting – September 27, 2016

Deliberation and decisions by the Board of County Commissioners took place on Tuesday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m. No further public testimony was taken.

Planning Commission Public Meeting- September 21, 2016

Deliberation and decisions by the Planning Commission took place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. at 1:30 p.m. No further public testimony was taken.

Joint Planning Commission, Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing – August 30 , 2016

Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission Public Hearing On August 30, 2016, a joint Public Hearing of the Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission was held to consider staff recommendations and public comment related to three Land Use Change Requests in Area II and III of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan.

Twin Lakes Stakeholder Group

Two alternative proposals for changing the land use designation of parcels located on Twin Lakes Road in Gunbarrel were part of the Twin Lakes Stakeholder Group facilitated discussion process, which met seven times from April-July 2016. The facilitation process brought together three parties: the Twin Lakes Action Group, the Boulder County Housing Authority and the Boulder Valley School District.

Objectives of the discussions, per a Boulder City Council motion, were to: 1) jointly recommend areas of expertise and the selection of experts to inform the desired land use patterns for the area, 2) jointly recommend the appropriate range of potential housing units for the parcels, with consideration to intensity and community benefit, and 3) ultimately recommend a timeline for formulating a set of guiding principles to inform next steps.

Planning Commission Study Session Public Meeting – June 15, 2016

Staff provided an update to the Boulder County Planning Commission in a public meeting study session on June 15, 2016, on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Major Five Year Update – Phase 3 activities and next steps.

View BVCP-15-0001: Staff report to Planning Commission for June 15, 2016.

Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners joint Public Hearing and Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting – January 26, 2016

The Boulder County Planning Commission and County Commissioners met in a public hearing joint session on January 26, 2016, to hear change requests and staff’s recommendations. Public testimony was taken, followed by Planning Commission deliberation and motions/votes.

The joint hearing was webstreamed and archived (select Event Bookmark 27), and the audio file of the Planning Commission deliberation is available as an MP3 file. On January 27, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners held deliberation and took motions/votes in a public meeting. The public meeting was webstreamed and archived.

BVCP-15-0001 Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners Decisions – January 26 and 27, 2016

BVCP-15-0001: Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners Decisions – January 26 and 27, 2016
Note: Items not voted-on by Planning Commission or BOCC did not move forward for further study.
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Planning Commission/Planning Board Joint Study Session – September 17, 2015

On September 17, 2015, a joint study session was held to provide an update to the City Planning Board and the County Planning Commission on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan update work to date and receive feedback on the foundations work (i.e., Trends Report, baseline data, projections, fact sheets, and mapping); the Land Use Request process; the August 31st Community Conversation and Kickoff at Chautauqua; the revised focused topics for the plan update; and next steps. The joint meeting also provided an opportunity for the two boards to converse together about the BVCP update. This meeting was a discussion item, no action was requested. Public testimony was not taken.
Planning Commission/Planning Board Joint Study Session agenda for September 17, 2015

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing – August 4, 2015

On August 4, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners were presented an update on the community kickoff, trends report, proposed survey, other foundations work, and upcoming events related to this Five Year Update. No action requested.
Staff report to Board of County Commissioners, August 4, 2015

Planning Commission Public Meeting – July 15, 2015

On July 15, 2015, the Planning Commission held a study session to provide an update on the community kickoff, trends report, proposed survey, other foundations work, and upcoming events related to this Five Year Update. This was a discussion item, no action was requested, and public testimony was not taken.
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Board of County Commissioners Study Session – April 30, 2015

On April 30, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners held a study session on the public engagement plan and BVCP Update foundational elements with the City of Boulder Community Development & Sustainability Department and the Boulder County Land Use Department. View the study session (select event bookmark 11).
Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Major Five Year Update, Staff Report for April 30, 2015

Boulder County Planning Commission and City Of Boulder Planning Board Joint Meeting – April 16, 2015

On April 16, 2015, a public meeting was held on Community Engagement Plan, Work Plan, and Update on Foundations Work. The purpose of this joint study session was to provide an update to the City Planning Board and the County Planning Commission on the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) work to date and receive feedback on the overall work plan with emphasis on foundations work; the Community Engagement Plan ideas; and preliminary ideas and issues to address in the BVCP update. The joint meeting also provided an opportunity for the two boards to converse together in the early stages of the 2015 update. This was a discussion item, no action requested. Public testimony was not taken. The meeting was broadcast live on Boulder Channel 8 and streamed on BoulderChannel8.com. View the recorded meeting on the City of Boulder website.

Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission Joint Study Session – November 3, 2014

On November 3, 2014, a joint study session was held to provide an opportunity for Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners to jointly review and discuss the 2015 Major Five Year Update of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and to provide feedback to the City’s consultant regarding potential process and scope for the Update. Assessment and Options for Scope of Work Presentation by Clarion Associates, consultant for the city, on the Scope of Work assignment which includes deliverables covering:

  • Summary of current BVCP status, history, and policy directions
  • Best practices for comprehensive plans
  • Key themes from community, staff, and leadership input
  • Analysis of current plan strengths and weaknesses

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Public Comment

All public comments received related to the land use designation change requests are posted here, organized by date range. (Note: A new online comment form became the official channel for submitting public comments starting Dec. 1, 2016.*)

Comments received since December 1, 2016

Comments received prior to December 1, 2016

* Some Planning Commissioners have opted to receive automatic emails of comments submitted through the online comment form. Other Planning Commissioners have opted to view compiled sets of public comments only. Planning Commissioners received a full compilation of comments received since their original Sept. 21, 2016 decision for the Jan. 18, 2017 reconsideration hearing for the Twin Lakes parcels through the close of the hearing.

New public comment submission form

Boulder County is using an automated online submittal form for public comments related to the BVCP 2015 Update process. This will be the official channel for submitting comments for the BVCP Update process. Only comments submitted through the form will be sent directly to those Planning Commissioners who have opted to receive them. Staff will still compile comments submitted by email, regular mail or dropped off at the office. However, the best way to ensure that your comment is easily accessible to county decision makers is to submit using the online form below.

***NOTE:*** The Boulder County Planning Commission officially closed the hearing and comment period for the Twin Lakes Road land use map designation change requests at the conclusion of the January 18, 2017 Planning Commission hearing. Planning Commission will no longer receive or consider comments about the Twin Lakes Road land use map designation change requests for the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update. Comments received on this topic after the close of the January 18, 2017 hearing will not be added to the Planning Commission public record for this docket.

Land Use Change Requests

When the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan is updated every five years, members of the community can request changes to the land use or area designations of properties and to policies and text. For this update, there were requests to change the land use or area designation for 30 properties and eight requests for policy and text changes.

Status Summary

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Planning Commission (PC) held a joint public hearing on August 30, 2016 to consider staff recommendations and public comments related to four land use change requests as part of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Major Update. (The hearing was webstreamed and archived.) The Planning Commission held a public meeting on Sept. 21, 2016 to deliberate and decide on the Land Use Change Requests staff recommendations, and the Board of County Commissioners decided on these matters on September 27, 2016. Listen to the Sept. 21 Planning Commission meeting audio and the September 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting recording (choose Event Bookmark #9).

The Aug. 30 and Sept. 21 agendas included requests for Land Use Changes at: 3261 3rd Street (Request #25), 2801 Jay Road (Request #29), and 6655 and 6500 Twin Lakes Rd., 0 Kalua Road (Requests #35 and #36). The request related to 2801 Jay Road (Request #29) withdrew from this process following the September 21 Planning Commission meeting. Therefore, the Board of County Commissioners made decisions on the 3261 3rd Street and Twin Lakes requests. Both Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of the staff recommendation for these items, with additional recommendations to the remaining decision making bodies. The Planning Commission decided at its October 19 meeting (listen to Oct. 19 meeting audio) to reconsider its decision regarding the Twin Lakes requests (Requests #35 and #36).

Twin Lakes (Requests #35 and #36) Status Update

Planning Commission reconsidered this item on January 18, and February 15, 2017. Planning Commission reconsidered its September 21, 2016 decision to change the land use map designation for the parcels at 6655 Twin Lakes Road, 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kalua Road (Requests #35 and #36). Planning Commission voted (5-4) to not change the current land use designations.

Please see the link to Twin Lakes (above) for more information about the Twin Lakes land use change requests.

3261 3rd Street Status Update

Both Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of staff’s original recommendation to change the Area II / III boundary to coincide with the location of the blue line as it existed at the time the request was submitted, along with a change to an Open Space-Other designation for the area west of the proposed Area II/III boundary. The county decision makers’ votes took place in September, before a November ballot initiative in which voters approved amendments to the location of the blue line. The amended blue line would be located at the western edge of the property. Due to the changed circumstances staff and the requestor proposed an alternative location for the Area II/III boundary prior to the city decision making bodies’ hearings on this matter. Both the City of Boulder Planning Board and City Council decided in favor of staff’s revised recommendation. As a result, this item will return to the county decision making bodies for reconsideration in early 2017. For more information, see the staff report to City Council for their Dec. 13, 2016 meeting.

Change Requests that did not receive approval for further study

For more information about all change requests, including those that were not approved for further study, see the interactive map of Areas II and III with photos and details such as the address, parcel size, current land use and a description of the proposed change.

Policy Updates and Land Use Scenarios

Policy Updates

One task of this update is to align policies in the plan with master plans and programs approved by the City of Boulder and Boulder County since the 2010 update was completed. Staff has worked with city and county advisory boards including the Planning Board, Open Space Board of Trustees, Transportation Advisory Board, and the county’s Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee to create drafts reflecting possible changes. Staff has also worked with the community on updates to the policies. Go to the City of Boulder’s BVCP Policy Integration page to review draft policy updates and to learn more about next steps. You can also check out the City of Boulder’s BVCP Get Involved page for information on upcoming events.

Land Use Scenarios

Another important aspect of any major update is assessing whether the land use designation map and policies (i.e., built form, housing, etc.) are still serving the community, or whether adjustments are necessary to respond to current conditions and trends. Through the past year of community engagement, the project has honed in on focus areas and key choices related to land use including:

  • Housing affordability and diversity
  • Balance of future jobs and housing
  • Climate change, energy and resilience
  • Urban design and community benefits
  • Addressing local needs (e.g., through area and subcommunity planning)

The citywide scenarios are aimed at addressing those focus areas and objectives of this update and the plan’s sustainable urban form policies. Building from earlier work to identify “opportunity areas” in the community – centers, corridors, industrial/innovation areas, three major concepts are being explored in the scenarios to address a range of potential future housing (and jobs/housing balance).

For more information about the Land Use Scenarios, please visit the city’s Focus Areas page.

Upcoming Policy Updates Meetings

Meeting will be posted as scheduled.

Past Policy Updates Meetings

Planning Commission Public Hearing, December 21, 2016

Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Policy Updates
Staff continued the November discussion of BVCP policy updates, with a focus on sections 4 (Energy and Climate), 5 (Economy), and 6 (Transportation). Staff also provided an update on Section 7 (Housing), as well as sections discussed at the November Planning Commission meeting. Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss and provide feedback following public testimony. Public Testimony was taken. (Staff Planners: Nicole Wobus-Long Range Planning Manager, Amy Oeth-Planner II, Boulder County)
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See the City of Boulder BVCP page for a full listing of upcoming meetings related to policy updates, as well as the BVCP as a whole.

CU South – Consideration of Potential Land Use Designation Changes

Located in unincorporated Boulder County, CU Boulder South is a 308-acre parcel owned by CU Boulder that is immediately south of the RTD Table Mesa Park-n-Ride. The city, with its consultants, has concluded an ecological study and a transportation access analysis as part of an overall suitability analysis for the property to help inform potential land use changes as part of the BVCP. These reports are available on the City of Boulder website.

County staff is currently reviewing available data regarding the suitability for different uses throughout the CU South site. County staff will provide city staff with input after this analysis is complete.

CU Boulder has no immediate plans to develop or sell the property. As part of the BVCP, changes to the land use designations on the site are being evaluated. The land use designations provide guidance for future annexation of the site into the city and the areas of the site appropriate for preservation and for development. More information about the project can be found on the City of Boulder website.

Public Comments on CU South

Key Facts about Twin Lakes

Throughout the proposed Land Use designation process for Twin Lakes parcels there have been many questions raised. Staff has combined information from previous staff reports, memos, and supplementary documents to provide key facts for the requested land use designation changes for these parcels.

View UPDATED Key Facts about the Twin Lakes Land Use Change Requests.

Additional information

Parcels of land totaling 20 acres (6655 and 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kalua Road) are the subject of two land use designation change requests still under consideration as part of the 2015 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Major Update process. The BVCP Land Use Designation Map defines the type of development, and the range of development intensity that can occur throughout the Boulder Valley. The parcels are located in Area II of the BVCP planning area, meaning that the BVCP identifies the parcels as eligible for annexation and development. This is part of the BVCP’s vision for creating an efficient development pattern that places housing close to existing infrastructure and helps to avoid sprawl.

What additional information would you like to know about the land use designation change requests in the Twin Lakes neighborhood? Staff welcomes comments and questions via the BVCP comment form. Comments prior to January 5, 2017 will inform a staff report to Planning Commission in advance of the January 18 reconsideration hearing on this matter. Comments are also assembled and shared with decision makers and on the BVCP-15-0001 docket webpage.

Reconsideration of Twin Lakes Decision – January 18, 2017 Planning Commission Public Hearing

At its Oct. 19, 2016 meeting, the Boulder County Planning Commission decided to reconsider its decision from September 2016 to approve a land use designation change for parcels on Twin Lakes Road in Gunbarrel (6655 and 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kalua Road). The reconsideration hearing took place on Jan. 18, 2017, as part of Planning Commission’s regular monthly meeting. The Planning Commission accepted both written and oral testimony on new information.

The Planning Commission officially closed the hearing and comment period for the Twin Lakes Road land use map designation change requests at the conclusion of the Jan. 18 Planning Commission hearing. Planning Commission will no longer receive or consider comments about the Twin Lakes Road land use map designation change requests for the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update. Comments received on this topic after the close of the Jan. 18, 2017 hearing will not be added to the Planning Commission public record for this docket.

Twin Lakes Planning Commission Reconsideration Decision – February 15, 2017

Planning Commission reconsidered its September 21, 2016 decision to change the land use designation on February 15, 2017. Planning Commission voted to deny staff’s recommendation regarding land use map changes for 6655 Twin Lakes Road, 6500 Twin Lakes Road, and 0 Kalua road.
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See City of Boulder Schedule of Hearings or the City BVCP Calendar to view the land use change request hearings and open houses schedule.

Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan documents and links


Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Update Process

The Four Phases of the 2015 BVCP Update

The BVCP update has four main phases, each with community dialogue and engagement. The plan update is currently in Phase 4.

Phase 1 — Foundations/Community Engagement Plan (complete). The foundations (technical) work that was completed in the first phase has been used extensively in community outreach and is available on the project webpage.

Phase 2 — Issues Identification (complete). Phase 2 focused on collaboration with the community to refine and solidify priority issues to be addressed in the update through 2016. This phase included the survey, a series of check-ins with boards and commissions, and six local listening sessions in the community.

Phase 3 — Plan Analysis and Updated Policies and Maps (underway). As with the first two phases, Phase 3 will entail multiple opportunities for community engagement. The planning team will develop choices and analysis, do the “housekeeping” updates, and write policy refinements and additions to better align the plan with other master plans and adopted city and county policies. Additionally, during this phase, the planning team will advance the 3D modeling and visualization tools to help convey options, scenarios, and tradeoffs and do further research and analysis to support a community conversation. Gaps in metrics to measure plan outcomes will be identified, and the full set of measurements further refined. Finally, the Land Use Plan and Area maps will be updated, reflecting input and analysis from the public request process as well as the scenario analysis.

Phase 4 — Draft Plan and IGA (Spring 2017 – Summer 2017). Phase 4 will synthesize all the previous phase deliverables into a draft plan for consideration/adoption, again with opportunities for public review and engagement. Additionally, the “Comprehensive Development Plan Intergovernmental Agreement” (IGA) between the city and county (valid through Dec. 31, 2017) will need to be updated.

Change requests and “two body” and “four body” review

Boulder’s City Council and Planning Board and Boulder County’s Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission are responsible for changes to the comprehensive plan. Together, they are the four bodies in the four body review process. For details about the review process, please consult the City of Boulder FAQ Regarding the Change Request Process.

Requests that affect only the City of Boulder, such as changes to land use designations of properties within Boulder’s city limits (known as Area I), must be approved by the Boulder City Council and Planning Board.

Policy changes that affect both the city and county must be approved by all four bodies. So are requests to change the land use designations of properties that are in unincorporated Boulder County, which is known as Area II and Area III. During the initial screening process, any one of the four bodies could decide that a change request did not merit further study.

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