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DC-18-0006: General Code Clean-up

DC-18-0006: General Code Clean-up Amendments

Approval and Adoption

The Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2019-52 on June 18, 2019, approving Boulder County Land Use Docket DC-18-0006 General Code Clean Up Text Amendments, effective June 18, 2019.

Past Public Meetings

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing, May 14, 2019

On May 14, 2019, staff presented proposed text amendments to the Land Use Code to address clerical mistakes, outdated references and terminology, and minor changes to clarify code provisions and improve processes, including topics concerning docket sign posting, adding email as a method of notification, referral requirements for Variances reduced to 15 days, post-approval requirements for Vacations increased to one-year deadline, clarification for Kennel use, addition of the definition of a carport, updating references to the Environmental Resources Element, and clarifications to the setback and grading definitions, among other clarifications. The Board of County Commissioners voted (2-0) to approve the proposed amendments as presented in the staff report for May 14, 2019. View the hearing video.

Planning Commission Public Hearing, April 17, 2019

On April 17, 2019, staff presented to Planning Commission draft proposed text amendments to the Land Use Code to address clerical mistakes, outdated references and terminology, and minor changes to clarify code provisions and improve processes. Planning Commission voted (7-0) to approve and recommend that the Board of County Commissioners approve the proposed Land Use Code text amendments as presented in the staff report for April 17, 2019. View the hearing video.

Background

On Oct. 4, 2018, the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to pursue text amendments to the Land Use Code as part of a General Code Clean-up. The Code is in need of amendment to address grammar and clerical mistakes, outdated references and terminology (e.g., following updates to Boulder County Comprehensive Plan elements), and minor changes to clarify code provisions and improve processes. Staff gathered information for the proposed clean-up through meetings, internal communications, and a record of historical interpretations.

Many changes are minor text corrections, while others involved inserting missing words which are critical to conveying the content clearly, or replacing or removing language which has become antiquated with procedural changes within the department and other County agencies. Additionally, staff added clarifying language to the Code, which demonstrates the intent and historic interpretations of the Code.

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