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Niwot Design Review Committee

The Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting office at 2045 13th St., Boulder is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are available on Tuesday but are not required. Schedule an appointment.

Niwot Design Review Committee

Meeting Schedule

The Niwot Design Review Committee is authorized to hold meetings on an as needed basis and may adopt official bylaws for the conduct and procedures of its meetings.

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 2023 at 1 p.m.

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Agenda: NDRC Meeting Agenda, May 1, 2023

  1. Referral
    Sign Colors for BMO Bank at 97 2nd Avenue

    Request: Approval of proposed colors for a sign permit at 97 2nd Avenue that are not pre-approved in the Niwot Rural Community District I under the Land Use Code Per Article 4-116A.E.8 of the Land Use Code.
    Applicant: The application is submitted by Carissa Shafer c/o Pioneer Bank of Longmont.
    Location: The subject property is in the Niwot Rural Community District I (NRCD I) and Rural Residential (RR) zoning districts at 97 2nd Avenue, on the southwest corner of the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Murray Street, in Section 25, Township 2N, Range 70W of the 6th Principal Meridian.

Detailed information regarding these items is available online at or you may contact the Community Planning & Permitting Department ( / 303-441-3930) to request application materials or view them at our office (2045 13th Street, Boulder) during our open public hours. Please note that the NDRC agenda is subject to change.

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Past Public Meetings

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Documents: NDRC Meeting Agenda, February 8, 2023:

Agenda Items included:

  1. Referrals
    3.1. Docket SPR-23-0005: Niles Commercial Structure
    Public testimony will be taken.
    Request: Site Plan Review application for construction of a commercial structure on an approximately 0.16-acre parcel at 364 2nd Ave in the Niwot Rural Community District I (NRCD I).
    Location: 364 2nd Avenue, Lots 19-20 Block 26 Niwot, in Section 25, T2N, R70W of the 6th Principal Meridian
    Zoning: Niwot Rural Community District I (NRCD I) Zoning District
    Owner/Applicant: Ashley Niles Properties LLC
    Action Requested: Recommendation to Staff

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting, Nov. 9, 2022

Documents: Revised NDRC Meeting Agenda, November 9, 2022

Agenda Items included:

  1. Referral
    Mural Colors at 291 2nd Avenue
    Request: The Committee will meet to discuss and determine the appropriateness of the proposed colors for a mural at 291 2nd Ave that have not been pre-approved, per the Land Use Code.
    Location: 291 2nd Avenue, Section 25, Township 2N, Range 70W
    Zoning: Niwot Rural Community District I (NRCD1)
    Applicant/Property Owner: John Fisher
  2. Other Business
    Staff Training & Discussion – County staff will discuss the legal roles and functions of the committee, their responsibilities as a public board, and ask for feedback on public noticing of future hearings and other issues.
    Future Meetings – Staff liaison for the Committee will discuss the scheduling of future meetings for the remainder of the calendar

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting, August 10, 2022

Agenda Items included:
Docket SPR-22-TBD: 364 2nd Avenue
Request: Demolition of the existing building at 364 2nd Avenue and the construction of a new mixed use building.
Documents: NDRC Meeting Agenda August 10, 2022

Historic Preservation Advisory Board Subcommittee Meeting, April 23, 2020

Boulder County Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) and Niwot Design Review Committee (NDRC). Agenda Items included:
Certificate of Appropriateness/Historic Preservation Grant: CA-20-0005: Old Town Niwot Historic District – new sign for Niwot Blacksmith building
Documents: Subcommittee Meeting Notice, April 23, 2020

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting, Feb. 18, 2020

Public meeting of the Niwot Design Review Committee. Agenda Items included:

  1. Appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair
  2. Preliminary Review of Redevelopment Plans for 210 Franklin St., Niwot, by applicant Terry Palmos.
    Boulder County requires applicants to schedule and hold a meeting with the Niwot Design Review Committee (NDRC) prior to submitting the application to Community Planning & Permitting for development, which triggers Site Plan Review, Special Review, or other planning review process. The purpose of this engagement is to provide sufficient opportunity for public comment on development plans, and for the applicant to listen to and address, as reasonable, the NDRC and community’s concerns and recommendations related to the proposed development.
  3. Adoption of By-Laws

Documents: Information packet for proposed Redevelopment Plans for 210 Franklin St.

Niwot Design Review Committee Public Meeting, Feb. 11, 2020

Kick-off meeting for new members of the Niwot Design Review Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities

The committee’s primary role is to act as a referral agency for proposals within the Niwot Rural Community District I (NRCD I). The committee does not have legal authority to grant Certificates of Appropriateness. However, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) shall consider the committee’s recommendation as well as other public testimony in decisions pertaining to the historic district.

Member Selection

The Niwot Design Review Committee consists of 5 members. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and the selection process will be completed with the intent to include representatives of the Niwot Business Association, the Niwot Community Association, the Niwot Historical Society, at least one member of the HPAB, and members of the community who have lived or worked in the community for more than five years.


  • Satir DeMarco, Vice-chair
  • Jason Emery
  • Will Hentschel
  • Katherine Koehler
  • Bruce Larsen, Chair


Members shall serve three-year terms, and no member may serve more than three consecutive terms.


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