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Planning Commission (PC)

Planning Commission (PC)

Planning Commission Public Meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.

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Boulder County Planning Commission meetings are convened in a hybrid format where attendees can join through Zoom or participate in-person at the Downtown Boulder County Courthouse, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder. In-person speaker registration is available starting at 1 p.m. at the hearing.

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View the Boulder County Planning Commission agenda, Feb. 21, 2024

Agenda Items:

  1. Docket V-23-0002: Frick Vacation
    Public testimony will be taken
    Request: Request to vacate portions of the alley rights-of-way that bisect 940 Eldorado Avenue (Parcel 158320011003) and 0 Bryan Avenue (Parcel 158320016003) as well as the portion of Spencer Avenue that divides the two parcels.
    Location: 940 Eldorado Avenue, on the south side of Eldorado Avenue approximately 300 feet west of the intersection of Eldorado Avenue and 9th Street in the Eldora Townsite.
    Zoning: Forestry (F) Zoning District
    Applicants/Owners: Robert J. Frick & Carol A. Flowers
    Agenda and Staff Packet: Docket V-23-0002: Frick Vacation
    Action Requested: Recommendation to BOCC
    Staff Planner: Sam Walker
  2. Docket DC-24-0001: Text Amendment to the Land Use Code related to Temporary Fireworks Sales
    Public testimony will be taken.
    Text Amendments to the Land Use Code related to Article 4-517.H Temporary Fireworks and Christmas Tree Sales use, removing Temporary Fireworks Sales as an allowed use in the Code.
    Agenda and Staff Packet: Docket DC-23-0001: Text Amendment to the Land Use Code related to Temporary Fireworks Sales, Feb 21, 2024
    Action Requested: Recommendation to BOCC
    Staff Planner: Cayley Byrne
  3. Docket Z-23-0002: Lyons Area Zoning Map Amendment
    Public testimony will be taken.
    Comprehensive Zoning Amendment to the Boulder County Zoning Map, rezoning of higher intensity (Commercial, Business, Transitional, and General Industrial) zone districts within a three-mile radius of the Town of Lyons in unincorporated Boulder County.
    Agenda and Staff Packet: Docket Z-23-0002: Lyons Area Zoning Map Amendment, Feb. 21, 2024
    Action Requested: Recommendation to BOCC
    Staff Planner: Hannah Hippely

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Planning Commission Information

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.

Past Meeting Videos, Agendas and Information Packets

Video recordings of Planning Commission meetings held since April 15, 2020, are posted to the Community Planning & Permitting YouTube channel. Live streaming and archiving of Planning Commission meetings began on Nov. 16, 2016, and are available on the Boulder County Open Meeting Portal.

Past Special Sessions and Subcommittee Meetings

Joint Study Session. Oct. 15, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission held a Joint Study Session on Telecommunications Planning Topics on Oct. 15, 2019. Planning Commission (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 informed changes to the Design Requirements and Guidelines that staff presented 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 also helped identify additional steps that may be appropriate regarding potential future policy or Land Use Code amendments related to telecommunications.
Documents: Staff report for Oct. 15, 2019

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.

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:

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

Current Members

Appointed Volunteer Participants (Citizens)

  • Gavin McMillan, Chair (term ends Feb. 28, 2027)
  • Mark Bloomfield, Vice Chair (term ends Feb. 28, 2027)
  • Conor Canaday (term ends Feb. 28, 2025)
  • George Gerstle (term ends Feb. 28, 2026)
  • Ann Goldfarb (term ends Feb. 28, 2025)
  • Sam Libby (term ends Feb. 28, 2026)
  • Rachel Lee (term ends Feb. 28, 2027)
  • Chris Whitney (term ends Feb. 28, 2025)

Staff Participants

  • Dale Case, Director
  • Kim Sanchez, Deputy Director – Planning
  • Hannah Hippely, Long Range Planning Manager
  • Richard Hackett, Communications Specialist
  • Others as needed

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

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Boulder, CO 80302


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