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Planning Commission (PC)

Planning Commission Public Meetings

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.

Planning Commission Public Meeting, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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View the Boulder County Planning Commission agenda, December 14, 2022

December 14, 2022 agenda items:

Docket V-22-0002: Peters Vacation
Public testimony will be taken
Request: Vacation request to vacate a portion of an existing public right of way and combine it with the existing parcel at 5377 Marshall Road.
Location: 5377 Marshall Road (Parcel no. 157721000010) approximately 0.30 miles northeast of the intersection of S Foothills Highway and Marshall Road, in Section 21, Township 1S, Range 70W.
Zoning: Rural Residential (RR) Zoning District
Applicant/Owner: Daniel Peters
Website: www.boco.org/V-22-0002
Action Requested: Recommendation to BOCC
Staff Planner: Jonathan Tardif

Docket BCCP-22-0001: Environmental Resources Element Maps Update and Reprint of Comprehensive Plan Maps
Public testimony will be taken
Several Environmental Resources Element (ERE) Maps are proposed to be updated to reflect new scientific data, make corrections, and show the data within municipal boundaries. Community Planning & Permitting is also requesting approval to reprint all the Comprehensive Plan Maps to make clerical updates to the map layout and background reference data such as the current municipal boundaries, however, none of the previously adopted map elements shown on these maps will change. The proposed map changes and updates do not result in any policy changes within the Comprehensive Plan.
Website: www.boco.org/BCCP-22-0001
Action Requested: Decision
Staff Planners: Jeff Moline, Boulder County Parks & Open Space; Ethan Abner, Community Planning & Permitting

Docket BCCP-22-0002: Amendment to Boulder County Comprehensive Plan Housing Element
Public testimony will be taken
Reinstate policy inadvertently removed from Housing Element during 2019 amendment approval. Language to be reinstated previous policy HO 1.10 “Housing Counseling Services, advice, and assistance concerning housing problems to consumers shall be provided.”
Website: www.boco.org/BCCP-22-0002
Action Requested: Decision
Staff Planner: Dale Case

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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.

2018-2022 Past Agendas and Minutes

Older Past Agendas and Minutes

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

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.
Documents:

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:

Current Members

Appointed Volunteer Participants (Citizens)

  • Ann Goldfarb (term ends Feb. 28, 2025)
  • Sam Libby (term ends Feb. 28, 2023)
  • Mark Bloomfield, Chair (term ends Feb. 28, 2024)
  • Sam Fitch (term ends Feb. 28, 2023)
  • Lieschen Gargano (term ends Feb. 28, 2023)
  • Dave Hsu (term ends Feb. 28, 2024)
  • Gavin McMillan, Vice-Chair (term ends Feb. 28, 2024)
  • Chris Whitney (term ends Feb. 28, 2025)
  • Conor Canaday (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.)

Email: Ask a Planner Form
Main: 303-441-3930

Courthouse Annex Building

2045 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesdays the department is open by appointment only from 12:30–4:30 p.m.
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Community Planning & Permitting
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
bouldercounty.gov/lu