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Planning Commission (PC)

The Community Planning & Permitting Department physical office in Boulder is open 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. Most services are available virtually. Staff is available at 303-441-3930, online, or via appointment.

Planning Commission (PC)

Planning Commission Public Meetings

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Planning Commission meetings are being held virtually.

Planning Commission Public Meeting, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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View the Boulder County Planning Commission agenda, August 17, 2022

August 17, 2022 agenda items:

  1. Public Hearing – Docket SU-22-0005: Drogsvold Vacation Rental
    Request: Special Review request for a Vacation Rental of 244 days for up to 4 guests with a minimum stay of 2 nights on a 2.83-acre parcel.
    Location: 46877 Peak to Peak Highway, located approximately 1,820 feet north of the intersection of County Road 103 and State Highway 72 on Section 29, Township 2N, Range 72W
    Zoning: Forestry (F) Zoning District
    Applicants/Property Owners: Bruce & Susanna Drogsvold
    Staff Planners: Ian Brighton
    Action Requested: Recommendation to Board of County Commissioners
    Public testimony will be taken
  2. Public Hearing – Docket V-22-0001: Maedke Vacation
    Request: Request to vacate an undeveloped alley right-of-way in the Gold Hill Historic District
    Location: Alley between 410 Boulder Street (Parcel no. 145912010001) to the south and 412 Boulder Street Parcel no. 145912002007) and 0 Main Street (Parcel no. 145912002003) to the north, approximately 3.8 miles west of the intersection of Four Mile Canyon Drive and Gold Run Road, in Section 12, T1N, R72W.
    Zoning: Historic (H) Zoning District
    Applicant/Property Owner: Christine Maedke
    Staff Planner: Pete L’Orange
    Action Requested: Recommendation to Board of County Commissioners
    Public testimony will be taken
  3. Public Hearing – Docket SU-22-0004: Pivot Energy Solar Facility
    Request: Special Use Review to construct a 5 megawatt 24-acre solar energy facility on a 36-acre parcel
    Location: 5980 N. 79th Street, approximately .25 miles south of the intersection of N. 79th Street and State Highway 52, in Section 6, Township 1N, Range 69W.
    Zoning: Agricultural (A) Zoning District
    Applicant: Kyle Sundman, Pivot Energy
    Property Owner: Charles Rodgers
    Staff Planner: Sam Walker
    Action Requested: Recommendation to Board of County Commissioners
    Public testimony will be taken
  4. Public Hearing – Docket SU-22-0003: CEMEX Dowe Flats Mining and Reclamation Extension
    NOTE: The ESTIMATED start time of this public hearing item is approximately 4 p.m. The actual start time is dependent on the time needed to conduct the three previous public hearing items.

    Request: Special Use/Site Specific Development Plan review to amend an existing Special Use approval (SU-93-14) for limestone/shale open mining/quarrying located at the Dowe Flats Quarry, extending approved mining activities for an additional 15 years; the original permit area of 1,911 acres to be reduced to 709 acres; the concluding of cement plant operations at the facility located south of Highway 66 within the same 15-year timeframe; with concurrent reclamation of wildlife habitat.
    Zoning: Agricultural (A) Zoning District
    Applicant/Property Owner: John Heffernan, CEMEX, Inc.
    Agent: Pam Hora, Tetra Tech, Inc.
    Cosigned by: Boulder County Parks & Open Space
    Staff Planner: Pete L’Orange
    Action Requested: Recommendation to Board of County Commissioners
    Public testimony will be taken

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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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Contact Us

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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Mailing Address

Community Planning & Permitting
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306
bouldercounty.gov/lu