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August 25, 2016

Media Contacts:

Kelly Watson, Boulder County Transportation, Floodplain Specialist, 720-564-2652

Andrew Barth, Boulder County Transportation, Communications, 303-441-1032

Commissioners to review proposed amendments to Land Use Code floodplain regulations on Sept. 1

On Aug. 17, the Boulder County Planning Commission unanimously approved (6-0) a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners that proposed amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code floodplain regulations should be adopted. These proposed changes include updates to Land Use Code Article 4-400 and related provisions which govern the Floodplain Overlay District.

No changes to the floodplain maps which define the floodplain overlay district would occur as part of this regulatory update. The proposed updates only affect unincorporated areas of Boulder County.

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 1 to discuss the proposed amendments to floodplain regulations in the Land Use Code. Public testimony will be taken.

What: Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing on proposed Land Use Code updates in Docket DC-15-0004

When: Thursday, September 1 at 11 a.m.

Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder

The staff report to the Board of County Commissioners is posted on the DC-15-0004 webpage at:

Further details about this hearing and the proposed amendments are online at

Public comments on DC-15-0004 may be emailed via the Boulder County Ask a Planner Form.


In the proposed amendments, the county has created transparent processes for use of new flood hazard studies and best available flood hazard data, clarified existing federal, state, and county regulatory requirements, streamlined permitting for minor projects, and added development criteria to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of and visitors to the unincorporated areas of Boulder County.

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