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September 15, 2016

Docket DC-16-0003: Boulder County Storm Drainage Criteria Manual

The Board of County Commissioners have authorized staff to pursue text amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code specific to the Storm Drainage Criteria Manual. The Planning Commission will hear these proposed changes on Sept. 21, 2016.

The proposed changes to regulations are now available for review on the Docket DC-16-0003 webpage at:

Planning Commission Public Hearing:

What: Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting on proposed Land Use Code updates in Docket DC-15-0004
When: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. *** DC-16-0003 is agenda item #6, so the actual start time for this hearing depends on the length of the agenda items before it ***
Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder (Map and Directions)

View the staff report to Planning Commission for September 21, 2016 (8 MB PDF).


The Boulder County Transportation Department, with the help of an engineering consultant, has prepared an updated Storm Drainage Criteria Manual for adoption. The updated manual will repeal and replace the county’s first manual, published in 1984. Changes in stormwater criteria, practices, and regulations over time necessitated a revision. The updated manual intends to address the great majority of design elements, site characteristics, and regulatory conditions that may be involved in drainage design projects across the county. It also intends to provide clear guidance and criteria that will expedite the review and approval process for various county applications. This will require text amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code Text to include references to the updated manual and noting that it will be the authoritative reference for drainage.

Next Steps

The docket review process for the proposed amendments will include the public hearing before the Boulder County Planning Commission, and a public hearing before the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2016. Public comments will be taken at both hearings. Confirmation of hearing dates and times will be published on the Docket DC-16-0003 webpage and sent to the Land Use Code email list.

Staff values comments from individuals and referral agencies. All comments will be made part of the public record. If you have questions or comments regarding this docket, please call 303-441-3930, or submit an inquiry/comment via the Ask a Planner form.

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