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September 28, 2016

October is National Community Planning Month!

Join us for events and activities that explore how planning benefits the community and helps make Boulder County awesome!

Boulder County, Colo. - Planning plays a vital role in the day-to-day happenings of citizens in every community. How do they get to work or school? Where do they live? Where do they shop?

October has been designated as National Community Planning Month by the American Planning Association as a way to highlight the role of planners and planning in each community. This year’s theme of “Civic Engagement” acknowledges that thoughtful local planning cannot happen without meaningful community engagement.

The month-long celebration is an opportunity to recognize how planning shapes Boulder County, and the work of planners and the planning profession in creating communities of lasting value.

Join Us!

Save these dates for upcoming Boulder County planning events:

Thursday, Oct. 20 –A Look at Planning in Boulder County

  • Location: Boulder County Commissioners Hearing Room at 1325 Pearl Street, 3rd Floor, Boulder
  • Start time: 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22 – Bike Tour of Boulder County and the City of Boulder with Planning Staff

  • Tours will leave from the old Boulder County Courthouse lawn at 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder
  • Sign-up and Route Details: Coming soon – stay tuned!
  • Time: TBD

Planning is the process of envisioning, mapping or otherwise conceiving how a community will look, grow, and define itself—its characteristics, attributes, and identity. As our communities continue to change and grow, planners play an important role in ensuring that new developments are designed and built in harmony with existing surroundings.

Planners must carefully balance the needs and desires of residents against the challenges presented by growth and change not just in the physical realm, but also economically and socially.

Planning also strives to give residents choices. From the type of home an individual lives in, such as a condominium, apartment, town home or single family, to how an individual gets around, whether taking mass transit, walking, bicycling or driving, planning helps ensure communities address the needs of everyone.

The American Planning Association represents more than 38,000 members including professional planners, academics, business leaders, students and engaged citizens. APA advocates for good planning practices to keep communities safe, healthy, and prosperous.