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August 29, 2016

Media Contacts:

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

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

Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to the Boulder County Land Use Code Floodplain Regulations – Sept. 1, 2016

Thursday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners' Hearing Room, Downtown Courthouse, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colo. (map) unless otherwise noted. The DLH Room and the Small Conference Room are also located on the third floor of the downtown courthouse. Commissioners' meetings and hearings are webstreamed "live" and archived for viewing online. Public comments are taken at meetings designated as Public Hearings.

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:

  • What: Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing on proposed Land Use Code updates in Docket DC-15-0004 (public testimony will be taken)
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder

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 staff report and further details about the hearing and the proposed amendments are posted on the DC-15-0004 webpage. 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.

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.