Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Special Use (SU)/Site Specific Development Plan (SSDP) Review

The Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting office at 2045 13th St., Boulder is open to the public on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are available on Tuesday but are not required. Schedule an appointment.

Special Use (SU)/Site Specific Development Plan (SSDP) Review

Special Use (SU)/Site Specific Development Plan (SSDP) Review

A use permitted by Special Use (SU) Review may be established in a zoning district only upon approval of the Board of County Commissioners, after review by the Planning Commission, and subject to the conditions set forth in an approval of the use by the Board of County Commissioners.

A Special Use is one that may be allowed if developed in a way that is located, designed, and operated in harmony with neighboring development and the surrounding area. During the review process, the county considers location, design, configuration, intensity, and impacts by comparing the proposal to the code criteria, intergovernmental agreements, established hazard areas, parcel specific conditions, site context and any other applicable regulations to assure that the use can operate in a sustainable way with minimal danger or impact to the users, the natural environment, or the developed environment.

These uses are developments such as a Fire Station, Accessory Dwelling, Telecommunications Facility, and Day Care Center (see the zoning designation for specific uses and more information). Special uses also include uses that generate traffic volumes in excess of 150 average daily trips per lot, uses that have an occupant load greater than or equal to 100 persons per lot, uses that have a wastewater flow greater than or equal to 2,000 gallons per day per lot, uses that have a total floor area greater than 25,000 square feet (35,000 sq. ft. in a community service area), or uses that have a second principal use that does not increase density (where allowed).

See the Boulder County Land Use Code for more information.

Pre-Application Conference

Applicant(s) must first contact the Community Planning & Permitting Department to make an appointment for a Land Use Review Pre-Application Conference with a Planner to discuss the proposal prior to its submittal.

Special Use (SU)/Site Specific Development Plan (SSDP) Review Information

Submittal Schedule for Planning Applications

The Community Planning & Permitting Department manages the number of planning applications accepted each week in order to align with available resources. Once you have had a Pre-application Conference and have a complete application ready for review, please contact Community Planning & Permitting at 303-441-3930 to get on the schedule to submit your planning application.

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2045 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80302


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