Planning in Boulder County provides guidance and direction in the adoption of policies and regulations to provide for appropriate development, environmental conservation, and sustainability practices in Boulder County.
These public policy choices include:
- land use development standards;
- resource preservation techniques;
- countywide and community plans; and
- intergovernmental agreements.
This work involves review of development for compliance with land use code criteria and consistency with plans, the collection and evaluation of data, research and analysis of options and alternatives, and the selection and implementation of projects and programs.
The Planning Division serves as a professional staff to the County Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Advisory Board, and Board of Adjustment. Additionally, it makes recommendations and suggestions to the Board of County Commissioners, citizen advisory groups, and other agencies on comprehensive land use policies and plans, zoning recommendations, special use permits, hazard mitigation, and subdivision regulations. The division is directly responsible for the administration and updating of the County’s Land Use Plans, Land Use Code, and Hazard Mitigation measures.