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Z-23-0002: Lyons Area Zoning Map Amendment
Map of Lyons area rezoning

Z-23-0002: Lyons Area Zoning Map Amendment


On Sept. 5, 2023, the Boulder County Commissioners adopted a six-month moratorium (view Resolution 2023-079) on processing applications for development in higher intensity (Commercial, Business, Transitional, and General Industrial) zone districts within a three-mile radius of the Town of Lyons in unincorporated Boulder County. The moratorium allowed the county to determine if the existing county zoning map and regulations meet the needs of Boulder County and the Lyons community. The rezoning of 19 properties is under consideration.

The county zoning on the properties that are subject to the rezoning have been in place for decades, during which time there have been changes to development patterns, comprehensive plans, and intergovernmental agreements concerning growth and development. The area was heavily impacted by the 2013 Flood and considering the appropriateness of the current zoning in these flood prone areas is the evolution of flood recovery and a component of hazard mitigation and resiliency planning. Current county zoning allows development within unincorporated areas that may conflict with the orderly growth and development of the Town of Lyons and the adopted Comprehensive Plans. The potential rezoning would implement the updated vision for development and growth in these intense-use zoning districts while the lands they encompass remain under Boulder County’s jurisdiction.

The moratorium associated with the comprehensive rezoning project does not apply to residential and by-right agricultural development applications or to any complete development applications currently being processed by Boulder County’s Community Planning & Permitting Department. The moratorium affects only unincorporated properties and will not affect properties within the Town of Lyons.

Comprehensive rezonings are considered at public hearings before the Boulder County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. Comments can also be made during upcoming public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners. Written comments should be sent to

Map of Zoning Districts Subject To Temporary Moratorium and Potential Rezoning

Image of Lyons area Zoning Map

Past Public Meetings and Hearings

Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Meeting – March 12, 2024

On March 12, 2024, the BOCC approved docket Z-23-0002, rezoning nineteen identified parcels to the Agricultural zone district and one to the Rural Residential zone district as originally recommended by staff.
View the Staff Meeting Packet, March 7, 2024.

Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) Public Hearing – March 7, 2024

On March 7, 2024, the BOCC held a partial public hearing on Docket Z-23-0002. During the presentation, an internet outage caused the meeting to be tabled to March 12, 2024. View the staff report and packet, March 7, 2024.

Planning Commission Public Hearing – Feb. 21, 2024

On Feb. 21, 2024, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on Docket Z-23-0002. After a presentation from staff, public testimony, and deliberation, the Planning Commission voted (7-0) to recommend approval of Docket Z-23-0002 to the Board of County Commissioners. View the staff report or video recording of the Feb. 21, 2024 meeting.

Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing – Sept. 19, 2023

View the video recording of the meeting.


Hannah Hippely, Planning Division Manager – Long Range Planning & Policy Team
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