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.

Room For the River

In response to the 2013 flood event, in 2017-18, Boulder County Transportation completed an investigation into the feasibility of creating a long-term flood-related mitigation program that built on the efforts of the county’s post-flood Voluntary Property Acquisition Program, also known as the “buy-out program.”

This effort was aimed at increasing the protection of county residents’ life, health, and property. Additional goals of this and other flood mitigation work include:

  • Promotion of habitat and ecosystem preservation
  • Improved water quality
  • Mitigation of the need for extensive response and recovery operation following future flood events

Through the investigation, the county further refined the potential components of a voluntary construction mitigation program to provide property owners with flood mitigation options including property acquisition and more, such as structure relocation and elevation. A planning document was developed to provide recommendations for the program’s framework, including strategies, staffing, and outreach components.

The Room for the River project led to a pilot mitigation opportunity called Floodplain Partners in 2020. The county continues to pursue opportunities for assisting residents with flood risk mitigation. If you are interested in learning more about county efforts towards flood risk mitigation or would like additional information on how to mitigate flood risk on your property, contact the Boulder County Floodplain Management Program in the Community Planning & Permitting Department at