East Boulder Subcommunity Plan

Aerial view of East Boulder

The East Boulder Subcommunity Plan has been in the works since 2019 and was adopted by Boulder City Council in May 2022 and by the City of Boulder Planning Board on July 19, 2022. This is the biggest subcommunity plan in Boulder since North Boulder in 1995.

The area in question is currently one of the least populated areas in Boulder with a lot of older commercial buildings. After two years of planning and research, and a lot of community involvement, the City of Boulder has come up with a plan that seems very thoughtful, and reminds me of a hybrid of RiNo and Cherry Creek in Denver, except it might be even better in some ways!

  • 5,000 new housing units – this represent an 11% increase in the city’s housing stock and 32% increase in the city’s affordable housing stock
    • The plan emphasizes inclusion, diversity and equity by not pushing out current lower income residents and making a significant portion of the new housing stock affordable units, with the rest varying in price points, although there’s a focus on mid-level housing.
  • Transportation access
    • Public transportation
    • E bikes, scooters
    • Bikes
    • Walking accessibility 
    • Parking requirements
  • Mixed use space
    • Retail
    • Office
    • Restaurants
    • The plan outlines the vision for different areas within East Boulder and what is allowed on the ground floor in each area
  • Nature
    • Valmont Bike Park
    • Reservoirs 
    • Walking and biking paths
    • Boulder Creek

I think this is one of the most exciting things to happen in Boulder in a long time, and can’t wait to see the plan come to fruition!

For the complete East Boulder Subcommunity Plan, please click here.

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