Loading...
6B - Discussion of draft policy changes for the Year 2000 Major Update to the Boulder Valley ComprehCITY OF BOULDER PLANNING BOARD AGENDA ITEM MEETING DATE: June 23, 2005 AGENDA TITLE: Discussion of drafr policy changes for the Year 2000 Major Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan REQUESTING DEPARTMENT: Peter Pollock, Planning Director Ruth McHeyser, Long Range Planning Manager Susan Richstone, Senior Planner Bev Johnson, Environmental Planner EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The_purpose of this item is for Planning Board to discuss and provide input on first drafts of the following policy chapters: • General Policies • Environment • Economy • Human Services Staff is working on a public comment draft of the policies that will be available by the end of June. On July 21, the Planning Boazd will hold a public hearing to hear public comment on the drafr policies and provide input to staff on the proposed policy changes. On August 3, City Counci] will provide input to st3ff on the public comment draft. The Planning Board and City Council will hold a joint public hearing to consider approval of changes.to the policies and text on September 27. The Planning Board will take action that same evening following the public hearing and the City Council will take action in early October. Following city action, the plan will be forwazded to the county for action. Attachment A includes a chart showing the overall process for the update. We are currently in Phase 5 of the update, during which we are drafting changes to the plan policies and text. We anticipate adoption of policy and text changes in the fall and adoption of map changes early in 2006. s:\plan\pb-items~memos\sr6-23bvcp.mem AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paae # 1 ANALYSIS: Attachment B includes first drafts of changes to fow of the policy chapters: General policies, environment, economy, and human services. Staff would like the Board's input on these chapters prior to finalizing them for the public comment draft. Text proposed far deletion is shown with strikeout and new proposed wording is shown in bold. Proposed policy changes will have an explanation of the rationale for The change in the public comment draft. Staff has not completed this for all of the chapters yet. Below please find some comments on the proposed changes to the four chapters: General po[icies - Several policies suggested for deletion (1.02, 1.07, 1.08) are more descriptive in nature than policies. The information contained in these policies (the description of the planning area, planning time frame, etc.) will be incorporated into the plan introduction. The sustainability policies have been revised to reflect the Planning Board's discussion last month. The Council Community Sustainability Goals Committee would like additional changes to the policies. On June 30, the committee will meet with Planning Board members to discuss changes to the policies. For the public comment draft, staff is considering providing two altemate versions of the sustainability policies. The policies on intergovernmental cooperation have been expanded to reflect this policy focus area and the discussions on this topic. The jobs: population policy has been changed to reflect the direction from the joint Planning Board/ City Council meeting. A few policies have been suggested for deletion because staff believes they are not needed or outdated (1.01, 1.12, 1.26, 1.29) Environment - This chapter includes severa] changes to eliminate redundancy and consolidate some policies. The key substantive changes are to the policies on floodplain management, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste reduction goals. The draft includes a rationale for each of the proposed changes. Economy - This chapter includes several changes to reflect the city's recent economic vitality efforts and work plan, and the direction from the joint Planning Board/ City Council meeting. Human services - The proposed changes to this chapter reflect the efforts of the Council Community Sustainability Goals Committee and the ongoing Housing and Human Services Master P3an process. s:\plan\pb-items\memos\sr6-23bvcp.mem AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 2 NEXT STEPS: June 30 Public comment drafr available July 21 Planning Boazd meeting on draft policy changes - the purpose of this meeting is for members of the public to comment to Planning Board on the drafr policy changes and for Planning Board to provide direction on the drafr policies. August 2 Check in with City Council on draft policy changes August 18 Planning Board meeting to discuss changes to the pian text (chapters other than the policy chapters) Sept. 27 Joint Planning Board/ City Council public hearing to consider approval fo proposed changes to the plan policies and text. Planning Boazd will take action following the public hearing. October 18 City Council action on proposed changes to the plan policies and text. Following city action, the proposed changes will be forwarded to the county for action. Approved By: ~ ;(;~~'~~ ~ Peter Pollock Planning Director ATTACHMENTS: A: Processchart B: Draft policy changes: General policies, environment, economy, human services s:\plan\pb-itetns~atemos\sr6-23bvcp.mem AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pa2e # 3 2005 Major Update to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Process Chart - June 2005 What are the What issues need to be What does the What types of What specific changes key areas of focus considered in each area? public think? changes to the plan should be approved? for the update? What is missing? are needed? Project kick-off and early public input • Plannin9 201 sessions • September 13 pubhc meebng Planning Board and Council identify policy and land use areas offocus County check-in Public submfts requestsfor plan changes Prepare briefing papers and background analysis for key policy areas Planning Board and City Council check-in Four bodies hold public hearings and screen public requests Provide infomation and gather input: • Feb. 23rd Public Meeting • Web site • Newspaperads ; newspaper insert Transit Village Area Plan: • Opportunities and constraints • Expert panel City/County meetings to discuss update issues: • Planning Bd/County P( • City CouncillBOCC Analysis, sWff recommendations and policy direction: • Prepare recommendations on policy changes Begin Preperation Transit Vllage Area Plan • Joint City Council/ Planning Board meetin~ for diredion on April 26 • County check-in Retail Strategy Draft Policy Changes Transit Village . Area Plan Workshops Fourbody public hearing and action on policy changes and text changes Draft Transit Village Area Plan I Staff Analysis 8 I r Recommendations August25th Couneil/ Planning Board ~Joint Hearina Initiate a Service Fourbody public hearing and action on map changes ~ y y n x r~ Cl7 z y ~ ATTACHMENT B I. Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan Policies A. Policies 1. General Policies The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan is a joint plan between the city of Boulder and Boulder County that provides shazed responsibility for planning and development in the Boulder Valley. The general policies section ofthe plan provides the overall planning frainework for sustainability, intergovernmental cooperation, growth management and annexation. Boulder 3ias a long tradition of community planning. Most of the key policies an~l-plat3s that have guided the development pattem in the Boulder Valley have not changed since the 1977 Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan was first adopted, and many of them stem from long-standing community values. Boulder's planning has focused on respecting our unique community identity and sense of place, city-county cooperation, and keeping Boulder a distinct, separate and compact community. They represent a cleaz, articulate vision of the development pattern including: • Recognition of sustainability as a unifying goal to secure Boulder's future economic, ecological and social health • Commitment to open space preservation and the use of open space buffers to define the community • Use of urban growth boundaries to maintain a compact city (the boundaries of the service azea have remained virtually unchanged since first developed in 1977) • Growth management to regulate the rate and overall amount of residential development and redevelopment • Encouragement of compact, contiguous development and a preference for infill land redevelopment as opposed to sprawl • Recognition of the impoRance of a centra] area (Downtown, University of Colorado, the Boulder Valley Regional Center) as a regional service center of the Boulder Valley and a clear hierarchy of commercial centers. • Commitment to a diversity of housing types and price ranges to meet the needs of the Boulder Valley population • Commitment to altemative modes of transportation. i a 'r w ..a .. e ,,..«..... f,.~„ e..F ~ho t~,.,.~ }~ `~ ~J .~ ~I....Iu.rul~.~rher~k .. ...I . ,~Fn~humnk~~re me~llun ~F~ ~ ?' 1 ~ C CC i l l l :1 1 :1: ~ 17 A 1. .1.7 1 CC .....w . .......... l. ~l.e ..ti« ...1..,1. n ... n . ... n n n . k.r.. .. .1 .] 1.7 t .....,.................. ..... ....~..».,.. .~ ' _""_'.,"' , o }.otu.,. ,.1... ..,1 1.,. ~..7 ..e.7. o~ ~ ~ .. .. .. - S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUIIEMOS~Sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 7 ~ T~^ ..«..,..r„«o ..A..,;..:..r~..r:..., ~..A: ..to...e«a..«:,:.. ..f~l.e n~. .tA„_ V..ite.. ` C..«...«,l.e....:..e Dl.... 7.e..e..Fr e i. . .. ..: F... o..A .. .. V a~..eF '....A ~.. .... ~Le ! .........-el.o. ..17;..ti «,. ....1:..: e.. : ..H.. ..,7,.«~v ...:..e Dl,... ..1...17 1. A 1... D....1 A... !`.......~. , «A Q.,..~:f. ..Fi]....lAo Tl.e '~ '~ ('.. el.o e D7.. ..ti.. ..C.. ,.C... ° ....u va . }~~u~1...~ ~ r~11. .. ..~n n~.".. nM ,.:l.lo C ..«. hl.e ....1:..:e~ : /emur~kn n~+..~~ ~u .~ ua 1.. ltie > «~7....,7,...~eA 1... D,.,AA.,~ !`,.....a «n ..Ie~~ .. ..«A R.e ..:F.. ..C Htl~c~ 11l'1 TeR..:4i.... ..P41... 8... .. Tt.e !`..«....rel.e«..:..e .Id.,.. Vnil.... Dl..... Dl.... ..1...11 ..e..e«,.il. .:.... A..n.. , e ................. fl.e D....IA e~ V..11e., ...1.:,.1. :.. ~~va nn 4~~nu n n I~~~~«AcA I~v hMe~ m ~~~«In... I~nrLA.~.~.. c~~ fl ~.a .. ..nk n~~~ Q4 ~ ~we e,.... n....:a..,.., ~,r e..,. ....a .we ~,...i r _.,,.i. a ....:........ .... .w~ ,.,. ,..~.~.,,.. «~.e ..,...«~. ~ n~~~r~hv ~~~e ~« IL... nro d~ TrT~~u~nl D.~..~ ~« 4I... r~~.Mln.ann4 7~Tu~... , D~na n.~.~ A7~vr~{ D.....7 .... tl.e .....-~l. .. > .] .. ..:F.....11...7e ~ > 1:..,...~e.7 .... ~1... !`........~ ..l.e«,.:..., Dl,... «. > Sustainability 1.03 Principles of Sustainability. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The city and county adopt the following principles to interpret and guide the implementation of the Boulder V alley Comprehensive Plan: • Renewable resources should not be used faster than they are recharged or replenished by the environment. • Non-renewable resources should be used with the greatest practicai efficiency, and some of those should be used to develop renewable replacements. Greatest practical efficiency' means a use that is technically and financially feasible. • Waste should not be dumped into nature any faster than nature can absorb it. • The economy is a subsystem of the environment and depends upon the environment both as a source of raw material inputs and as a sink for waste outputs. 1.04 . Relationship among the Environment, the Economy and Social Health. The city and county recognize that the earth is a closed system, and that there are limits to the land and soil available for food production, to available water, to S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS\MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 8 renewable resources such as trees, fish and wildlife, to industrial resources like oil and metals, and to the ability of nature to absorb our waste. The city and county seek to maintain and enhance the livability, health and vitality of the Boulder Valley and the natural systems of which it is a part now and in the long-term future. Maintaining the long-term environmental, economic and social health of the community , e... ,,.,a .,.e , .,,, „ ..:... ,:.,..,.;,:.., „«w,. a,...ue_ ~,..,~e.. ....,, ,.e..,...a aze inextricably linked. The city and county seek to preserve choices for future generations and to anticipate and adapt to changing community needs and external influences. Rationa[e: Updated to provide more clariry. New Policy Economic Sustainability. The city and county shall promote a diverse and sustainable economy that strives to support the needs of the community while minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and social health of the community. Rationale: New policy to reflect economic sustainability goal. New Policy Social Sustainability. The city and county shall promote cultural and social equity, meeting the basic needs of residents, and developing strong social and human capital to support a sustainable economy and minimize negative impacts on the environment. Rationale: New policy to reflect communiry sustainabiliry goal. 1.05 Indicators of Sustainability. The city and county shall work with other entities to develop indicators of sustainability specific to the Boulder Valley. The choice of indicators will be based on their ability to provide feedback that will support and strengthen efforts taken to move the community to environmental, community, and economic sustainability in a reasonable period of time. The city and county shall continue to improve monitoring and evaluation of land, air and water quality, and shall track progress made in maintaining and enhancing environmental quality in the Boulder Valley. Rationale: Updated to provide more clarity and current direction on sustainability andicators. Policy 4.05 was also incorporated into this policy. 1.06 Leadership in Sustainability. The city will apply the principles of sustainability to its actions and decisions. The city wili act as a community leader and stewazd of our resources, serving as a role model for others and striving to create a sustainable community that lives conscientiously as part of the planet and ecosystems we inhabit and that are influenced by our actions. Through its master plans, regulations, policies and S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS\MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 9 programs, the city will strive to create a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community for future generations. New Policy Consideration of Environmental, Economic and Social Impacts. The city aad the county will seek to consider the full range of social, economic and environmental impacts in the public decision-making process. The city aud county will take into account s6ort- and long-term social and environmental implications into land use planning decisions. Rationale: Policy 4.04 was updated and moved to this section. The updated language reflects current city direction. ~9 DI......:.... T:...., C......... TI.,. 1....,.A. ..f A.e ..1......:.... «e..:..A : .....~el., 1 G. .. Tl.:.. ~e~... 7,..~ 1...,... ° arac zrr~,... ....... {~nrhr nra e~~~~r~r .. n~a..~..ti..r~m ~n~.~ . ...~ ~.~~a ~ erHi.~..n nu ' ..ti....n 41.e .. ..:I.. ,.C4l.e ...~.. 4.. ° ...._ ..~ »j.~~ .~ . ...~ ~ .~ .. «A ~L... .ieo:~e.. ..Cal.e .. ..:r., :.. C..«A ,. ..:F..1 : ..~~ ~l.e .. ..fl. ....a,. ....... :t...... . ::i.:... ~...~.. .,~ ..~ S: ..... ... .~e .,..A ~.. .. ..A..ti.... .... . Q. L'~..1. C...e ,.r.we ..i.... ..w..n e.,re.,a .w ~ e ,.i.,....:..,...e.:,.a ., ..,,..ei., r...e . y ~. .., r., „aa :.:. ... ..........~. ....,.:e,..:,. .... .,. .we ..,..,.. ~n~~n ...:n ~., ....va .,, e....i...,.e i,...,. > e~ ~ " ~o~v~{~ « o..k 1..«.. 4e.... ...A v~~ui.ti~.~n vr~4H ne~. .....k"...l....v..evA.. ..A .. ....A:«..4,. T]....lAe.. V..IIe.. > ...~n~ nr~a ~.~~mk~r .....~.. en~~ui.ti....n ~ ~ nn T ....d Tie.. u..,.:..,.•:.,..~ • D...:e..ti,...~ ..Ft..«A, •.. H.e (`..«...~..L.......:..o Dl.... .. ..CC...:,~..tl.. Ae~..:leA ~.. L..~ Rationale: not needed - see policy 1.17 1.10 Plan Integration. A variety of community plans exist to guide day-to-day decision making. The city is committed to achieving a high level of coordination and integration in development and implementation of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, subcommunity plans, area plans, and functional master plans. (move to `Framework on Annexation and Urban Service Provision" section) S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS~NIEMO5\sr6-23bvcp a[tB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pa¢e # 10 Intergovernmental Cooperation 1.11 Regional Cooperation. Many of the most significant problems and opportunities faced by Boulder and other jurisdictions, particularly affordable housing, the jobs-housing balance, the economy, regional transportation, environmental and open space protection, human service delivery and growth management can only be dealt with effectively through regional cooperation and solutions. Therefore, the city and county shall aggressively pursue joint planning opportunities and close cooperation with each other and among other cities, counties, unincorporated communities, the University of Colorado, the school districts, regional organizations, and other policymaking bodies ~° ~,~"~°- ~~~~~':°° `'~° D°~:~~~, -r..........,.......:,.., r~:..._:,.. in'rn~ .~,e r,.i,...,,a,, r~e......~..,e... ,.t~r~........,..-«,..:,.., ~~r,nT~ .,.e ,. .,.., n,.,...a ,.~ue..i.~, ,..:i:... ....a c._e ~e o.,.:.:o..~. These , , entities should be encouraged to ideutify and address specific issues of shared ~tta~ concem in which each entity may more fully benefit from a multi- jurisdictional perspective, ~~~ t6at may lead to the development of mutually beneficial solutions. New Policy Policy Assessment The city and county shall assess and be responsive to the external effects of their policies on other entities and jurisdictioas. The consequences and tradeoffs of policies shall be considered before making decisions on them. Referrals shall be made to entities and jurisdictions potentially impacted by pending policy decisions. New Policy Collaboration in service delivery The city and county shali support consolidation and collaboration between service providers to reduce duplicatioa oF efforts, maximize economic and resource ef£ciencies and provide citizens with reliable and equitable levels of service. New Policy Economic Development The promotion of a regional economic development strategy should be undertaken to measure communities' interests in mutually defining their respective strengths and aspirations so that they can reduce competition between each other and cooperate in directing businesses to the appropriate jurisdictions. New Policy Agricultural Sustainability The city and county shall promote a viable agricultural economy for the Boulder Valley and beyond by working together and with the agricultural community to examine water and land use policies, the use of land use regulations to foster continued agricultural production, the development of local markets for agricultural products, procurement policies to support local farmers, and the provision of agricultural support facilities. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSU~IEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 11 ~ i ~ n,.. ..~.......,.... u ,.r.,......v.. .,..a o,.....,...~,... n . n~1~ ~ nn~ r ~~4~r_n{~n~~ ~~ ~ ~~a~~nhe~] vvr~ vr~~~v~~~ a~ }1.r ..ltf4,u rv~~~+~~a ~uav a vr~~~uv~ v~ ~i~~r v a~ r_k;ss ..In re e~le ..«'... ..~.. au ~Vl41IlS~aiiull VG Y~/V1Y[l[IISGQ N..i: .. ~.. ..~.. ..1,:..L. 1... t.ee« ,7e..ol....e,i 1.., rl.e ,.1...,«:,....7e«........e«~,. .... .7 .. .e,] 1... ~l,e 1~,.:~l.,ti..e ~oa.~~~.. ~.,...,, ,.F ~ ..............~~. ..,.. ° a e.,,.t, ae.....~...e.,...t,..n ,. ,.:c.,..,n. :Ae«tiF.. f}...~e ~e ....: e..t.. ...1.;..1. .. ,.e,i , A....el,........e..~ ...,...~.. .. F :1.. ~.. e ` e e.,~ . ..Ao.- R.e ! .......~el.e..~:.,e Dl.... Rationale: - referral procedures are addressed in referral section of the plan and this isn't needed as a policy. 1.13 Intergovernmental Agreements. The city and county may enter into intergovemmental agreements with other municipalities and agencies when appropriate to foster intergovernmental planning and cooperation. 1.14 Compliance with Land Use Regulations. With regard to public facilities owned and operated in the other's jurisdiction, the city and county shall respect and abide by existing land use regulations insofar as reasonably practicable. Growth Management 1.15 City's Role in Managing Growth and Development. In order to achieve community goals and policies, the city will implement growth management tools that control the scale, location, type, intensity and timing of new development and redevelopment. Where appropriate, the county will work with the cify in developing and implementing growth management tools. 1.16 Adapting to Limits on Physical Expansion. As the community expands to its planned physical boundaries, the city and county will increasingly emphasize preservation and enhancement of the physical, social and economic assets of the community. Cooperative efforts and resources shall be focused on maintaining and improving the quality of life within defined physical boundaries, with only limited expansion of the city. 117 Growth Projections. In order to ensure that past and projected growffi impacts can be better mitigated or avoided, and to maintain a desirable community size, the city shall set projections for population and employment for the year 20~30. Projected growth will be limited unless sufficient progress is made in reducing the cumulative negative growth impacts to an acceptable level and other significant community benefits can be achieved. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUVIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 12 1.18 Growth Requiremeats. The overall effect of urban growth must add significant value to the community, improving quality of life. The city will require development and redevelopment as a whole to provide significant community benefits and to maintain or improve environmental quality as a precondition for further housing and community growth. 1.19 Jobs: Housin¢ gepa~aEie~Balance. Boulder is a major employment center, which has led to significaut in- commuting and housing demand. The city will seek opportunities to improve the jobs:housing balance while maintaining a healthy economy and reducing transportation impacts. This will be accomplished by encouraging new mixed use neighborhoods in areas close to where people work, encouraging transit-oriented development in the vicinjty of the future transrt station, preserving service commercial uses, and converting industrial use to residential use in appropriate locations. , ....i.,.:,... ... .a .. . _..i : .. .....cr.,. ,, ~ e,..:,.., ...,a w ......:.......;,.e.. r., .~,e _ ~nnn .~. , .....:,. ,. r.we.,...,,we.. ,.~:,.~.,. .,. .we ..,.....i...:,... :., .we n,..,tae.. ~~,.iie.. ,....:.......,. a ... m. . . i ii n~ n~n :,.~.,.. i i n con.. , ~ ,.....i..~:,...~ Te.....-.e.,..~e..a,. ,...«:~..e .we ..,,.:,. : e,..va .,. we,.,..,,e i ~i .i ~....t,e . . ~mn T7.,, .. «,.il.. ,. e«teA ..1......:.... ..~.... A,..A F ~ .. 1 ...1,.....eA :..1... ~.. .. . .,.l..ti.... ~.,t:.. ' ...l1.... I~e Q~~~~a ,.~.A A...~ ,......«..e« u« ~/n~~uv e uu~ n n :«....CH.,.~ ....t:.. l.e.. ~n ..«A 1.t ...: 4e «nh~~ n~~ h~u «~nr~r 11 le,.A t.. ....e.,te.-..e.. ~rm nknr~an~a ) :.....,1 r..,FF... e,.t:..« ,.FF .- .i.,l.le 1.....~:.... ..}....+F 11~ ...7 ..~ l,e~ ..e...,ti.,e :... ....t .. .... ~l.o > ..............:~...... .. . ..i.,.l., Tl.e ..:t.....:il > ~l.e«eC ..e e ...l.,.~l. ..« .. «..1.1;.. « ......e..,. ~.. ~..4..~......u vr~ul~ e.~ ~r «~h h~e ~.~ nnti~ ~ ~nhe 'r~~n vn~~ ~e n ~~~nHe~ fl.~,...,.1. ,. «..7.1:.. « .. A.,,~ .,.:11 e..~. .~1:..4. .. ';..~e ....A .. e.. f.,hlo ;..i... ~.. ~C.~.~.««~u«r~n~ ~« ~vl~n enku «~~nu n ~ FF ~an~~u ~ ~~~n~e~ n«a «~A~~n1u f~e ~m nrfn ..Ct....FC..... e..t f :,... > Framework for Annexation and Urban Service Provision 1.20 Definition of Comprehensive Planning Areas I, II, And III. The Boulder Valley Planning Area is divided into three major areas. Area I is that azea within the city of Boulder, which has adequate urban facilities and services and is expected to continue to accommodate urban development. Area II is the area now under county jurisdiction, where annexation to the city can be considered consistent with Policies 1.16, 1.18, & I.25. New urban S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS~MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 13 development may only occur coincideni with the availability of adequate facilities and services and not otherwise. Departmental master plans project the provision of services to this area within the planning period. Area IIA is the area of immediate focus within the first three yeazs, and Area IIB is available to accommodate development within the balance of the planning period. Area III is the remaining area in the Boulder Valley, generally under county jurisdiction. Area III is divided into the Area III-Rural Preservation Area, where the city and county intend to preserve existing rural land uses and character and the Area III-Planning Reserve Area, where the city and county intend to maintain the option of expanded urban development in the city beyond the time frame of the 15-year planning period. (See Area I, II, III Map, and Policy 2.09 Delineation of Rural Lands.) 1.21 Preclusion of New Incorporated Places. The establishment of new incorporated communities within the Boulder Valley shall be opposed. ' 1.22 Definition of New Urban Development lt is intended that'new urban developmenf, including- development within the city- not occur unti] and unless adequate urban facilities and services are available to serve the development as set out in Section (II D) Urban Service Criteria and Standards. 'New urban developmenY is hereby defined to include: (a) All new residenCial, commercial and industrial development and redevelopment within the city; or (b) Any proposed development within Area II subject to a county discretionary review process before the Boazd of County Commissioners, provided the county determines that the proposed development is inconsistent with the land use projections, maps or policies of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan in effect at that time. 1.23 Over-Intensive Rural Development. The Area III-Rura] Preservation Area is that portion of Area III where rural land uses and character aze to be maintained and preserved. A variety of land use activities aze permitted by county zoning pursuant to examination through one or more of the review processes enumerated in the Boulder County Land Use Code. A preliminary analysis may conclude that an otherwise permitted land use proposal would have an impact of urban intensity and thus be considered an over- intensive rural development. Criteria to be examined in making an over-intensive determination may include, but are not limited to: traffic, structure size, number of users, hours of operation, outside lighting, water needs and wastewater flows, impacts extending outside of the property boundaries, compatibility with surrounding land uses, and the availability or lack of other more appropriate sites for the proposed activity. Any application for a land use that triggers an over- intensive rural development analysis shall be referred to the city of Boulder for comment and shall be given significant consideration. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS~MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paae # 14 1.24 City Service Provision/Location of Urban Facilities. The city is an adequate provider of facilities and services. These facilities and services will continue to be supplied to Area I, and the city will make them available to Area II within the planning period pursuant to the city's annexation policies and Capital Improvements Program. Due to size, locational and other unique requirements, some city facilities that do not require the full range of urban services wili be located in Areas II and III, subject to county review. (See Policy 3.02. Definition of Adequate Urban Facilities and Services.) 1.25 Annexation. The policies in regard to annexation to be pursued by the city are: (a) Annexation will be required before adequate facilities and services are furnished. (b) The city will actively pursue annexation of county enclaves, Area II properties along the westem boundary, and other fully developed Area II properties. County enclave means an unincorporated azea of land entirely contained within the outer boundary of the city. Terms of annexation wiil be based on the amount of development potential as described in (c), (d), and (e) of this policy. Applications made to the county for development of enclaves and Area II lands in lieu of annexation shall be referred to the city for review and comment. The county shall attach great weight fo the city's response and may require that the landowner conform to one or more of the city's development standards so that any future annexation into the city will be consistent and compatible with the city's requirements. (c) Annexation of existing substantially developed areas will be offered in a manner and on terms and conditions, which respect existing lifestyles and densities, and the city will expect these azeas to be brought to city standazds only where necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents of the subject area or of the city. The city, in developing annexation plans of reasonable cost, may phase new facilities and services. The county, which now has jurisdiction over these azeas, shall be a supportive partner with the city in annexation efforts to the extent the county supports the terms and conditions being proposed. (d) In order to reduce the negative impacts of new development in the Boulder Valley, the city shall annex Area II land with significant development or redevelopment potential only on a very limited basis. Such annexations will be supported only if the annexation provides a special opportunity or benefit to the city. For annexation considerations, emphasis shall be given to the benefits achieved from the creation of permanently affordable housing. Provision of the following may also be considered a special opportunity or benefit: receiving sites far transferable development rights (TDRs), reduction of future employment projections, land and/or facilities for public purposes over and above that required by the city's land use regulations, environmental preservation, or other amenities determined by the city to be a special opportunity or benefit. Parcels that are proposed for annexation S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUVIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 15 that are already developed and which are seeking no greater density or building size would not be required to assume and provide that same level of community benefit as vacant pazcels unless and until such time as an application for greater development were submitted. (e) Annexation of substantially developed properties that allows for some additional residential units or commercial square footage will be required to demonstrate community benefit commensurate with their impacts. FuRher, annexations ihat resolve an issue ofpublic health without creating additional development impacts should be encouraged. ( fl There will be no annexation of areas outside the boundaries of the Boulder Valley Planning Area, with the possible exception of annexation of acquired open space. (g) Area II is anticipated to become part of the city within tbe planning period. Area III is not anticipated to become part of the city within the planning period. However, publicly owned property located in Area IIl and intended to remain in Area III may be annexed to the city if the property requires less than a full range of urban services or requires inclusion under city jurisdiction for health, welfare and safety reasons. ~h~ T,,a ~.. ............. ue..«,.e....,.,. ...., ...............:... .....:..w :.. ....:,,,.,. ,.e,.,...,.e ,.~:... > ' ,., ..~a :..,,..,...:,., ..,...:,,.. ,.~.-...,,.,.._,., u.,...,,e....,.,.., : ~ ,e,, .,. rl.....:t.. ...1.:1e.......1...FA.e..e..:A....ti,.1 A,...el.......e«~: ..~:17. ~..a.~A The Gunbarre]-Heatherwood Subcommunity is alse unique because of the shared jurisdiction for planning and service provision among the county, the city, the Gunbarrel General Improvement District and other special districts. Tl..~ne n~...~n n.~..uvea ~~ I~e n.k.. n~u rn.~..:aua .v.k~ r:1.. nu«..:run nlh~~•..~~ f «n4e~a n ~4~r ~{~~~.~. «4n F r n c~ n' ~ u u e,....,e .. .,.~. .. ,.,.a .... .,.e........,, n,.,.,t ,.,..,...,.i .,,~ i..... , , ," ..F ....,.....e«~ ..:1..........:A.,A 1... ~L~e .. ...~.. A ~e.. ~ ..:Ae«~,. .. .. ~.... fl.o.....el...,.. R...,...,Q. R.e !_..«1....-".1 !_e......ol i«...~....e.....e«~ Tl:~t~:..~ t.... , f ~ e«t.. L':..e ...-..~e..ti.... : .:AvA ~.. ~6e ..«:...........~..feA .. ., 1... g~,.,a~- D..-°, ~':-° ^:°•~~` Although interest in voluntary annexation has been limited, the city and county continue to support the eventual annexation of Gunbarrel-Heatherwood. If resident interest in annexation does occur in the future, the city and county will negotiate new terms of annexation with the tesidents. • D~......e.... 1... N.e ..:t.. ,.., 1~..~1. .. o,.ti,... ,.«A .. ..:~,.1 : e..t~ ..l...lt l.e ev~e..ro~ n«.~~~n~~v ~.. k~u ~.lv n«a r~~~rMr nn nriv m~~n}n~4~n~ ~~~~~rn ~~ erG...«n...... ..l.nll 1... dee.....A .. e F ~ n..l.nfn..tinl n n..A...u..l ..C}}~c r,.,...._ewo..,.:..e ni,.~ w...~ ... ..:... ....a ,. ,,,... S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSVI4EMOS\sr6-236vcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 16 1.27 Consistency of Land Use Regulations with the Comprehensive Plan. The city and county will eae~r periodically analyze and evaluate existing land use regulations, zoning, and processes, and considering the rights of affected property owners, will make changes to refleM Comprehensive Plan policies and community priorities. ° -°a '~'-~~~ ~~:a -°~„'°`:~~° :^'^ ^ ~~:°^^° ~_~:"~ rl,e r,.«,«.-el,e.,..:..e Dl~., 1.28 Assimilation of Special District Facilities and Services. Where the provider(s) of the facilities and services is (aze) other than the city, the county and the city will take all reasonable and legal steps to facilitate assimilation of facilities and services by the city upon annexation. Community Engagement 1.30 C--~i~ee Public Involvement in Planning. The city and county recognize that the quality of environmental, economic and social health is built upon full involvement of the community. The city and county will ska}~recognize the rights of and encourage e€s~4i~eHS all community members to play a role in govemmental decisions, especially those which affect their lives or property, through continual efforts to maintain and improve open and public communication and conduct of business. In addition, the city and county shall continue to support a~e~e programs and provide opportunities for eiti~ea public participation and neighborhood involvement. Efforts shall be made to engage community members not typically engaged in civic life. 1.31 City/County Policy Applicability. For the purpose of policy construction: Where the 'county' alone is refened to within the policy text, said policy may be amended by the county, after referral to the city. Where the 'city' alone is referred to within the policy text, said policy may be amended by the city, after referral to the county. All other policies shall be construed to be joint city and county statements of policy, and are to be amended by joint action. Where a particular 'area' is not specified in the policy text, the policy shall apply to all areas. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS~NIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp attB policies.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pa¢e # 17 4. Environment The natural~agtle-environment which characterizes the Boulder i~alley is a critical asset that must be preserved and protected. It is the framework within which growth and development man be permitted to take place. The citv and counry recognize that the valtey is a complex ecologica! system with_ahe inextricable links ~ieHaeer~ among our naturol environment, the econom}~, the built environment and communiry livabilih~. T~'^ ^°~ ~~2 ,~ ,.. ..,,.. ~ ...M .... .....:. :...... ...... :.................a ..:,~ ..,......,.r ......... ...,, . Tlze Boulder Valley is an ope~: system in tl:at our natirral and human systems are connected to the region as well as to the entire world. We acknowledge that regional and g[obal chmiges cmi have a profour~d effect on our local e~:vironment and that our local actions can have global implications. ....7 ...- ..Ml. .....7 n l.e..141... e A.. «. «le m....e I.. 41... .. .. 4.. 1......~4'.! ~..... ll.e „~,.1 « ~ . ~ ex~reaeh-a~~ e~t~eafiert; and reg~a4er~~~t~es. '~~s~'r;~-~=se-p~e-~te-~-~. .:ae ..«,. ~t,oa ..i.,., «„ ,.,t: .,.e ..,,. .,.e ..r... ..i.. The City Council has established the goal of becoming a nationwide environmental leader among communities and a role model for exemplary environmental practices. The city seeks to institute state of the art policies in prioritized areas for both the community and the city government organization. Environmental priorities set by the City Council include: reducing pesticide and herbicide use; reducing waste by promoting re-use and recycling; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; promoting energy efficiency; continuing our strong leadership in preserving native plant and wildlife habitat; and strengthening our effor[s to improve air and water quality. The followiag goal areas ^~'~~~~° ~~ ''~~° ~°~'~~~ frame the city and county's policies ~ gea}s related to the conservation and preservation of land, water and air resources and to pollution prevention: • Preserve and enhance biodiversity and native ecosystems. • Protect and enhance the quality of t6e urban environment. • Protect geo{ogic resources and prevent natural hazards. • Protect and improve water and air quality. • Conserve natural resources and minimize waste. • Minimize use of pollutants. The integration and coordination of other city policies and programs gea~s with these environmental goals areas is essential to achieving a sustainable community. Boulder's strong growth management, transportation, and community conservation policies and programs, in S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~IvIEMOS\srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 18 particular, are major tools for preserving habitat, improving air and water quality, and maintaining a livable community. Several city master plans further the city's environmental policies. For example, ~the city's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department ~ka~e has adopted long-range management policies, a Visitor Master Plan, and area and resource management plans which outline specific actions for managing both the preservation of the city's natural and agricultural lands while providing a range of passive recreational opportunities for the community. The Greenways Master Plan identifies opportunities ~•~"'~~°° °~°°:~~ °~':~~° for protecting and restoring riparian habitat, improving air and water quality, and managing the floodways within the city. The various water utility master plans, including the Raw Water Master Plan, Treated Water Iufaster Plan, and Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Utility Master Plan ~ai~tage r r.:,:«.. r T,,,..e_ n,,.., provide specific implementation strategies which address the city's water resource policies and goals. 4A1 Incorporating Ecological Systems Into Planning. Planning and policy decisions in the Boulder Valley shall be approached through an ecosystem framework, in which natural regions ]ike airsheds and watersheds are incorporated into planning and an appropriate relationship between the built environment and air, water and land quality is considered. New Policy . Adaptive Management Approach The city and the county will employ an adaptive management approach to resource protection and enhancement. An adaptive management approach involves ongoing monitoring of resource conditions, assessment of t6e effectiveness of management actions, and revision of management actions based on new information from research and learning from experience what works and what does not. Rationale: This policy reflects the policy language adopted with the OSMP Visator Master Plan and represents an approach to management that adapts to continual changes in the environment and new information. 4.38 City Leadership in Resource Conservatioa. The city government shall serve as an example by continuing to improve resource conservation practices in all city operations. The city shall integrate environmental impact considerations in decision making for all city services, processes and facilities. The city organization shall comply fully with environmental laws and regulations and implement programs and procedures to strengthen compliance. Strict compliance with environmental standards shall be a key factor in employee training, performance review and program evaluation. Emphasis shall be placed on periodic monitoring of internal environmental practices to continually improve the city's effectiveness. The city shall provide appropriate environmental training and educate employees to be environmentally responsible. S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMSUvIEMOS\srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 19 Rationale: Moved from end of chapter. m m ~,,,.:,....,~ n.....,,....~. > ~~ ~ ~ ~4~v k ~ 4~4~ }~a Q. Z] ).~ tl ~~ _'b"'""`_ __'"_",.' _~ "_ ..'""' '""'"~'"_"'~""""'... ~._...__...,....,_._~ ...~ ~.,»...~. .... ~~ .. .~F,. Ratim:ale: This policy was moved to the General Policies chapter and combi~zed ivith other regionkl outreach policies. 4.03 Environmental Education and Technical Assistance. The city and county shall promote public education and provide technical assistance about issues of local and regional environmental concem, n ~°' ~°~•^-°a °'°--~°~'° ~°°`°'° , and seek to engage businesses, residents, and visitors a# ~•~ in the goal of protecting the quality of the natural and built environment. ~ke-c-~y ,.e.. ..a .. ,..:,..,,. .t,.,.•....e..e..« . ..... .........~ ....~, ....,.....~., ...,..,,,,u, ..~ ~ ° ,.,.n..«:,.,, .oa..,.e ., .,~.e ~.,,t : err.,.:e.,,,.. «w..,...,.~. ,. ..:... va .......:.... ....a y.,., , e ~2d6~ Ratio~eale: This policy is updated to delete unnecessary information and to clarify current app~•oaches to environmental education. The last sentence is too ctetailed and therefore deleted. ~r~,o ,. ..:... .,,,a e e...~l ofC ..t~ ,.F....wi:,. .,,.a .. ....e .._,.:e,..,. ,.~...ti ~.e • e r ..1...11 l.o F il.....ai ...1.,.« ,. «:..t.. Ratioitale: This policy was moved to the General Policies chapter in the Sustainability sectio~a. ~~ AR....:a ....:.... .....! T......1.:.... T]~o ..:~., .,..A .. ..~....l...ll ......ti«..e f.. : «:~..':.... ,...A e ...1...,f:.... ..F1.,..A ..A 1 ~ ~~e~ ,.....l:t.. ,...A ~4.,.71 ~..,..L ........'e.... «,,.Ae :« e .n1.4..:.. hl.~. D,...IAe.. Vnlle.r ..t.,:«:..,. ....A e..i.,.....:«.. e e..~..1 Rationale: This policy was incorporated into the Sustainability Indicators policy in the General Policies Chapter. Preserve and Enhance Biodiversitv and Native Ecosvstems Dr°~°°* "T^'..r^, 4.06 Natural Ecosystems. The city and county will promote the protection and restoration of native ecosystems S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 20 s»eeies on public and private lands through land use planning, development review, conservation easements, acquisition and public land management practices. The protection aud enhancement g~e~rteEierrof biologica] diversity and ~s€ habitat far federal endangered and threatened species and state, county, and local species of concern will be emphasized. Degraded habitat may be restored, and selected extirpated species may be reintroduced as a means of enhancing native flora and fauna in the Boulder Valley. ^'°~~°' °-~~~'°° ''°°:""°'°a :~ `"° a^„'`'°' nT i n ~ i a n r ,.c.~,e n,...~ae.. r,......., r,..,.,....e~,e....:..e m.... (S88 ~ r policy 2.05 Open Space Preservation) Ratioizale: Rewritten for better clariry. The last sentence is too detailed and unnecessary. 4.07 Ecosystem Connections and Buffers. The city and county recognize the biological importance of preserving large areas of unfragmented habitat. The city and county will work together to preserve, enhance; restore and maintain undeveloped lands critical for providing ecosystem connections and buffers for joining si~ificant ecosystems. These areas are important for sustaining biological diversity and viable habitats for native species and for minimizing impacts from developed lands. 4.08 Maintain and Restore Ecological Processes. Recognizing that ecological change is an integral part of the functioning of natural systems, the city and county shall work to ensure that, when appropriate precautions have been taken for human safety and welfare, natural processes will be utilized or mimicked to sustain, protect and enhance ecosystems. 4.09 Wetland Protection. Natural and human-made wetlands are valuable for their ecological and, where appropriate, recreational functions, including their ability to enhance water and air quality. Wetlands also function as important wildlife habitat, especially for rare, threatened, and endangered plants and wildlife. The city and county will continue to develop programs to protect and enhance wetlands in the Boulder Valley. The city shall discourage the destruction of wetlands, but in the rare cases when development is permitted and the filling of wetlands cannot be avoided, they shall be ~este~e~e~ replaced. Rationale: Corrected inaccuracy. Filled wetlands are not restorerl - they are replaced in anotherlocation. New Policy Invasive Species Management. The city and county will promote efforts, both public and private, that prevent the introduction or culture o[ invasive plant and animal species and seek to control the spread of invasive species. High priority will be given to managing invasive species S:~PLANV'B-ITEMSwtEMOS\sr6-236vcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 21 that have, or potentially could have, a substantial impact on city and county resources, or that cau reasonably be expected to be successfullp controiled. Rationale: This is a new policy that is needed ro provide direcrion on managing one of. the biggest threats io naturaf lands. It reflecis programs that are eurrentlv in place. 4.10 Public Access to Public Lands. Certain city- and county-owned or managed lands provide a means for educattng citizens on the importance of the natural environment. Public lands may include areas for recreation, preservation of agricultural use, unique natural features, and wiidlife and plant habitat. Public access to public lands shall be provided for, except where necessary, to protect such areas from unacceptable degradation, from unacceptable impact to habi[at and wildlife, or for public safety. Protect and Enhance the Qualitv of the Urban Environment 4.11 Management of Wildlife-Human Conflicts. The city and the county recognize the intrinsic value of wildliSe in both the urban and rural setting. The city will practice wildlife mauagement to minimize contlicts with residents and urban land uses, while identifying, preserving and improving _ appropriate habitat for wiidlife species in the urban area. When a wiidlife species is determined to be a nuisance or a public health hazard, a full range of alternative wildlife management techniques may be considered in order to mitigate the problem in a manner that is humane, effective, economical and ecologically responsible. The city and the county recognize the benefit of coordinating wildlife and wildlife habitat management with the Division of Wildiife and that management plans should be Sormulated within a larger ecosystem management framework. Rationale: Updated to reflect ct+rrent values and practices. 4.15 Urban Environmental Quality. To the extent possible, the city and county will seek to protect the environmental quality of areas under significant human influence such as agricultural and urban lands and will balance human needs and public safety with environmental protection. The city will develop community-wide programs and standards for new development and redevelopment so that negative environmental impacts will be mitigated and overall environmental quality of the wban environment will not worsen and may improve. New Policy Urban Forests The city and the county value urban trees for their environmental, economic, visual and social bene£ts. The urban forest is also an integral part of the city infrastructure. The city will support and promote programs and plans across departments to improve the health and vitality of the urban forest and increase overall species diversity. Preservation of mature trees and the aggressive pianting of new trees are important in the planning and design of pubtic improvements and S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMSVv1EMOS\srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 22 private developmenL The city will adopt standards to require protection of healthy existing trees in new development and redevelopment. Where appropriate, native and low water demand tree species will be emphasized. Ratia:ale: This will replace the tree conservation policv in 2.36. Staff is proposrr~g to move and enhance rhis policy given the wide-reaching environmental importance of urban trees. A1'f A....:....If....nliaad • Tl. .7 • l. 17 v . ~ .il.e..~e..e... ..,4:.... ~..ri oi.r~..:....l.le.. ,.C..... ~ .:....1~..«,.1 ~ ~ a r 1 1 4 1 A A:..e«..:i. . A..':....la.,~..11,...A....,:fl...of:.... 01 o4~f ~~ '~ ~(' {~... e~.uu.~ ~au ~ r~k.Cea TI~ o u r~k~r ntiA r ~ti}v ....II e u hl~u b ~ ~ ~~ 4~e~ ~.n4~~~ n«~ ~+ ~n/~«ie a ~hr~ c ~nfnm c_ ~ ~ ` ~ ~ b ' C f 1 1 :a:.... 7.,..A . 1 A l.l Y R ~ ^ !l0 D..e..e~.,~ti.... .. 'l /C D 1' ..1.,««:.... .. r o FD..~.,1 A.~ .... .....~e« ..A o..lo... le~oe ,. e.. ....A~ ~....,. .. _ ` ; Rationa[e: Moved to Community Design chapter under the Rural Preservation section. Protect Geologic Resources and Prevent Natural Hazards 4.13 Unique Geological Features. Due to its location at the €eaE e€ interface of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, Boulder Valley has a number of significant or unique geological and paleontological features, which have been identified. The city and county shall attempt to protect these features from alteration or destruction through a variety of ineans, such as public acquisition, land use planning and regulation, and density transfer within a particular site. (See Policy 2.05 Open Space Preservation) Rationale: Updated for accuracy and clarity. 414 Mineral Deposits. Deposits of sand, gravel, coal and similar finite resource areas shall be delineated and managed consistent with state and federal laws. Mineral deposits and other non- renewable resources shall be used with the greatest practical efficiency ivi~k and the least possible disturbance to existing natural and cultural resources. 4.16 Hazardous Areas. Hazardous areas which present danger to life and property from flood, forest fire, steep slopes, erosion, unstable soil, subsidence or similar geological development constraints shal] be delineated, and development in such areas shall be carefully controlled or prohibited. S:U'LAN~PB-ITEMSUv1EMOS~sr6-23bvcp env doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 23 4.17 Hillside Protection. Hillside and ridge-line development shall be carried out in a manner t}~at to the extent possible, avoids both negative environmental consequences to the immediate and surrounding area and the degrading of views and vistas from and of public areas. 4.18 Wildfire Protection and Management. The city and county will require on-site and off-site measures to guard against the danger of fire in developments adjacent to forests or grasslands. Recognizing that fire is a widely accepted means of managing ecosystems, the city and county wili integrate ecosystem management principles with wildfire hazard mitigation planning and urban design. New Policy Preservation of Floodplains The city and the county recognize the natural and beneficial functions of ' undeveloped floodpiains and their importance in sustaining and euhancing the community environment, character and quality. Undeveloped floodplains shall be preserved or restored where possible. Comprehensive planning of floodplain lands shall be oriented towards the preservation of natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and less toward development, redevelopment and structural mitigation measures. Rationa[e: Reflects policies adopted in the Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. The city and the county shall protect the public and property from the devastating impacts of flooding in a balanced, timely and cost-effective manner. The city and county shall manage potential floods by implementing the following guiding principles: • Preserve floodplains. • Be prepared for floods. • Help people protect themselves from flood hazards. • Prevent unwise uses and adverse impacts in the floodpfain. • Seek to accommodate tloods, not control them. Ratio~~ale: Reflects policies adopted in the Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~MEMOS~Srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 24 New Policy Non-Structural Approach The city and the county shall seek to preserve the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains by emphasizing and balancing the use of non-structural measures with structural mitigation. Where drainageway improvements are proposed, a non- structura- approach should be applied wherever possible to preserve the natural values of local waterways while balancing private property interests and associated cost to the city. Rationale: Reflects policies adopted in the Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. 4.29 Protection of High Hazard Areas. The city shal] prevent redevelopment of significantly flood-damaged properties in high hazazd azeas. The city shall prepare a plan for property acquisition of flood-damaged and undeveloped land in high hazard flood areas. Undeveloped high hazard flood areas will be retained in their natural state whenever possible. Compatible uses of riparian corridors, such as natura] ecosystems, wildlife habitat and wetlands shall be encouraged wherever appropriate. Trails or other open recreational facilities may be feasible in certain areas. New Policy Larger Flooding Events Flood management has historically focused on and primarily addresses the impacts of a 100-year flood event. The city aud county recognize that larger flooding events will occur resulting in greater risks and flood damage that will affect even improvements constructed with standard flood protection measures. The city and county will seek to better understand the impact of larger flood events and consider necessary iloodplain management strategies. Rationale: Reflects policies adopted in the Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan. 4.25 Drainage Utility Plans. The city shall prepare and maintain drainage utility plans that define maintenance needs, priorities for improvements, funding requirements, the character of necessary structural improvements, and water quality issues. S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~NIEMOS\srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 25 Protect and Improve Water and Air Oualitv 4.19 Protection of Water Quality. Water quality is a critical health, economic and aesthetic concem. The city and county shall protect, maintain and improve water quality within the Boulder Creek basin and Boulder Valley watersheds as a necessary component of existing ecosystems and as a critical resource for the human community. The city and county shall seek to °°~ et.o .,1~ F ~ro .,I:r. r.. ..~.. F..11 ..1: .:.1, F Ae ..1 „A ,..,..e ^~'°- ~..°,:'.. °'°~~'~-a° °°~ •~ reduce point and nonpoint sources of pollutants. Special emphasis shall be placed on regional efforts such as watershed planning and protection. ~4'F ,.'.. ,.1..,11 l.e ..,...ie i., t,.l.o ., ..te....,~e.i .. ....1. ~.. ~l.e ..~..a.,..~:.... ,.F..{.......i.....~e~ L ~C ..~e ..A ..~.. ,.~e «A t.. ..1.. C..« C..~.. ,.A.. ~ Rationate: Updated to delete unnecessary mformation and redundancies with other policies. 4.20 Water Resource Ylanning. ~ The city and county shall work together and with other governmental agencies to develop and implement appropriate water quality standards, water resource allocations, and water quality protection programs. Water resource planning efforts shall include such things as: water quality master planning, surface and ground water conservation, and evaluation of pollutant sources. T,.,, ,.:... ~w..n :...,..~...~ ......o_ ,. ...r....:.,.,. ,.«wa....~.,..~:,,...._,.,.,.,.,.e,. .,»__. »., ..__ .i__""'~ ~ '"_""..~,.,.._...,__ ».._ _~_.. ».,_ i.___.__...D. _.___.. ».,_ ~._.._"""., ""_` "~.."' ...~e....,.il..ti..« .....A .. ,.~e .....~e..........e....,.ti.... ..1..,11 i.e e ..vA T .....,1 Ae..el.......o..r ..t...... ~l,.,ll l.e ..e..;e...vA C ~ A.e:..:...«....~ .. ..,re.. .. .,.1:~.. Rafioizale: Deleted sentences incorporated into policy 4.31 to elimi~:ate redundancies. 4Z1 Drinking Water. The city and county shall protect the quality of its water sources and shall meet all Colorado g~a~drinking water standards and source water protection requirements. It is also the goal of the city to meet secondary drinking water standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and to evaluate additional voluntary standards as appropriate. The city and countXwill seek to imurove the qualitv of drinkin¢ water and sk~l-work with other water and ]and use interests as needed to assure the integrity and quality of its drinking water supplies. Rationale: The city seeks to meet all drinking water standards, not~ust the primary standards. 4.22 Storm Water. The city and county shall protect the quality of its surface waters, meet all state and federal requirements for storm water quality, and evaluate additiona] voluntary standazds as appropriate. S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~tEMOS\srb-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 26 4.23 Minimum Flow Program. The city shall pursue expansion of the existing in-stream flow program consistent with applicable law and manage stream flows to protect riparian and aquatic ecosystems within the Boulder Creek watershed. 4.24 Groundwater. The city and county shall continue to evaluate aquifers, groundwater recharge and discharge areas, and sources of groundwater pollution within the Boulder Creek watersheds and formulate appropriate pollution and source protection programs. Impacts to groundwater shall be considered in land use planning, development review and public land management practices. 4.25 Pollution Control. The city and county shall seek to control both point and non-point sources of water through pollution prevention, improved land use configurations, wetland detention areas, site construction standards, and standards to control degradation of streams and lakes caused by storm runoff in urban and rural areas, and control and monitoring of direct sources of discharge, including those of gravel extraction and wastewater treatment facilities. Rationale: Addition suggested by EAB member. 4.26 Wastewater. The city shall meet all requirements for wastewater treatment under its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit and evaluate additional voluntazy standards as appropriate. The city and county support the County Board of Health's policy discouraging the installation of private sewage disposal systems where municipa] collection systems are available or where a potential pollution or health hazard would be created. The city and county shall support the development of programs to monitor problems associated with failing septic systems. (See Policy 1.25 Annexation) 4.30 Protection of Air Quality. Air quality is a critical health, economic, and aesthetic concem. The city and county will °°°'~~~maintain full compliance with federal air quality standards and te-reduce stationary and mobile source emissions of pollutants. Special emphasis will be placed on local and regional efforts to reduce pollutants which cause adverse health effects and impair visibility. (See Policy i.l l Regional Cooperation) New Policy Greenhouse Gas Emissions The city shall identify and implement cost-effective actions that will reduce Boulder's contribution to total global greenhouse gas emissions. The initial goal is to be in alignment wit6 the Kyoto Protocol target of reducing greenhouse gas S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMS~NIEMOS\sr6-236vcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 27 emissions 7% below 19901evels. Reducing emissions requires integration of land use, building code, transportation and energy supply policies. Rationale: New policy to reflect Council resolution concerning Greenhouse Gas Emissions. ' 4.31 Integration of Water and Air Quality with Transportation Planning. The city and county will integrate air and water quality planning into the land use and transportation planning, and traffic management processes. Land use patterns that reduce water pollution and air emissioas will be emphasized. The city and the county will consider strategies to reduce impacts to air and water quality through the development review process by emphasizing water quality protection measures, stabilization of soils, appropriate monitoring of construction and mining operations, and minimization of exposure to both mobile and stationary sources of air pollution. The city will promote transportation strategies which encourage alternatives to traditional fuels and travel in singie-occupant vehicles. (See Policy 6.13 Improving Air Qualiry) Rationale: Combined with policies 4.20 and 4.32. T~.,. ":.., ,,..a ,. .......,:n ;.,.o,.....,e ., ...i:.....i ...... :.... :..... .~,e i,,..a . ..i.....,:.,,..._,.,.e.. L~.A nr~e n R...~ .-vA, e~.. el ..A .:11 l.e vA T,. ,.1 ,..u .,~ ..1., .:11 l.o oA C .. tl.o ..f.. „1:~. .:H. ..1 ~ u ~ n~~~n n}e pmn~+n nhn~~~~ nh~~ ~{ ~ ~ h~ ..{ r nh'..rt~~ ...~ ~ ~..l~~ria~ ~~ m u h~ ~e~~~ w~~~. t~.y~.a ~ ~ ~e n~a nln4~~~n.~.. n ..{ n.n e Rationale: Co»:bined with policy 4.31. Ratio~:ale: Combined with policy 4.03. Conserve Natural Resources D..~.~....4 ATn4......, n„~,,....,,o~. D,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ~:~ ,...,. . ..i.,...,:.... a~ ..:..:...... ... .., e .we arr.,.:e.,,.., ,.c~e..,..,.,.e .. „ r~.o a,.,na,.~ v..n,... ~..a ~.. ..«......~....e fl.e ....,. ..F.e.........l.le ..e~..,.~..e,. /C.~o D..1:.... 9 A!1 S~PLAN~PB-ITEMSUvfEMOS\sr6-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 28 Rationale: Incorporated into the sustainabiliry policies in Chapter 1. 4.35 Water Conservation. The city and county shall promote the conservation of water resources through water quality protection, public educatjon, monitoring, and policies that promote appropriate water usage. Low-water use landscaping compatible with vegetation types native to the Boulder Valley and the use of natural rainwater for irrigation, consistent with state water law, shall be encouraged. The city shall pursue a water conservation program designed to minimize water waste and reduce water use during peak demand periods. New development and redevelopment designed to conserve water shall be encouraged. Recycling techniques, water pricing, improved plumbing methods and fixtures, and efficient site design will also be encouraged. (See Policy 2.40 Quality Residential Site Design) Ratio~:ale: Updated to reflect current practices and requirements. 4.36 Energy Conservation and Renewable Enerev. The objective of city energy programs is to limit growth in the use of all non-renewable energy resources, accommodating new growth by an overall per capita decrease in energy use. The city will implement policies and programs that enhance opportunities for individuals, businesses and public organizations to conserve energy and convert to renewable resources. The city shall set goals for the use of non-renewable energy that are consistent with an orderly transition to a sustainable energy economy in order to preserve fossil fuels for future generations. The city will support conservation in buildings by developing improved standards and providing information about techniques for energy efficiency. The city will support private decisions to use renewable energy, will publicly develop local renewable energy resources where economical, and will preserve future options for renewable energy so that they may be developed when they become costs effective. Rationale: Updated to reflect current program direction. Combined with policy 4.37. 4.3a c ........................ ..r c...._.... ~ ~.........F:.,~.. Tt.~ ..:s....L...ll : ..le...e«~ «,.1:,.:.,.. ....A ... ,. al...~ e..l.......e .. ...,...t.,«:ti e.. f ~ ..A:.,:A....1.. 1...,.:..e~,.e,. ....A «..7./:.. .. ....ti,...., t.. .. «A . . .e.-' t ..1.1,. ' _ _'- __'- _Tl.e ..:~. ..7...11 ~ ...rt .. .,ti.. .. 1.,,:1A:~ ..A .. .. h. Ae..el..«:«..:... ..,A ..a..~.,]..~A.. .....A.. .:A:«,.:«F .....,~:.... ~1.....t fe..t...:... eCC.,.:e..,... Tl,e ,.:~.. ..w,.tl .. «...-~ ..':...,ro Ao..:~:....~ r~. „ ,~hle o .e~ f ~ e..e~..., ~1..,17 ., «..1~1:..1.. A.,..~.1,... 1......1 «e..e...,.M/e e..e...... ~e.....,~..e~ .,,l.e~o o ...........:....1 o.. e F..~...-e ..w:,...,. F ~~,..........l.l~ e..e.......... A...~ fl.e.........l.e Ae..ei....e.i ...l.e.. A oh..ll «.ooe...,o 11.e..l.e.......o a1 u{~F rh~~ ~ Rationale: Combined with policy 4.36. S:U'LAN~PB-ITEMS~IvIEMOS~sr6-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 29 4.39 Energy-Efiicient Land Use. The city and county shall encourage the conservation of energy through land use policies and regulations goveming placement, orientation and clustering of development and through housing policies and regulations. The conservation of energy is served by the development of more intense land use patterns; the provision of recreation, employment and essential services in proximity to housing; the development of mass transit.corridors, aad efficient transportation_, °°~' - ° •°'~~- ~° ° °" -'°m~'~~~~~ ~~a Rationale: Eliminated redundancy with policy 4.40. 4.40 Energy-Efficient Building Design and Construction Waste Miaimization. The city shall continue its efforts to improve ~the energy and resource efficiency of £l~e-ei~y's new and existing buildings„ --~°~.. ~c.°'~:~'- ...°~°'~..:" :„ ~~ °-° ~'' °'~,.~-'°~~ «.7 : . Tl.o t.if., ..1,..11 ......1:....e w.. :... ....... ,.~ njy~ ........ .... .'~ ° ~F~~ ~~~~ ~^ ^°° ~~~°'~~~'~~~. The city s6all continue to improve codes, standards, and regulations assuring energy and resource efficiency in new construction, remodels and renovation projects. City energy conservation programs shall be sensitive to the unique situations that iovolve historic preservation and ~~ low-income home owners and renters, and shall assure that programs assisting these groups are continued. The city shall encourage renovation of existing buildings over demolition and shall develop policies and programs which promote the reuse of demolished materials in development and construction practices. Rationa[e: Update to reflect current program direction and combined with policy 4.42. 4.41 Waste Minimization and Recycling. The city and county will actively pursue and support programs and activities that reduce the amount of waste that must be landfilled. Policies will emphasize source reduction, reuse, composting, recycling and the use of materials with recycled content It is the goal of the city to reduce solid waste produced in the city by achieving a Ffty percent waste diversion level by the end of 2005. Higher goals may be set by City Council from time to time as it is deemed feasib-e and desirable. D~..,a°- ~'~„°° :~ , ~on ,e..e~,. ,... > . Only as a last resort should a waste be buried or burned. Rationale: Updated to reflect current program direction. Rationale: Combined with policy 4.40. S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMSUNEMOS\sr6-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pa¢e # 30 4.43 Promoting the Use of Recycled Materials. T ...1:..,. ....,] . ....~e ..vA....ti.... .. .....c.....h:.... tl.e ..:t.. ....,7 ,. ...i.. ,.l.,.ll b^ ^J D f l.' 1. A 1.1,. ~ nnl.le .. ..nAle ~ r..inl.le .. ..41.a.ssr:..., .. e..! .. 1..... . ....~,~ e ~Y~ > v ~~~ e~~e 1 ..ti« «,] ..le 1.. ..1... ..le.] .. ..,1..,.a.. r-~~..~--~--~°~~ °°° .°~°-° f°°~The city and county will develop recycling programs, policies and infrastructure that encourage and support the recycling and reuse of recyclable materials. The city and county will create and maintain a relevant Environmental Purchasing Policy that promotes markets for recycled commodities; encourages t6e use of products and services whiCh are durable, repairable, reusable, recyclable, and economically viable. This policy will promote the preferential purchasing of recycled products for government use w6ere available and justifiable by calculating life cycle costs over first costs. Ratiaaale: Updated to reflect current program direction. Minimize Use of Pollutants 4.44 Reduction of Use and Safe Disposal of Hazardous Materials. The city and county shall work together to reduce use and ensure safe disposal of hazardous materials in city and county operations, residences and businesses. Information shall be provided for businesses and households about non-toxic alternatives, pollution prevention, and responsible use and disposa] of hazardous materials. Use of a household hazardous waste collection facility shall be made available to all residents. 4.45 Integrated Pest Management. The city and county shall encourage efforts, both public and private, to reduce the use of pesticides (~~rherbicides, insecticides, ~~°`~~~~~ fungicides, avicides and rodenticides). In its own practices, the city and county commits-to the use of integrated pest management practices, which emphasizes the selection of the most environmentally-sound approach to pest management, with the overall goal of reducing and, where possible, eliminating the dependence on chemica] pest-control strategies. When public health risks are identified, the city will balance the impacts and risks to the residents and the enviroament when choosing control measures. Rationale: Updated for clarity and to reflect current practice. A A6 N..:~.. A 6..~e.......• ~{. {~ ~ ...~ ~n..a ene «u~nti~n..~+....~ nn ~ve~~ nn ~v ~~~~r~nann i~..41. «n.-L..~..~nr ~ v~ ~~~~rwu~.~.~w 1. ., t.. ~l.e : ..~ ,.F...,. ,..w..~:,.., ...,.] ;...],,..r.:.,l F ..:l:ti,... ....,7 .. ......... ».... ~.:.~.f..°.: ...~:,...1 ,1,...:,~. lO..e D..7:,... L 1 A AT..:..e Al.nfe«.e..hl . ~nuvui~ Rationale: Combined with policv 2.18. S~PLAN~PB-ITEMSUviEMOS\sr6-23bvcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 31 Twe ,.:,.. ...,a ,.,....,«.. ,.~..,n e.,,..,.,_..,.e .wo eFr.,.:e.,. ,,,.e ,.s,.,..a,.,... r,.~,.:..,. .,. _,.a..,.e r,.~.. .~..ll.,ti.... ....A ........e....o e..e.....,..d.:le «~...,:A:.... F ......I.7:.. ~..F ~.. ~.Te..~... .e,. ......1. ..,. ....:.... eFF...:e...r 1:..6~.. .. N.~~ N.e la. ~ ~ .el ....,A t:...:......F....~A... .~ 1:..1.~:....: ~ a e 1.,.1.1 A....~.....,,~A ..7...71 l.e « ~vA p Rationale: The policy is implemented through the ciry's illuminatior: ordinance and is too specif c for the BVCP. ~ S:~PLAN~PB-ITEMSUvIEMOS\sr6-236vcp env.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 32 5. Economy The city and county will encourage a viable and balanced economv structw~e and employment base within the parameters of esta6lished land use, enviranmental and growth policies. The city and counry recognize that a healthy, adaptable loca! econo~ny is vital to the communiry's ability to provide a highly desirable qualiry of life, high levels of services and amenities. The city aiid counry recognize the critical interrelationship between the long-ternt health of the natural environment, the economy, and the livabilitj~ of the community. The city and counry shall seek to ensure that current needs are n:et without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Boulder's economy is based on innovation, entrepreneurship, quality and service. The private-sector employment base is mostly focused in services, primarily research, technology and scientific occupations. Boulder has a large number of businesses in the following industry groups: natural foods, renewable energy and green building, biosciences, photonics, software and the internet, outdoor and sports, and creative services. Retail, manufacturing and the public sector (the University of Colorado, federal labs, school district, and local government) play strong roles within the Boulder economy, as does tourism. Sustainable tourism enhances the economic, environmental and social elements of Boulder, adds to our quality of life and supports vital aspects of our community such as our vibrant arts and cultural community and our active recreation sectar. The city is exploring the feasibility of a conference/convention facility in the downtown area. Boulder is fortunate to serve as the home of the University of Colorado as well as Naropa University. These institutions are critical contributors to the overall economy, add positively to the research, high technology and scientitic employment niche of the community, and provide important continuing education opportunities. Boulder's role in the region has changed dramatically over the last decade. Approximately 30 years of growth management policies focused principally on limiting residential sprawl and acquiring large buffers of permanent open space, have had many beneficial effects. These have, however, also contributed to a jobs/housing imbalance w6ere the number of the jobs in the community ts about equal to the total population and considerably greater than the resident work force. Surrounding communities have experienced substantial increases in housing, as well as commercial and job opportunities. In addition, many retail developments in other communities have been developed with the assistance of public financing. Consequently, Boulder's share of the regional market has decreased. However, the Twenty Ninth Street project is expected to be a major contributor to the revitalization of Boulder's retail base S:\PLANIPB-ITEMS~IEMOS\sr6-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pase # 33 As a result, Boulder's position as the regional shopping and employment center has diminished. As measured in the context of sales and use tax collections-tax revenue to the city of Boulder fell by approximately 20% from 2000 to 2003. This change rellects a long term structural shift that has resulted in the city no longer enjoying the role of regional retail and business center. A significant part of the problem relates to Boulder's loss of competitive position, mainiy, retail sales and businesses and jobs lost to surrounding communities. In 2003, the city adopted an Economic Vitality policy to reinforce the importance of economic health to the overall quality of life of the citizens and articulate the city's support of business and economic development. Since 2003, economic indicators have shown mild improvement in the local economy including improved retail sales activity, positive job growth, and increased personai and household incomes. The Economic Vitality Work Plan, approved in 2005, includes strategies and actions to further the city's economic vitality policy and is based on partnering with other organizations that provide economic development services to the Bouider community. Boulder's challenge will be to tailor its economic policies and programs to support and enhance its unique, innovative and entrepreneurial assets and opportunities, while balancing the community's essential goals and distinctive lifestyle. ~.........-~ ..FA..o :..o.... ....A o........« .;.. A e..el... ....e..~ T .........A ~6 :.. e..A ~1... !`:~ .....:il ..~:1:.~ „ .. e ~ e..~:«~1.,......1:~.., .F1:C ..«A .. ~:a. ,..CtAe,. ..:~., ,.w......,..~_:,.«:,,~ .. ..i.. .,. n,..na ,..-~.. ~ _ .._, .c.. ..,.r.« . > ,a ,. e. ° . .. ,.,.,.~,...,. . .n ,.a , ~ ~ F..t ' 1.... ~~ I .... .., 'tl.:« ~l.e D ~ ~ ~ * ~ ~( p ~ 111~~6IIIGICIITIZ ~,J C[rJLIO]I~ [p} C' \~ [[IIIII LIIG net e~ eeen er~t3 , 6 OPi5 e~~5~. S . , ILLR'} ..,i.. ,.C -.. ' ..lA.,~ ..d ~1.~ D. ..,IAe . V..l le.. C..1.,.. .1 Tl:..~..:, .4 Tl.:,. ....1...h~ ' «ti..l ~..le .. C aL.e ~~~~~.n ....h~r > ....h~.~n h~u D..~~ ~~e~ u C...-1 ~u~ ~.~.d ti~vhun 4.. nln~.~.. ~IT n,.,.iao_ :.. r,..-t ......... ... .. ,. ~t,e ti,....,e ,.c.~,e T T..:,.o~..:«.. ,.s r,.i,.~..a„ ., .en „ ~..t ..N..,~ :..,.ti~..ti...,.. ,.Cl.:..l.e.- le ......:.... .. ...}. oo TT..~...... 7 i..:.,er..:4i~ o..A C.....f D....~.e E~rtrnl~ti:Tcal~ege. ~r,.,,,.,, ~.,.a:e,. ,. _:.:,,,,~ ,.,..,...:~..,.,._.. .,..~.e ,. _..>> e ` ~,,,, S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUVIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA [TEM # bB Paee # 34 1 1.,. ..1. 1.',.~ ~e..l... ..1 ...7 ..r:4;~. ..i.. ,.l.o ..Fi1.e ,7 .. C.. A.e .. :..ti.... 1......1 1..1...~ F... > ,7' .i ' I,...,.. ~ ....le.-..1.,......... efF Hc~,~. ~t.,, . ~ ~ ~ .,..w ..C4l.e :...7:....7....1 a r a a a A 1 ' :a..a:,. ..A R.,~ .. «:t...,4 1.,~.. ...........~.. .~ . . . b.. r T] 1.7 1 ' 7,' l. 1~~..,.. 7,... .. «.ie......:.... .i .nm.~f;n .. t....., .e Tl.e Il... .l.i~. ~, a ,.i: a a ....,,..:, ...n.. ., a > .we . ~ ~nnn ~~ n ~ ..,a ..va :.. .~ ... ......... ... ..r > i a n «,. .t,e r: ... ,.c a, ...iae .- t,.... a,tto. , t,., ~--~- 0 ~ ~ t .,........i ,.~.:w .w,.. w ..,. .. .n.a,t :,, r ~ t,v_r:«.. , .c n ,...ia,._ ..,, i.. .,,.e. a w ,.ie , .r ..i e.,,:i .,a ~., ...,. u~~.:ie ,,..~: ,.c «~.: ~ ~' ~ ~}~ ~] ~ n ~ ~ H l~~ n~ ra .+l.~. nh~ n~ u .C n Hf D ~ F l. 1 .1 l..ae.. ~.. D ,...IAe~>.. 1.. .... ..F.........er:f:. .o....~:ti.. .. ..1.. ...,~..:1 ..,.le.. y .7 1. ,. 1....~ ~ ,. .. ...7: .... .. r r + ~ A 1 ,. • :... ,.«1 .. . ............« :tie.. 6,.,. ; o oA ~ ...~.;F. ......A .. ,.~ ... ...1. C ..te.. Y J 1. 1 l.i A.......t....e ..:t ....CD...AA.,« !`. .«..e....e.. tl.. 8 ...,1Ao1.. ..1... ~., . C 1. 1 1. ,.~ . ,.1.««l~ Ti.e ..1. ,.lle .:11 l.0 4.. .~eC... ..l.ea .. ,.l.e 1:. o ~ ~+ ~ 'A FC.,.: e«~ ,.1 .,.«..:..,. ,. . .,..w...,:tio~ f .. ,,,oor t4.e ...,,~A. . ,.F..e..:,7, .~.a.. \z71.'1 1. . ..,.1:,.:e.. .. .,,] ..11 ~l.e .. ,.l.:e..e..,e..f~ r1, ~r 1.~..,. .., ..,]e tl.e ,. . .:~.. a a i i b Y ,. Y i:..e ...,._i. . ,~a ,....... ~~~ .....:..e.... ., .,o~., r,..... :.. . .e,.,.: ..va n,...ue. ...:n ..». r...~ _ .., ..., ._--' ~'- .,'m- - - --°°--~ ---- ---- -- - - -- -` - - ----- ~ a n w «:,.~ n . e ~~: .:. ,.r ,. ~.,.:. ~~e ... ,,, ,~~ ~t..,. ~... ~...e_va ' ..a ~ a w w r~'.., n,. .,..a,. .,..a r ....... .:....:...... rV:... ~,.,..,,.;t ~, ~o !`.. ..:r. co~iair'xTT , ~ ~ 1, t....l' e,. F ...7 « ..1~1. 1: ;~:. . ;de. .t:,.l ~oinmm-aiic a a ,. i.._,.e w..c c r.. ,.c..e..... . ,..,e... ,, ~ + o w....,. ~...a n ~ .. ., we ~ .,er.,. :.,i ,.c~ ,..,. `1 b b Y r ' r : ~ 1 1 l t h S' Tl. 1. 7. -rn~.,~~ ..... ~~~ .... 4}~ l. ~ .. ~ . ~ 1 . ~ ......, ~.,""' ...I...n n~ 1.. .7 s.. .. ""..».._~ _,. _ ....! .. .n~ f~ :,.1...M......:«.. .. ~ _...,. ""' __"""a '"" hwu 4~Ln~ w r~ii~ ~ .. ... ..«..e "' "_'__ _ nfi~~ n«.~ ... .e. " __._ r~ n .e * ~e ..,,w. o _ "_ _ "_- _' _ ~~e~n~~~. .v~ « .. _ - - nh.~r ~ ~n.~ h~u ~u....~.. ..~ ~~ ~ ~ «~. F ~~~ -i r r ~ri- i- i a i ,~ ~ cr a ~.i ~.,.....:..,. c.. n,...ia e_..,,...ve~., n.w ,.:«:..,, ~...,,.:,..,,.. .., .:~......,. ,..,a :...e~e~.:..,. ,~o ot.,., .,.,. ,. .-.....:.:o,. r .. ' / 1, ,. ,...~~ «e,7....,..1 ~ ..............~..a:,.... ,.«.7 ,..,~L:.... « :ro e „ 1 ~e+~ln~ad~n ~ ...7,..7 L... ..1. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUI'IEMOS\sr6-23bvcp ewnomy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 35 5.01 Economic Vitality Economic Vitality in Boulder will be pursued through a partnership among the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The city's primary contribution is through the provision of efficient processes and procedures required for site development, the investment in municipal infrastructure, and consideration of other initiatives on a case-by-case basis. The city wilt adopt economic vitality programs and strategies that foster innovation, enhance competitiveness, and expand markets. The city and county shall support a diversified employment base within the Boulder Valley, reflecting manpower and labor force capabilities and recognizing amenities for emphasizing scientific, technological and related industries. Inclusion of elements in the economic vitality progam should enhance the community's role in the global and domestic marketplace. New Policy Regional Job Center The city is one of several job centers in the region and significant additional employment growth is projected in the future. The city will adopt policies and strategies that support the city's role as a job center in the future. The cit}~ will seek opportunities to improve t6e jobs:housing balanee while maintaining a healthy economy by encouraging new mixed use neighborhoods close to where people work, preserving service commercial uses, encouraging new retail development, and converting industriai use to residential use in appropriate locations. 5.02 Support for Local Business. The city and county recognize the significant contribution of existing businesses in the local economy. The city shall support the retention, expansion, and entrepreneurial activities of existing local businesses and maintain a positive climate for retail and business. New Policy Industry Clusters The city will adopt an industry cluster approach to business development and will consider financial and technical assistance programs and otLer tools to retain, expand, aud attract businesses in those clusters. Cluster efforts focus on.supporting multiple businesses in an industry. • 'r~e n~f~. n~~ r •..4v ~u~~..~~~~au ! ~M k~u«u . w~{.n~nnr u ~nol~veen w ~~~nti ~r~ n~~ «1,..,....e..~ :.. ~l.e D....1.7..~ V..7 1~,.. ...:N. :..1... ,. ....:F....... fl., o~...veA:.... rl.e ..,...LC «..o..e..:,7:«r.:« tl.., V..11.~. e . D....:e..ti....,. ,.CC..~..~e . ......,.R. :.. ~L.oT]....t Ao~ V..llo..:«A:,...t~ .. .. ~«~.~.~ 4.. vu~~..~.. Il.u rhn....~i~~~e .~ .1.~7,.«..,. l.er.. .. ..1 C4h~n .«.l.n~n.~no ... !~u C ,.~:.... ,.«A ., ..1....... d..~e k~u ..~1v ~~he e..4 T« «~n Y~ ) ' I r l.nne TI ~r fl..~ ...k~r~n .. dee} k.. n .~~.nL. R..n f{~~.~~„~}~ n ml.~r~n ti~.~ .~4~ h.,..,.o.- a.. R.e !`.....«.-e6,,....:..e Dl.,.. 1....A . .. :l.le l0...7 ., o;r;.. ..c S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS~NIEMOS\srb-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 36 , , ~ ,~~ u ~ ~ ~. , .~.,; ~... ,,. :...e..~ a ~ ~~ ~ ~~~o, ~ r:c.n~...r.~j..~.. var¢xacii~. ~rriv c siiirsoa.F~P~~ ~~ 5.04 Employment Opportunities. The city and county shall encourage local employers, to the maximum extent feasible, to provide employment opportunities for all persons including the local unemployed and underemployed work force, and to implement affirmative action programs in cooperation with various agencies providing employment assistance programs. 5.05 Industrial Zoning. Industrial zoning under the Comprehensive, Plan shall provide the opportunity for the location of industries of various types and uses, including those uses considered essential to the Boulder Valley population from a service standpoint. The zoning ordinance will be updated periodically to assure it is adequately accommodating the existing and future needs of a rapidly changing and technologically-oriented global industrial and services employment base. The city shall identify areas that should be protected for iadustrial and office uses, in which housiug and mixed use development will not be allowed. Where appropriate, other mixed-use development areas will be encouraged that incorporate residential uses and support services for the employment base. 5.06 Upgrade Existing Commercial and Industrial Areas. The city will cooperate with the private sector to foster the revitalization of commercial and industrial areas ~e~£e~s in order to create greater vitality, enhance retail and services desired by employees, eggeH~iFies and where appropriate, add housing and create transit-friendly developments. The city shall work with property owners to improve the quality of Boulder's office and industrial buildings through rehabilitation or redevelopment. A variety of tools should be considered to create public/private partnerships that lead to successful redevelopment. These tools may include, but aze not limited to, area planning, infrastructure improvements, changes to zoning or development standards and eeer~ex~ie financial incentives. 5.07 Partnerships. The efforts of the city and the private sector to enhance the economic prosperity of the community are directly and indirecUy supported by several organizations and entities. This includes the University of Colorado, Downtown Boulder Inc., Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Boulder Economic Counci-, Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau, Boulder Innovation Center ~~, the Boulder Valley School District, and other groups. Though each has an independent focus, their work contributes to the overall quality of life enjoyed within the community. The city and county understand the central role that the Federal Labs and the University of Colorado play in our economy. The city will S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSU~fEMOS\sr6-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Pa2e # 37 take an active role in efforts to preserve the State and Federal funding for these entities to ensure they remain in Boulder and will pursue mutually beneficial partnerships. The city and county shall encourage and support dedicated efforts of the public school system as well as the variety of post-secondary educational institutions to offer quality continuing education and vocational training. 5.08 Vital and Productive Retail Base. With Boulder's retail role in the region changing, the city and county recognize the need for the city to actively support its retail base. (a} The city will update its land use regulations to encourage and facilitate private reinvestment and ~tiedet~a~iea redevelopment of its retail centers. Particular emphasis will be focused on creating opportunities for mixed-use centers incorporating retail, entertainment, office and residential uses served by transit. (b) The city will coordinate its capital improvement program in a manner where public infrastructure investments may be completed in conjunction with approved city adopted plans as incentives to encourage private investments to occur. (c) The city will support coordinated public/private initiatives at the citywide activity centers, including downtown Boulder and the Boulder Valley Regional Center. It will also consider, depending upon specific circumstances and opportunities/needs, initiatives designed to facilitate mixed-use development at community retail centers where appropriate. (d) The city will develop and impiement a retail strategy that will address the shopping needs of residents. T'~° ~~`•~ ° ~" -~ ~^~- °~a ° ~°'°°'°, 4~.«..~~~{~ rhn.~L..4 ..h~~A~un .....I ~hl~e« n..nlvn~n 4Au ~ukn~I m ~ 4I~e r~fv 4~ n ~n} > . ~ ~4~ ~~un~f~n~. «~.~. ~(~«o~n.~ ~i.4n~~~n~Mr~~4n k~nk ~n~~.r~~e n re~~~ ~ r~~e~ cl... .. {l.e d~ 5.09 Funding City Services Consistent with community goals and character, encourage a strong sustainable economy to fund quality city services for all citizens. 5.10 Role of Tourism in the Economy Recognizing the unique character of Boulder, the city will support on-going efforts to e~eate implernent a tourism ~taster-~aa program with various partners including the Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau, study the existing and future role of tourism in the eee~e~y community and track the impact of tounsm on the economy. 5.11 Role of Arts and Culturai Programs The city and county shall support and encourage further development of arts and cultural program that can serve as attractors for new business investment as well as enhancing quality of life. (See also Policy 3.17 The Arts) S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSU~IEMOS\sr6-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Page # 38 New Policy Role of Agriculture The city and countV will foster and assist continued agricultural production in the Boulder Valley. A significant portion of Area III is or has historically been dedicated to agricultural production. A viable agricultural economy is an important tool for the preservation of the rural character of Area III and provides an opportunity to grow and/or market locally produced food, 6ber and horticultural products. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMS\MEMOS\sr6-23bvcp economy.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 39 8. Human Services For a community to preserve and maintain a high quatiry of life for att of its residents, i~ must provide certain facilities and services, among which are human service programs and a focus on promoting cultural, socia! m:d economic equity. Human services are broadly defined as those programs which care for people's physical and naental health, economic well-betng and social needs. Social equiry is broadly deftned as insuring tlre needs of al! members of the community are considered and included in the planning and decision nraking process. The role of human services in the comprehensive plan revolves around two przmary issues: I) The policies and investments which guide die provision of human services, and 2) The social implicatiw:s of proposed physical development. ~lte- eerrtrxttrtity~ Despite the perception of Boulder as a wealthy, aflluent community, many residents struggle with incomes that are insufficient to meet basic needs. High local housing costs and escalating health care costs, combined with low wages, leave many people without sufficient resources to cover essential needs, such as food, housing, health care, child care and transportation. T6ese factors place a heavy demand on local human service systems. While poverty is clearly a risk factor for many problems, it is by no means the sole determinant contributing to the need for human services. Alcohol and drug use, suicide, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, social isolation and other issues impact all members of the community, regardless of ecoaomic status. Because of finite resources, public human services often prioritize, but are not limited to, low- income residents and those with chronic disabilities. The fundamental goal of human services is to improve life conditions by responding to economic, social and health needs, especially in time of crisis. To attain this goal, human services are designed to assist individuais and families in meeting primary needs, with the ultimate goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency and become, or continue to be, contributing members of the community. These basic needs include: • Survival (e.g., housing/shelter, food, safety, clothing) . u~..~«~~~~ physical and mental health care • Sustaining gainful employment (e.g., i~ain~g-at~~ available chi]d care) • Social support and assistance, especially in times of personal or family crisis (e.g., information and referral and emergency assistance) • Management of chronic or situational disabilities ~°.~., -°'~°'~~'~'^`~~~'~°°*m°~' ~~~ "~--~~ "°°°-' ~°-° care and treatment) and • Access to available, appropriate services (e.g., transportation and information a~ ~) , ,. i,... ..a:..:a...,i.. .,..a ~..,:ro.. ....a rwe ,.~._,..,;,.~n., a:~..~.iva r.. .we e,,.i., i mn,. S:~PLAN\PB-ITEM5~NIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp human svcs.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 40 ~ C .. ,.e«..:e..: e.......e.. ..C ....] C n..~..C.~ n .. f{.a .iol:..e~....Cl...~..n., n ........~~ .. .... r,..,....,...._ ~.," r'..""' _a'""'"__ '"" """' _"_' __~ __ ___'_"_' '__ . __ __. U lA ~ II C ' T,f he~ DI.... .l •vA ' ii - -u a uS 1 OOA A --~7 .. ,.11.. 1... ~ e i° vvmacrvzxaxras[xrocrriciTr~x x ccn cmr c Pcca c ................» ..~ .,~ x»~ ~a ~ ...:kee .. .:,7.,.. ~we ~.,..,,e...,.~L F «ft,e ..:r:.s i........... .. ,.1:,.., ....,] ~~ ~ ~A' Tt.,, ..i^ ..11.. C - ..t«. «~ l.e ..A , ~ .. ............ ..... .... ..,....~ ».... ~he h.....~_ ,.A.. ...;i„~.'~. .°..~..'~.:: a.. r .:.1: ,. 1.,,1.. e .. ~.. ..~... ..~ ~l e . ..ron,ontio ..,] .. ..ti.... ~e Y > ..1....e ....A ....~,.:Ae F ..~..~.. .. ...L. ..~ fhe ....f:......1 .. ..1:...,.~e ....,] ~~ ,.1.........~ :.. a r ~ °i~niwviic A signature mark of human services in the Boulder community is the extent and success of partnerships among public and non-profit agencies. Anot6er noteworthy feature is the extent to which problems are addressed IocaEly; this is particu(arly important during times of diminished state and federal funding. Human services contribute to the character and quality of life of the entire community, not just those receiving services. For example, child care assistance helps employees of local business retain jobs and the availability of health care through non-profits supports employees of business that do not provide health care. A family with access to primary medical care will avoid more costly treatment down the road and which impact a child's ability to learn in school or a parents ability to work. An increasingly diverse community, the aging of the population, income disparity among residents, the high percentage of parents in the labor force, and issues of concern for youth will bring challenges to the human services network. The provision of human services in the community is related social couditions which are impacted by other factors also, such as the local economy, availability of transportation, significant events, and Iocal regulations. These trends and factors create a greater need for community involvement in processes to address social issues. Involvement is key to addressing equity issues. Outreach to all residents of the community and inclusion in problem solving widens the view of community priorities, reduces (minimizes) inequities, and creates more informed solutions to local problems. In 2005, the city of Boulder will complete a ten-year update to the Housing and Human Services Master Plan, w6ich will provide policy guidance for the services provided by the City and the furtds allocated to the community in support of human service agencies and housing. In 2004, Boulder City Council approved a aew policy goal area, Community Sustainability, which focuses on the social environment and needs of the community as it relates to key community issues: S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUVIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp human svcs.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 41 • Community Engagement-Participation and representation of all members of community; • Social impact assessments-To insure social impiications of planning and deveiopment are considered; • Expanding and valuing diversity - Of ecouomic status, family structure, ethnicity, culture, abilities - through land use planning and engagement; • Improving neighborhood and commnnity livability - Land use design and impact on social interactions, different populations, accessibility, and safety; • Addressing the critical needs of children, youth, and seniors • Partnering with schools Completion of the Community Sustainability strategic workplan will broaden the social and human services policy scope ot the city. 8.01 Provide for Broad Spectrum of Human Needs. The city and county shall develop and maintain human service programs that provide for the broad spectrum of human needs, where governmental involvement is appropriate, from the most basic needs for food, health and shelter through prevention and early intervention services which forestall worsening social conditions, and treatment. :~ ^^"~ ^F..~C ~.. ,.«A ., ..r...,,..,e ... .....:.... ...:.. e 8.02 City Human Service Program Funding. The city's funding of human service programs will be guided by the following themes, identified in the Housing aad Human Services Master Plan: promotion of healthy, nurturing families - prenatal through adolescence; provision of home, school and community-based services; provision of comprehensive, intensive and flexible services; and ~g a balance among prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies. Appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect changing demographics and community needs. 8.03 Communitv Eneaeement. ~•~ Outreach to diverse resident, organization, and business communities, and those aot typically engaged, will be included ~~••~~m ~°~"'~° °~~~•~r°~°a in the~eegerai~ve development of human service progams to . maximize potential for meeting community needs. . , c,. vci-:-icc^T TL.e n~4v n«a n r~kv n{~ n~~ nue~~ I~u uFF n4.ve r«~v. ~ 4~r.~v~~ ~~~~~~n nr~ r~ m4n ~ «A n }~ ~fn r~NO r1, nl u A~ n1~~ nl.~ld _c_~r > > . S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUVIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp human svcs.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B Paee # 42 8.05 Access to ~eg~a~s-Services. The city and county shall take steps to assure ensure that all ~j residents have'~~T access to information te-gai~ra~~ on available human service programs. 8.07 Regular Assessment of Community Needs. The city and county shall regularly assess the needs for a~ie~ta~ human services and changes in the provision of services to address the current and relevant social concems of the community. 8.08 Periodic Evaluatiou of Program Effectiveness. The city and county shall develop and maintain a periodic evaluation of outcomes and Ek~effectiveness of human service programs *'~^' ~-° --~..:a°a :~ "~° n~..'a°- ""~• 8.09 *°~; a~T Reaional Cooperation The city and county shall encourage cooperation between public, private, and nonprofit organizations through the development of commonly acknowiedged goals and coordination of services where appropriate, for the public good, to leverage resources and strengthen systems of services. • Tl.e n.4......A n ..k.. ,. ...:Nu.7~k.. R.e .«Ie..«..ti.... ..C.......nl .. ..:Fl. urNn~ n~ «~vmrn~ «~nv~~~«~ T.~ Q~~C~~ h~~n .~ rr~ik«~.~..1 ~ ~ ) e.~4..C4~e.w.~nr! e~{~..~..r~ree~.~1..m~.~..~ .~..aru~e~..«.u«1 .. ...~ .. «a.l...v~n :n we ,. ..:ae.-va ..i,...,....:.~. ,..we.. ~ ,..,._,. : .....i.:.,,. i....a . ,. ae ..:..:....... (ThiS policy has been moved to Section 2- Community Design) 8.11 Support of Children, Youth and Families The city and county shall support and encourage prevention and early intervention programs °~a °°° °-°' ~••"~~-°' ~'~~°'° that support children, youth and families to achieve their full potential and become ^- ~~~~ self-reliant, contributing members of the community. S:\PLAN\PB-ITEMSUIIEMOS\sr6-23bvcp human svcs.doc AGENDA ITEM # 6B PaQe # 43