Alpine-Balsam Area Plan

In 2015, the City of Boulder purchased 8.8 acres of property from Boulder Community Health. The properties include the former BCH hospital site at 1100 Balsam Ave. (corner of Balsam Avenue and Broadway), as well as two properties on Alpine Avenue and two small properties on North Street.

One property - the Brenton Building - has already been re-purposed as city offices. In 2016 and 2017, the city worked with the community to develop a Vision Plan for the rest of the site.

For the past two years, the city has been working on an area plan for the site and for a portion of the city surrounding it. Wait, what's an area plan and how much area, besides the site, is being examined?

There's been extensive community engagement both online and at in-person events, and it is clear the community has strong and varied viewpoints, especially with regard to uses and building types.

The city is now at the stage of seeking feedback that will inform a draft area plan that will go to the Planning Board on August 15 and City Council on August 27. Whether you have been following this discussion closely or you're brand new to it, your input matters to us! Please share your thoughts by July 25.

Consideration of changes to the area presents many issues and challenges. For more information on further analysis of impacts and opportunities, view this booklet to learn more.

In 2015, the City of Boulder purchased 8.8 acres of property from Boulder Community Health. The properties include the former BCH hospital site at 1100 Balsam Ave. (corner of Balsam Avenue and Broadway), as well as two properties on Alpine Avenue and two small properties on North Street.

One property - the Brenton Building - has already been re-purposed as city offices. In 2016 and 2017, the city worked with the community to develop a Vision Plan for the rest of the site.

For the past two years, the city has been working on an area plan for the site and for a portion of the city surrounding it. Wait, what's an area plan and how much area, besides the site, is being examined?

There's been extensive community engagement both online and at in-person events, and it is clear the community has strong and varied viewpoints, especially with regard to uses and building types.

The city is now at the stage of seeking feedback that will inform a draft area plan that will go to the Planning Board on August 15 and City Council on August 27. Whether you have been following this discussion closely or you're brand new to it, your input matters to us! Please share your thoughts by July 25.

Consideration of changes to the area presents many issues and challenges. For more information on further analysis of impacts and opportunities, view this booklet to learn more.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded. Thank you for your interest and please visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/planning/alpinebalsam for more information.

    Welcome to the quick feedback form, where you can share your thoughts on a few final choices that will shape the draft Alpine-Balsam Area Plan. This form should take about 15 minutes to complete.

    Welcome to the quick feedback form, where you can share your thoughts on a few final choices that will shape the draft Alpine-Balsam Area Plan. This form should take about 15 minutes to complete.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    From mid-January through mid-February, the city held a series of small-group workshops to gather feedback on the larger area plan. These workshops gave residents an opportunity to give staff input AND hear from each other about their hopes and concerns related to this project. Approximately 180 people participated. 

    We recognize that not everyone was able to attend a workshop. The following questionnaire summarizes key themes the city heard during these workshops. City staff recognize that this summary does not fully capture the depth and richness of all the conversations, however, staff has done it's best attempt to capture key themes.Once

    From mid-January through mid-February, the city held a series of small-group workshops to gather feedback on the larger area plan. These workshops gave residents an opportunity to give staff input AND hear from each other about their hopes and concerns related to this project. Approximately 180 people participated. 

    We recognize that not everyone was able to attend a workshop. The following questionnaire summarizes key themes the city heard during these workshops. City staff recognize that this summary does not fully capture the depth and richness of all the conversations, however, staff has done it's best attempt to capture key themes.Once you read through each activity, you will have a chance to provide us with some input.

    We have two "asks" of you:

    1. That you only complete this questionnaire if you were not able to participate in a workshop; our goal is not to count numbers or take a tally of views, but instead to round out feedback we have already received to ensure we are thinking about everything we should be.

    2. That you try to think not just about the city-owned site but of the area as a whole, as depicted by the following map. This is important is because the city is creating not just a site plan, but also an area plan, and your feedback is valuable for both aspects.

    We expect this questionnaire will take 10 minutes or less for you to complete. Let's get started!

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you to all community members who have provided feedback during the Alpine-Balsam area planning process. Summaries of community input during each phase of the process are posted online, and this input was incorporated into creating the draft Alpine-Balsam Area Plan, released on Aug. 5.

    Now, as staff prepares for public hearings before Planning Board on Aug. 15 and City Council on Aug. 27, we welcome community input on the draft plan. 

    Thank you to all community members who have provided feedback during the Alpine-Balsam area planning process. Summaries of community input during each phase of the process are posted online, and this input was incorporated into creating the draft Alpine-Balsam Area Plan, released on Aug. 5.

    Now, as staff prepares for public hearings before Planning Board on Aug. 15 and City Council on Aug. 27, we welcome community input on the draft plan. 

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