East Boulder Subcommunity Plan

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The city is working with the community to define East Boulder's future through the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan. Creating the plan is a two-year process, with completion scheduled for 2021. Once final, the plan will guide decisions in East Boulder for decades.

The East Boulder Subcommunity Plan will determine how the area can contribute to citywide goals, like providing more affordable housing as well as increasing access to multimodal transportation options and supporting arts and cultural experiences.

55th & Arapahoe

The area around 55th & Arapahoe has been identified for transit-oriented development (TOD). While this intersection and area is currently served by a handful of local and regional bus routes, in the future, it will be the location of a State Highway 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station – connecting Boulder to I-25 and beyond with high-quality, high frequency service. A Station Area Master Plan for this area is being developed in conjunction with the Subcommunity Plan.

The planning process explores three questions, in three separate phases:

  1. Who are we? This phase of work is considered complete. Check out the Inventory and Analysis Report to learn some facts about the area as well as hear about community experiences in East Boulder
  2. Who do we want to be? It’s a big question! We’re currently collecting input from community members to get feedback on scenarios for change in East Boulder.
  3. How do we get there? After deciding what we want East Boulder to be in the future, we’ll figure out how to get there.

The red lines in the map below mark the official boundaries of the East Boulder subcommunity. However, we welcome feedback from nearby residents, as well as community members from across the city.


The city is working with the community to define East Boulder's future through the East Boulder Subcommunity Plan. Creating the plan is a two-year process, with completion scheduled for 2021. Once final, the plan will guide decisions in East Boulder for decades.

The East Boulder Subcommunity Plan will determine how the area can contribute to citywide goals, like providing more affordable housing as well as increasing access to multimodal transportation options and supporting arts and cultural experiences.

55th & Arapahoe

The area around 55th & Arapahoe has been identified for transit-oriented development (TOD). While this intersection and area is currently served by a handful of local and regional bus routes, in the future, it will be the location of a State Highway 7 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station – connecting Boulder to I-25 and beyond with high-quality, high frequency service. A Station Area Master Plan for this area is being developed in conjunction with the Subcommunity Plan.

The planning process explores three questions, in three separate phases:

  1. Who are we? This phase of work is considered complete. Check out the Inventory and Analysis Report to learn some facts about the area as well as hear about community experiences in East Boulder
  2. Who do we want to be? It’s a big question! We’re currently collecting input from community members to get feedback on scenarios for change in East Boulder.
  3. How do we get there? After deciding what we want East Boulder to be in the future, we’ll figure out how to get there.

The red lines in the map below mark the official boundaries of the East Boulder subcommunity. However, we welcome feedback from nearby residents, as well as community members from across the city.


Guest Book

The city has recently completed a draft of an Inventory and Analysis Report for the East Boulder Subcommunity. This report represents both the technical and community engagement work that has occurred during the "Who Are We" phase of this planning effort.

We invite you to read the report and provide any open-ended comments here. Short on time? You can view a brief slideshow summarizing key elements. 

Please note:
  • The city is committed to transparency on this project. When you submit a comment, it will be sent automatically to the staff team. Your comment will then be reviewed by Be Heard Boulder to determine whether it meets our online community guidelines. If it does, the comment will be added to this public-facing site.
  • For brevity in this platform, we have limited comments to 350 characters. If you have more you would like to say, please feel free to email us directly.
  • Questions to consider in commenting: What data is missing from this report? What would you like to know about the area that is not included? What would you like to know about community members/users of this area that is not included? What do you think should be removed from this report, if anything?

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

It’s extremely upsetting that the hospital is the only larger employer to be encouraged in a East Boulder while all remaining mid and large-size industrial companies are forced out in the name of progress. This will definitely decrease the number of commuters and the tax base for Boulder.

GoBolder over 1 year ago
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My son and I lived in NYC for 23 years before coming to Boulder, and while we love it, we also lament the lack of diversity and the high cost of housing. We see great opportunity to better utilize the East Boulder area to increase density, as long as other neighborhood amenities and businesses are also encouraged.

sheacox over 1 year ago
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Part of the study acknowledges raising rents & with new development this will continue. It would be interesting to ask businesses in the area why & when their landlords raise rent. In neighborhood 1, our rent increases every time the property taxes are raised. Maybe Council can address property tax & why contesting value is so hard to get approved.

Rob over 1 year ago
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Consider the horrific traffic on Arapahoe, Cherryvale, 55th, and Baseline as you proceed with east Boulder plans. Dense housing will exacerbate the problem, and the issue bears more consideration. Unfortunately, folks won't choose bikes/public transportation as long as car parking is so cheap and freely available (unlike in major cities).

mjweakley over 1 year ago
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I'd urge this process to include the results of the Arapahoe Transportation Network Plan, an effort from a number of years ago to identify connections that could break up the super-blocks. It probably needs updating but it's a start.

stonesthrow over 1 year ago
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Page 56 is there a reason arapahoe is not included on the graph?

Kirsten over 1 year ago
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Page 49 graph does not seem to have the right industrial vacancy rates captured. Was there a second y axis?

Kirsten over 1 year ago
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Page 47. The percentages of jobs by industry don’t match what’s on the bar chart

kirsten over 1 year ago
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Page 47 Tendril Networks changed its name and is now called Uplight.

kirsten over 1 year ago
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Page 16 label off limits as the pharma company, readers won’t know what off limits is.

Kirsten over 1 year ago
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Page 11 I would mark where the proposed transit village would be/is on the map since it is referenced with the rail line

Kirsten over 1 year ago
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Population of workers listed on page 8 does not match page 9

Kirsten over 1 year ago
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Please include housing for middle income. People who make less than 100,000 but more than 55000. There is not enough middle income homes in the affordable housing program.

K over 1 year ago
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Needs concrete #s for housing/small business/art space goals, as well as concrete goal for car lane reclamation along Arapahoe/55th. Additionally, not a fan of including SFH in this area - should focus exclusively on apartments/condo buildings and townhomes to maximize potential housing stock.

thelastrosenstein over 1 year ago
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I've lived in Boulder 25 yrs. I work & am raising my family here. I run an org of 70, many commute in. I don't see that the plan or goals adequately address our reality-60,000 people commute into town daily. Or that some people can't rely on bikes/buses (elderly, people working in trades, etc.). BTW-350 char limit says that you don't want feedback.

DKM over 1 year ago
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