Boulder area rental property owners, property managers, and management companies are invited to discuss how best to achieve “Design Excellence” in Boulder
Boulder community members are invited to attend a “Design Excellence” public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) at 1750 13th St. The City of Boulder’s Design Excellence Initiative is intended to support a broad community discussion about what is and is not working with current design policies for buildings and the public realm, as well as evaluate built projects to determine whether desired outcomes are being achieved.
Urban planner Victor Dover, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners and coauthor of Street Design: The Secret of Great Cities and Towns, will lead the discussion and present relevant best practices for design and development strategies that help connect neighborhoods, strengthen commercial districts, expand travel options, enhance community character, and improve quality of life.
The discussion and presentation will be framed by observations of recent developments in Boulder, some recently completed and some still under construction, which resulted from key planning policy decisions made by the city during the last 10 to 15 years. The focus of the conversation will be on design-related issues and best practices from other communities that are relevant to the Boulder context.
The Boulder Design Advisory Board and the Planning Board are scheduled to have a joint session with Victor Dover from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in the Twenty Ninth Street Community Room at 1750 29th St., Suite 1062. Mr. Dover will also host a similar discussion at the City Council study session on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway.
During the next several months, the Design Excellence Initiative will continue the community discussion about design and development issues. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to develop recommended strategies to address community concerns related to development outcomes, including (but not limited to) potential changes to codes, incentives, development review processes, design guidelines, and/or review criteria.
The recommendations of the Design Excellence Initiative will help inform the city’s coordinated planning efforts, including the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan 2015 Update, Civic Area Implementation, Access Management and Parking Strategy, Envision East Arapahoe, North Boulder Subcommunity Plan Update, and Transportation Master Plan Implementation.
Visit www.BoulderDesignExcellence.com for more information and to sign up for email updates. The opinions of Boulder rental property owners and Boulder property management companies is valuable insight that we hope is included in the discussion, please attend if you can.