Community Planning Initiative

Regional Mountain Trails Meeting

April 7th, 2013

Gold Hill RMTMP Kickoff PosterGold Hill RMTMP Kickoff Poster
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Community Center


BOCC Approves CPI

February 5th, 2010

The Board of County Commissioners  unanimously approved our Community Planning Initiative Plan for inclusion into the Land Use Code at their hearing on Tuesday, February 2, 2010.  And so we have now reached our goal of establishing the wishes of our community and having them included in the County Comprehensive Plan and the Land Use Code to make sure we have more say over our own future when County action affects us.  Garry Sanfacon gave the staff report – presenting our Vision Statement and background about the planning process, including our education sessions, the  survey we put out, comments from community members, and the Planning Commission’s approval in December.  I thanked the Commissioners for giving us this opportunity as well as Garry and the entire Land Use Department  who all helped us so much.  We worked hard to be as open and inclusive as possible and the Commissioners all appreciated the process and what we came up with. We told them that some work continues – we have a Trails and Open Space sub-committee meeting and the Historical Zoning Committee is working on new guidelines. Remember that the Comp Plan is a working document and we can add to our CPI Plan in the future if we decide to develop further goals and/or objectives.  Many  thanks to everyone who contributed and participated!


Board of County Commissioners Hearing

January 29th, 2010



DATE: February 2, 2010

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Commissioners Hearing Room, Third Floor,

Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Board of County Commissioners at the time and place specified above. All persons interested in the following item(s) are requested to attend such hearing and aid the Commissioners in their consideration.

Docket BCCP-09-0001: BOULDER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REVISION (Gold Hill Townsite Plan) (more…)


Gold Hill CPI – Trails Subgoup

January 29th, 2010

Report on the January 11, 2010, Meeting (more…)


Notes on Dec. 16, Planning Commission and notice of BOCC Hearing

December 29th, 2009

The Boulder County Planning Commission has now approved our Townsite Plan, which includes our Vision Statement and Map of the CPI area, for inclusion into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.  Only one member, Sharon Menard, voted against it because she said we should have  outlined our goals and objectives more clearly.  The other members seemed in general agreement that our Vision Statement, although not presented that way, generally consisted of goals and objectives.  It was also pointed out that The County Commissioners set up this townsite planning process to allow each community to design the process that best fit their needs and situation, while working together to develop their plan and to propose regulations for guiding future preservation and development in their respective communities.   We also have the ability to add to our present plan in the future.  Further issues that have been identified to be worked on, at this time, include Historical Zoning as well as Trails and Open Space.

For more information, see  http://www/  or  contact me at  I really want to thank everyone who participated in our year long process.  I feel like we all tried to do a good job of being inclusive, transparent, and communicative and to enable everyone who was interested to contribute.

quoting Garry Sanfacon (our Land Use staff planner and resource person):

The final step for the Gold Hill Townsite Plan is for the Board of County Commissioners to review it and adopt it into the Land Use Code. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2PM. As a reminder, the Planning Commission is responsible for the Comprehensive Plan (they adopted the Gold Hill Townsite Plan into the Comprehensive Plan on Dec. 16) and the Board is responsible for the Land Use Code.

This will be a public hearing.     See following notice: (more…)


Proposed Text for Boulder County Comprehensive Plan

November 25th, 2009

Community of Gold Hill

The community of Gold Hill (see map below) initiated a Community Planning Initiative (CPI) in 2008.  This process was begun in response to Boulder County’s offer to allow historic communities in unincorporated Boulder County to propose community-specific planning guidelines and changes to the Land Use code to serve their individual needs and goals.



Report on Planning Commission Hearing, November 18, 2009

November 24th, 2009

This was a public study session by the Commission, the first hearing of our Proposed Townsite Plan for the community of Gold Hill (the CPI mission statement and vision statement) for inclusion into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan.  No action was requested at this meeting.  The next meeting, to formally adopt our plan, is scheduled for December 16, 2009.     (more…)


Staff Report for Planning Commission Hearing, Nov. 18

November 12th, 2009



Info on CPI Process and next steps

November 3rd, 2009

Dear Gold Hill Residents,

The community of Gold Hill initiated a Community Planning Initiative (CPI) in 2008. This process was begun in response to Boulder County’s offer to allow historic communities in unincorporated Boulder County to propose community-specific planning guidelines and changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Land Use code to serve their individual needs and goals.

In 2009, the Gold Hill CPI decided to develop a vision statement (see enclosure) as its first step in providing guidance for Boulder County planning as well as for planning and communication within the community. The vision statement represents what the community desires to look like in the year 2030. It was developed through a public process and reflects input from a broad spectrum of the community. It will serve as a guide for Boulder County decision-makers when reviewing issues that affect the Gold Hill area.


The next step is for the Boulder County Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 1:30PM (see attached public notice) to consider revising the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan to include the Gold Hill vision statement. Public testimony will be taken at this hearing, however no action is being requested. An additional public hearing is tentatively scheduled for December 16 for the Planning Commission to vote on the proposal. Please note that the November 18 hearing starts at 1:30PM, however, the Gold Hill item is fourth on the agenda so 3:00PM is the earliest it will likely be heard.


For background information on the CPI visit the Gold Hill Townsite website at:


Or the Boulder County Land Use website at:


In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. My direct phone number is 720-564-2642 and my email is Or you may contact the Gold Hill CPI chair, Gretchen Diefenderfer at 303-442-3847 or





Garry Sanfaçon

Boulder County Land Use Department




What is the Community Planning Initiative?

July 11th, 2009

Gold Hill has begun a Community Planning Initiative in response to Boulder County’s Townsite Planning Initiative process. This process is being offered to historic communities in Boulder County so that they can choose to take more control of their future in terms of County regulations such as land use planning and building codes and not be subject to County-level, one-size-fits-all planning guidelines and regulations. The opportunity is for Gold Hill to propose changes to the County’s Comprehensive Plan and/or to County Land Use Code regulations such as Site Plan Review, and BuildSmart (green building), transportation planning, and the historic zoning process. We can also have a greater influence on Parks and Open Space development in and around Gold Hill by participating in this process.



8-3-09 Minutes

July 10th, 2009



7-13-09 MINUTES

June 1st, 2009