On March 14, 2023, Boulder begins a long-awaited master planning process at the municipal airport. You can be part of it if you sign up by the end of day on February 28, 2023. Staff is forecasting that volunteers will need to be present and focused during five meetings between March 14 and the end of the year. Details about your service as well as the application itself for the Airport CWG can be found here.
In 2020 revisions to the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, City Council proposed a community conversation about the airport’s future, stating that the city should “work with the community to reassess the potential for developing a portion of the airport for housing and neighborhood-serving uses.” City Council had in mind the fact that the 179 acre property at the airport, 135 of which the City owns outright, provides a unique opportunity to create a significant number of new homes – in particular, some of the 3500 middle income units needed to meet the Boulders 2030 middle income housing goal.
Current airport operations are particularly impactful to nearby neighbors including mobile home residents at Vista Village and San Lazaro Mobile Home Parks.
In selecting the CWG from the applicant pool, the Airport Manager and staff will try to fill the categories listed below. In addition to being interested in housing, it would be helpful if you are, and check the box on the application, one of these::
- A local business advocate
- An educator
- A student
- An advocate for language access
- A climate initiatives or sustainability advocate
- An equity advocate
- An advocate for youth
- A parks and open space advocate
- A designer, engineer or advocate for transportation and mobility
- A developer
- A land use or design professional (e.g., architect, landscape architect, planner)
When applying, you will be allowed to check one—and only one—of those categories.
Currently, the Boulder Municipal Airport serves 125 wealthy hobbyists. Air tankers that extinguish fires do not stage their operations at this airport. Search and rescue operations using a helicopter do not require a runway. In the future, and with your guidance, that magnificent plateau could be a complete neighborhood, with affordable homes and amenities on site.