Land Management Plan

We often get questions from our friends and neighbors in Boulder City asking just what is this “Land Management Plan” that they keep hearing about.  These few words should hopefully demystify what it is and what it means to our community.


The Ordinance

that created the Land Management Plan process was first adopted in 2001.  It was created in response to the many and varied requests by private citizens to either purchase or lease city-owned land, but done without public input.  The intent of the new ordinance (“law”) was to provide a formal public forum to receive public input at several public hearings before the City Council and Planning Commission to determine if the proposed disposition of city-owned land was appropriate.  It is also to allow property owners in the vicinity of such proposals to provide valuable input into the process.

What is the process to add parcels to the Plan?

 Every August, the City advertises in the local paper to solicit proposals for parcels to be entered into the Land Management Plan.  The proposals can be submitted by businesses, developers, or private citizens with an idea for the city.  The City Council then considers them in October of each year, and decides which ones that they would like to consider further, and which ones to reject.  Those that the City Council would like to learn more about are sent to the Planning Commission for their input and recommendation.  The Planning Commission notifies property owners within 300 feet and holds a public hearing to discuss the proposal.  They then forward their recommendation to the City Council.

The City Council then typically holds a public hearing in December or January to consider the proposals that were reviewed by the Planning Commission.  They can then place the proposal into the Plan for future action, or decline to enter the area into the Plan.

There is no guarantee that a parcel in the Plan will ever be developed, and the City strives to keep the nearby property owners as informed as possible if a development is to occur.  Your input is extremely important to the City Council and Planning Commission to ensure that any development is Boulder friendly.  The City is developing a web page section dedicated to the Land Management Plan to help make the process and the plan itself more transparent and available to the community.
  1. Process
  2. Application Requirements
  3. FAQ

Land Management Plan Process

Step What happens
Notice of Application Period The City Clerk publishes a notice in the newspaper to announce that the City will accept applications for parcels to be included into the Land Management Plan.  Application period begins September 1st.  Deadline is generally the last Thursday of September
Acceptance of Applications City accepts new requests for parcels to be included in the Land Management Plan each September
Initial Review City Council performs an initial review of the submissions.  For those that it desires to consider, they are forwarded to the Planning Commission for additional review.  This review typically takes place in October
Planning Commission Review The Planning Commission holds a public hearing for each of the proposed areas for inclusion in the Land Management Plan.  Property owners within 300 feet of the subject parcel(s) are sent a hearing notice with the date and time of the hearing so that they may offer their comments.  The Planning Commission at the conclusion of the hearing is charged with making recommendations regarding the proposal to the City Council for their consideration.  This hearing typically takes place in November.
Final Review The City Council holds a public hearing, receives the recommendations by the Planning Commission, and determines whether or not to include the proposed parcel within the Land Management Plan for the specified use.  This review typically takes place in December - January, but no later than February 15th of the following year.
Implementation  Every year the City Council reviews the adopted Land Management Plan and directs City Staff to take action (or no action) on the items within the Plan.  The Implementation Directive can be held in conjunction with the adoption of the annual plan or at a separate meeting.  Generally the Implementation Directive occurs in January or February of each year.