In 1959, a group of citizens, concerned by proposed unsightly development of Boulder’s scenic mountain backdrop, initiated and successfully campaigned for the “Blue Line Amendment,” which prohibits city water service above a certain elevation. These citizens organized PLAN-Boulder (PLAN stands for People’s League for Action Now). Since then, PLAN-Boulder County helped establish the City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department and was instrumental in creating the city’s Open Space program. PLAN-Boulder County has been at the forefront of creating Boulder’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, the city’s building height limitation, the Transportation Master Plan, and the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. More recently, PLAN-Boulder County has advocated for individual issues related to affordable housing, long-range planning, open space management and conservation, neighborhood character, and clean energy/greenhouse gas reduction.
Our mission is to build on our 60-year history of transformative community organization efforts by protecting and enhancing Boulder County’s unique character and desirability, while at the same time reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact. We are a future-focused, citizen-led grassroots activist organization that uses education, political action, and encouragement of good governance to advocate for public—not special—interests. We’re here for you. We’re here for the environment. And we’re here to stay.
Our vision is of a largely open, undeveloped, and scenic Boulder County that coexists in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. This includes vibrant, compact, self-contained communities, each with its own distinct identity. We support agricultural land preserved as working farms and important habitats conserved for wildlife and native flora. Within the City of Boulder and neighboring towns, we envision community-driven development and transportation planning that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions and promotes strong and welcoming neighborhoods. We foster diversity and inclusivity by supporting the preservation and creation of ample affordable housing and small businesses, and by promoting good governance. We want all citizens to have a voice in creating our community’s future.
- PBC strongly believes that growth should be carefully controlled and directed to meet community goals of housing affordability, environmental sustainability, neighborhood identity, and preserving the high quality of life in Boulder County. Growth should pay for itself to the greatest extent possible.
- PBC believes that a top priority in this era of climate change is to decrease per capita and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency, energy conservation, and adoption of renewable energy sources.
- PBC supports a better balanced transportation system that actively promotes public transit, bicycle commuting, and pedestrian travel, and provides for smarter use of automobiles.
- PBC believes in the importance of preserving open space as a means to create buffers between communities, conserve important wildlife habitat, provide for sustainable local agriculture, and as a scenic backdrop and place for recreation and renewal.
- PBC supports regional cooperation and planning, especially for open space acquisition, land use, transportation, recycling and waste management.
- PBC strongly encourages citizen engagement through the dissemination of information to and generation of ideas from the entire community and believes that public involvement in planning processes and community governance is essential.
- PBC supports policies to enhance the diversity of people and housing choices within the City of Boulder and Boulder County, as well as opportunities for personal growth and