County Commissioners to hear proposed changes to Land Use Code sign regulations on July 26

On January 21, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff (in Docket DC-16-0001) to pursue text amendments to Article 13 of the Boulder County Land Use Code, which regulates the amount, type, location, physical dimensions, and design of signs in unincorporated areas of Boulder County.

On June 15, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on Docket DC-16-0001, regarding text amendments to Article 13. The Planning Commission voted to approve and recommend to the Board of County Commissioners approval of Docket DC-16-0001.

The County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on July 26 to hear the proposed amendments to Land Use Code Article 13 - Signs. The Commissioners are asked to decide on the proposed changes. Public testimony will be taken.

What: Board of County Commissioners review proposed Land Use Code updates in Docket DC-16-0001

When: Tuesday, July 26 at 3:15 p.m.

Where: Commissioners' Hearing Room, Downtown Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder (map )


A draft of the proposed Article 13 text amendments is available for review at Red font color is utilized to indicate proposed Land Use Code text changes and deletions.

The Land Use staff and County Commissioners value comments from individuals and referral agencies. We invite interested parties to attend and speak at the public hearing, or submit comments via Ask a Planner.


An update to Article 13 is necessary to ensure compliance with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. The U.S. Supreme Court found that the town’s sign code was facially content-based (and thus not constitutional) because the restrictions in the town’s sign code that apply to signage depend entirely on the communicative content of the sign. In light of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, revisions to Article 13 aim to eliminate any portions of the Boulder County sign codes that are based on the content of the sign. The revised code will regulate signs on the basis of zone district classification, size, location, lighting, material, etc.

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If you have questions or comments, please contact Kathy Sandoval via Ask a Planner, or call 720-564-2620.


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