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Guiding Principles for new Boulder County Comprehensive Plan

19 Nov

THE FOLLOWING ARE A DRAFT OF THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES BEING USED TO DRAFT THE NEW BOULDER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. PLEASE COMMENT!

1) Encourage and promote the respectful stewardship of our land, human, and community resources by all of our institutions and individuals in achieving a sustainable future which carries on the values of the community.

2) Acknowledge that all policy and regulatory decisions have interconnected social, environmental, and economic consequences that must be carefully considered and weighed to achieve a sustainable future.

3) Take actions with respect to environmental issues which result in policies and decision-making that preserves and respects our natural sytems and environment, and reduces our environmental footprint.

4) Make decisions and create policies that are responsible to issues of social equity, fairness, and access to societal resources for all county residents.

5) Encourage and support a dynamic local economy, in partnership with Boulder County municipalities, which directs uses to appropriate locations, distinguishes between urban and rural economies, is stable, flexible, and able to accommodate change, and provides meaningful employment for all county residents.

6) Locate urgan uses within or adjacent to existing urban areas in order to maintain a distinction between urban and rural areas of the county.

7) Maintain the rural character and function of the unincorporated area of Boulder County by protecting environmental resources, agricultural uses, open spaces, and vistas.

8) Address countywide sustainability by having Boulder County government take a primary role in the areas of environmental integrity, rural character, and preservation of our natural resources.

9) Continue to craft and maintain formal agreements between Boulder County, the county’s municipalities, and other regional governments and entitles that share responsibilities in building a sustainable social, environmental, and economic community for present and future generations.

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