Since 1898, City of Boulder residents have intentionally preserved the amazing lands that characterize Boulder. There are now over 45,000 acres for children and families to enjoy. In fact, Boulder was named the “best place to raise an outdoor kid” by Backpacker Magazine in 2009. There are many ways to connect with and explore nature. To ensure the community connection, The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan was created. The Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan seeks to protect the natural environment of the Boulder Valley while fostering a livable, vibrant and sustainable community. The plan provides a general statement of the community’s desires for future development and preservation of the Boulder Valley, and the city and county use it to guide long-range planning, the review of development proposals and other activities that shape the built and natural environments in the Boulder Valley. The plan was first approved in 1977. Since then, seven major updates have been completed: 1982, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2017. The updates allow the community to change the plan to reflect and address current conditions, changed circumstances and community values and needs. The aim of the first plan approved in 1977 was to concentrate urban development in the city and preserve the rural character of lands outside the city service area. One of the goals of Boulder is to guide decisions about growth, development, preservation, environmental protection, economic development, affordable housing, culture and arts, urban design, neighborhood character, and transportation. They are also focusing on informing decisions about how services such as police, ﬁre, water utilities and others are provided. The health of Boulder’s natural life has been a core value since its inception.