Capital Improvement Program 2013-2018
The City of Boulder's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is a six-year plan for public physical improvements. The CIP provides a forecast of funds available for capital projects and identifies all planned capital improvement projects and their estimated costs over the six-year period. The first year's program in the CIP is adopted by the City Council as the Capital Budget, as a counterpart to the annual Operating Budget. Even though fiscal resources are appropriated only in the first year of the CIP, the succeeding five-years of the CIP are important in providing a longer-term plan for setting spending priorities, scheduling projects in a logical sequence and coordinating and targeting capital improvement projects for all city departments.
The 2012-2017 Capital Improvements Program includes proposed funding of $171.4 million for 171 projects. Seventy-six projects are recommended for funding in 2012, totaling $23.8 million.
The CIP is an essential implementation tool for carrying out the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan's policies of orderly and efficient provision of urban facilities and services. The Comprehensive Plan provides for the phased growth of the city with annexation to occur only when the full range of urban services is available.
The CIP schedules projects that correct current facility deficiencies to meet or enhance these levels of service standards through facility expansions and maintenance.
As stipulated by Section 78 of the City Charter, the Planning Department coordinates the process for preparing the annual CIP with other city departments. The Planning Board evaluates and makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Council on the proposed CIP as part of the annual budget process.
Planning Board's review of the CIP includes the policies and plans of the BVCP, but also looks to subcommunity plans, area plans and departmental master plans.
As defined in the Comprehensive Plan, subcommunity plans and area plans provide more detailed planning for land use, urban design, neighborhood revitalization, and public facility needs. Most departments now have functional master plans for the provision of services and facilities.
Master plans are developed to be consistent with the policies and the growth projections in the Comprehensive Plan. They typically include level of service standards needed to meet the BVCP goals and policies, more specific policies, and system-wide priorities for scheduling and targeting capital improvements. The priorities are classified into three investment strategies: fiscally constrained; action plan; and, vision plan. The master plan is then used by each department in its decision making and prioritization as part of the annual budgeting process.
New for the 2011 Capital Improvements Program is the use of city-wide guiding principles. The purpose is to begin to develop a universal system of prioritization across the organization. While the guiding principles are not intended to replace the departmental-specific criteria contained within the master and strategic plans, they are used in conjunction as a common prioritization tool.
Download the full Draft 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program
Download the full 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program
More information on the Capital Investment Strategy.
Additional information on the approved budget can be found here.
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