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Planning Matters: Creative Housing 2nd and 3rd Qtr 2018 August

Planning Matters - 2018 1st Quarter
Creative Housing

President's Message: August 2018

Hello and Welcome to the 4th Quarter of 2018,

Board and Committee Updates 4th Qtr 2018

Great Places Colorado Committee: Robin Becker, Committee Chair

2019 Chapter Holiday Party

November 15th
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Riverdale Regional Park Master Plan– Framing Cultural Tradition, Ecology, and Public Benefit

The relevance of the “county fairgrounds” continues to evolve in our communities today, both in the ever-changing activities served at these sites and in the physical planning that addresses new and diverse functions and users. The Riverdale Regional Park and Fairgrounds Master Plan synthesizes rural traditions of a growing and evolving locality with forward-thinking recreational and ecological systems within the heart of Adams County.

Our Legacy. Our Future. Boulder Valley

Fifty years ago, Boulder, Colorado was first in the nation to tax itself to pay for open space and multi-modal transportation improvements. Forty years ago, the city and county agreed to a comprehensive plan clearly delineating urban and rural areas and urban service limits. Since then, both entities have remained strongly devoted to the plan’s core principles and sustainability while innovating new strategies.

Growing a Better Denver

As part of the update to Blueprint Denver – the City’s 15-year-old plan for land use and transportation – the Project Team created a fun and interactive game. “Growing a Better Denver” helped residents, planners and decision makers understand the implications of different amounts and patterns of growth. The game results informed the plan and helped the community understand trade-offs around equity, affordability, access and mobility.

Durango Develops a Housing Plan

The City of Durango adopted its housing plan this year, after a three-year development. Documents as far back as the 1970s identify Durango’s affordability issues, and the city council recently identified affordable housing as its highest priority. Above-average land, labor and material costs paired with incomes that lag behind the state average create a long-term challenge.

Mock Design Review Reveal Authentic Design Standards: Engaging the Public to Create a Downtown District

The City of Brighton engaged property and business owners in a variety of creative and unique methods to foster trust with the Historic Preservation Commission and city staff. The use of these engaging tactics resulted in strong support for the City’s first historic district and design standards that regulate what the area stakeholders most value.

The Square on 21st

The Square on 21st Pop‐Up Park, the first pop-up park in Denver, brought the vibrancy of a public “square” to the Ballpark Neighborhood, one of the most underserved by parks and open space in the entire City. Although full of diverse retail, major residential infill development, and nearby Coors Field, the neighborhood is devoid of a true public meeting space. This project aimed to fill a void of neighborhood parks and capture the adjacent pedestrian activity to create an energetic new public space that celebrates the local climate and culture. The project was a demonstration project for 2 months to test the feasibility and design for a permeant park space in the area.

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