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Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado

Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado enables counties and municipalities to prepare for and mitigate hazards by integrating key principles of hazard mitigation into plans and codes. The innovative guide addresses 11 common Colorado hazards and profiles over 25 land use planning tools that address hazard mitigation.

Carbondale Parks & Recreation

Carbondale, Colorado’s Park System Master Plan process addressed small-town challenges of engaging community members and stakeholders to inform the creation of a plan and support its implementation. Carbondale’s challenges to gathering public input included limited staff time dedicated to stakeholder coordination and broad community outreach, limited consultant funds, community fatigue from recent community planning efforts, and a variety of barriers to participation.

Town of Avon: Buck Creek PUD Make-Over

What is a “PUD Make-Over”? Planned Unit Developments (“PUDs”) were popular in the 1970’s through the 1990’s due the flexibility that was offered. The “make-it-up” zoning technique allowed projects to offer a mixture of uses and meet the investment and marketing needs of a developer.

Linking Public Health and the Built environment

Create Loveland and won a Colorado APA Merit Award in the category of Innovative Partnerships and Collaborations for the relationship between the City and non-profit CanDo. This article describes three lessons that other communities can take from this partnership if they want to include public health in their plans.

Plan Manitou: An Approach to Integrate Natural Hazard Risk Reduction and Community Development

The City of Manitou Springs experienced severe flooding in 2013, and is at high risk for other natural hazards. The City undertook a comprehensive plan that included a hazard risk assessment and mitigation strategy. Plan Manitou addresses community development needs while incorporating goals, policies and actions to reduce and mitigate hazard risk.

Outreach Tactics: Tactical Urbanism Strategies as a Community Engagement Tool

How can designers use tactical urbanism to reach a wide and targeted audience in public work? In the small mountain community of Avon, Colorado, tactical urbanism strategies do just that. The project approach shifts tactical urbanism efforts from the typical seeding of advocacy projects to promoting and testing design ideas as an immersive public engagement tool.

Building Community Resiliency through Buyout Program

In September, 2013 an historic rain event produced flood waters that severely impacted all of Boulder County, displacing thousands of residents. Unique topography complicated recovery efforts. Due to President Obama’s national disaster declaration, the Flood Recovery Buyout Program was able to form to create greater long-term community resiliency.

Adams County Making Connections

The objectives of the Adams County Making Connections Planning and Implementation Plan were to review more than 188 identified projects in 85 previously adopted plans by various entities, identify a Top 40 list (mobility and utility infrastructure, policy/program, and development areas), and then implement the Top 10 from 2017 through 2027.

Design for Context & Tradition

While several communities across the country have adopted design regulations as a way to create predictable outcomes, the City of Aspen has taken a different approach that is more independently contextual and rooted in evaluating historic patterns of development. Under the pressure of a commercial development moratorium, Aspen developed a hybrid set of regulations as a response to growing concerns over the appropriateness of new development in town.

Envision Longmont Multimodal & Comprehensive Plan – 2017 Merit Award for Sustainability

Longmont, Colorado is a diverse, freestanding, multicultural, growing city of nearly 94,000 people. In 2015, the City of Longmont began working on Envision Longmont, an exciting project to update and integrate the comprehensive plan and multimodal transportation plan. With assistance from Clarion Associates, the City undertook this intensive planning effort to help better understand the City’s current strength’s, challenges, opportunities, values and priorities.

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