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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.

Licensing Resiliency in Lyons, Colorado

In 2013 the Town of Lyons was devastated by flooding, nearly 200 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Town of Lyons utilized federal funds to purchase and prevent rebuilding of severely damaged properties in high hazards areas to mitigate the impact of future flooding. Once the Town owned these properties, they could become a liability requiring maintenance and upkeep. In consultation with federal agencies, the Town of Lyons, together with Design Concepts developed a neighborhood licensure program to allow neighbors living next to acquired properties the opportunity to lease them for uses consistent with parks and open space, increase community resiliency and reduce community liability.

Leveraging Community Engagement for Energy Planning

Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy is a uniquely collaborative approach to understanding and addressing energy issues at the community scale to support local and utility goals. The program has engaged more than a dozen communities across Colorado to enhance the capacity of local governments and create community-driven energy action plans.

Colorado’s First Dockless Bike-Share Program

Bicycle sharing is an innovative form of transportation that is quickly gaining traction in the United States as a multi-modal transportation option as a key component to the sharing economy. Now with more than 1 million bike-share bicycles around the world, local municipalities, the City of Aurora being one, are looking for ways to provide multi-mobility sharing systems within their jurisdiction.

Estes Park Downtown Plan – Incorporating Resiliency into Downtown Plans

In 2016, the Town of Estes Park undertook an effort to craft a long-term vision for its downtown - one that incorporated resiliency as a key principle throughout the plan goals. Through a community driven process, the Town sought to understand what a more resilient and vibrant future for Downtown Estes Park could look like.

Equity Planning: Tools and Techniques

CU Denver Urban and Regional Planning Department and MURP Alumni Association host a FREE panel discussion about equity in planning.

Cranksgiving 2018

When: November 17th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: The Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218



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