2014 APA Colorado Awards

Honor Award – Sustainability and Environmental Planning: Town of Nederland Comprehensive Plan Update 2013

Nederland understands and embraces sustainability. In this context it was imperative that the Town of Nederland address sustainability through their Comprehensive Plan and make it meaningful and actionable. It has already led to implementation of a Sustainability Action Plan, directly building upon the policies and action items recommended through the 2013 Comprehensive Plan. While many communities speak to sustainability in broad terms, the Town of Nederland needed something different. The 2013 Nederland Comprehensive Plan Update was bold in its approach, was clear in its recommendations, and will lead to the change that the community envisions.

Merit Award – Project with a Small Budget: North Avenue Overlay Zone District

In 2011 the City of Grand Junction completed its corridor planning for North Avenue, a four-lane Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) highway (US-6) with a center median. The Plan established the need for an overlay zone district that would implement the corridor vision. That vision included buildings located near the street, front doors facing North Avenue that are inviting and readily accessible, business signage on buildings, safe pedestrian facilities, and an inviting streetscape creating an environment of vitality and livability. It will be a “Complete Street” that supports the Plan’s corridor cross section utilizing 8 ft. detached walks, on-street bike lanes on both sides of four traffic lanes, and retains the center median. Bus pull-outs and streetscape features that create a visually interesting corridor with safer pedestrian and transit experience will be created. The North Avenue Overlay Zone District was adopted by the Grand Junction City Council and applies to all properties abutting the four miles of North Avenue right-of-way. As a State highway, CDOT was involved in the planning process and is an important partner.

An advisory committee, made up of property and business owners along the corridor, are happy with the corridor vision established by the corridor plan. As zoning concepts were introduced, such as requiring new development to build their buildings close to the street, reducing access points, building new parking lots to the rear and side of buildings, and restricting signage, it was very clear that mandating such regulations were not acceptable to the Committee. The Committee’s response was that the City should provide incentives to property owners to provide these improvements. With that direction the North Avenue Overlay Zone District became incentive based.

Honor Award - Student/Recent Graduate Project: RE:Imagine I-70

RE:Imagine I-70 envisions Denver without its primary inner-city interstate. As the highway’s future is questioned, this project attempts to promotes a dialogue on a complex but transformative topic, to question assumed truths about mobility and value, and inspire communities to envision a future greater than their past. Belying its start as an academic project, this work has become the catalyst for a growing movement to change the course of transportation in Denver.

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