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December 5 2014 Board Packet

Board Packet for December 2014

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.

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 – 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 - Community Engagement: Inspire Littleton

The results of planning processes strive to be representative of their communities. However, as planners know it is a challenge to first define and then achieve that representation. Having faced and lost that challenge several times, the City of Littleton’s planning staff was particularly focused on increasing the number and diversity of people involved in the process. Read more about Inspire Littleton.

Merit Award – Innovation/Creative Partnerships and Collaborations: Emerald Mountain Park Master Plan

The Emerald Mountain Park Master Plan is a site-specific development and management plan for the 586-acre Emerald Mountain Park (EMP). EMP is owned by the City of Steamboat Springs. The Master Plan ensures that new trails and recreational facilities preserve and protect wildlife and natural habitat areas, fill existing recreation gaps in the community, serve youth and families, and are complementary to recreational use of adjacent public lands.

Merit Award - General Planning Project: City of Aspen Affordable Housing Credit Program

The City of Aspen has launched an innovative affordable housing credit program that provides a new means for meeting the mitigation requirement of new development, while encouraging the private sector to voluntarily develop affordable housing not required for mitigation purposes. The success of this program is evidenced by the quality of planned housing projects that have resulted from this program, and the increased interest in using credits as mitigation.

Honor Award – Innovation/Creative Partnerships & Collaborations: The Bike Depot

The seeds of the Bike Depot project were planted in the mid-1990s when a group of residents created the Park Hill Bike Club. They wanted to provide neighborhood youth with alternatives to gang involvement and substance abuse while providing recreational, educational and employment opportunities for neighborhood youth in an atmosphere of friendship, mutual respect and diversity. Financial challenges led the Park Hill Bike Club to cease operations in 2001, but locals never gave up on the dream of a bicycling center in North Park Hill.

Honor Award – Community Engagement: Boulder Civic Area: The Year of Collaboration

5,000 people between the ages of 5 and 85 collectively helped shaped the plan for Boulder’s Civic Area – a central, iconic public space along Boulder Creek in the heart of downtown Boulder.

Merit Award – Sustainability and Environmental Planning: Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan

Capitalizing on the recently opened West Corridor public transit investment, the City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department and the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) joined together to take advantage of an unprecedented alliance of federal agencies to transform a neighborhood with the worst performance record in the city and create a more healthy, livable community at the Decatur-Federal light rail station in the Sun Valley neighborhood.

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