North Progress Redevelopment Opportunity Subarea Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

North Progress Redevelopment Opportunity Subarea Plan

Student Researcher: Emma Bangs

Client: Town of Parker
 
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The properties within the subarea were developed over 50 years ago in unincorporated Douglas County. Properties in the area are beginning to come on the market and many of the buildings are past their useful life and are operated as legal non-conforming uses. In addition, the connectivity and access are limited by Parker Road (CDOT) and existing infrastructure. The project will contemplate general redevelopment layout, urban design and transportation connectivity. The new plan will provide guidance to future buyers and developers on how the sites can be redeveloped in conformance with the Master Plan, the current zoning (a mix of commercial and industrial) and how the subarea can have better access/connectivity. 

 


Walkability in the Town of Lyons, CO

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Walkability in the Town of Lyons, CO

Student Researcher: Lilly Bell and Eli Berrier

Client: Town of Lyons
 
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The Town of Lyons needs more sidewalks that are accessible to pedestrians from all walks
of life. The purpose of this walkability project is to bring to light the issues of walking in
regards to accessibility and gaps in sidewalk infrastructure. ADA compliant sidewalks
make movement achievable for everyone. Safer, connected routes will support the
charming, small Town of Lyons. 

 


Analysis of Detached ADU Regulations in Denver

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Analysis of Detached ADU Regulations in Denver

Student Researcher: Erik Braaten

Client: Office of Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval, Denver City Council, District 1
 
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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have been recognized by the City and County of Denver as a desirable housing type to address issues of housing availability and affordability. Despite this, ADUs are only allowed in certain parts of the city, and where they are allowed numerous buildings from regulations exist limiting their potential buildout in the city. This project examines some of the regulations found in the Denver Zoning Code as they apply to detached accessory dwelling units and inventories current opportunities and models future opportunities under different regulatory scenarios. It is found that there is a great potential for detached ADU development in Denver if more parts of the city were opened to ADU development and a handful of regulations are removed or liberalized. 

 


Mitigating Displacement: Infrastructure Investment Impacts and Community Capacity

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Mitigating Displacement: Infrastructure Investment Impacts and Community Capacity

Student Researcher: Evelyn Burr

Client: Office of Community and Business Engagement, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
 
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This report proposes the use of a dashboard designed to anticipate areas of need through the overlay of planned projects on maps examining geographies of vulnerability across the city.  The GIS dashboard deliverable presents a high-level view of each neighborhood’s unique characteristics that could contribute to risk of displacement as well as the existing assets that could be leveraged in a capacity-building engagement process. It incorporates datasets that center existing community centers and their locations in built environment improvements. 

 


Fort Collins Missing Middle Core

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Fort Collins Missing Middle Core

Student Researcher: Bryan Conner

Client: Metta Urban Design
 
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The City of Fort Collins has a bright vision for the growth of the city outlined in the 2018 City Plan. However, the current land us code does not align with the values and vision of the City Plan. This report provides a framework for updating the Land Use Code specifically to provide strategies for the development of “Missing Middle Housing” types in the urban core. These strategies will help align the code with the Values and Visions of the City Plan.  

 


South Broadway Corridor BRT Study

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

South Broadway Corridor BRT Study

Student Researcher: Laura Culleton and Blake Van Jacobs

Client: City of Littleton
 
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The purpose of this study is to understand increases in regional travel demand, assess the viability of pursuing Small Starts funding to support the region’s transportation demands, identify opportunities to leverage existing investments, and identify BRT investments along South Broadway that complement local and regional planning goals. This project consists of a complete existing conditions map, bus stop typology and amenity guide, and proposed station area land-use map that will help inform the City of Littleton about existing and potential future conditions along the Broadway BRT corridor. The client would also like to understand what “success” for a BRT line looks like. For example ridership numbers, employment numbers, air quality changes, public health outcomes, and the decrease in vehicle miles traveled by single-occupancy vehicles. These topics will be explored in the BRT Overview and Best Practices Chapter. This capstone project will allow the City of Littleton to be more informed on what kind of improvements and development would be needed for BRT to be successful along South Broadway.   

 


University Boulevard Urban Design Vision Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

University Boulevard Urban Design Vision Plan

Student Researcher: Eric DeNardo

Client: Civitas and the City of Centennial
 
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The University Boulevard Urban Design Vision is a project with Civitas and the City of Centennial that seeks to set a vision for the corridor and three shopping centers. The shopping centers are experiencing deferred maintenance and vacancies and the City is looking for strategies to reinvigorate the shopping centers to bring new life to the corridor. The project envisioned a new streetscape pattern that sought to improve its identity with wider tree lawns, landscaped medians, lighting, and wayfinding signs. The Arapahoe node was studied in more depth because of its potential to catalyze future development. The node would include a mix of uses, a new cultural trail that connects to existing parks, new public spaces that connect to existing parks, and an improved urban street grid. 

 


Illustrating Vision: The East Mulberry Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Illustrating Vision: The East Mulberry Plan

Student Researcher: Morgan Gardner

Client: Metta Urban Design on behalf of the City of Fort Collins
 
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Illustrating Vision: The East Mulberry Plan is a capstone project that explores the integration of urban design and planning strategies in an industrial, underdeveloped area of Fort Collins. The area faces impending mass development as the city starts to guide growth to the area, and deals with flooding and a lack of safe pedestrian connections. Strategies to combat gentrification, honor industrial character, and rebuild infrastructure are explored, and recommendations are provided that are specific to the unique geography and character of the area, including the use of design overlays and guidelines, strategic infill projects, unique recreation and commercial opportunities, enhanced multimodal infrastructure, and drought-resistant green infrastructure that reduces flooding.

 


Assessing and Optimizing Planning Board's Role in Denver's Land Use Planning and Regulation Decision-making

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Assessing and Optimizing Planning Board's Role in Denver's Land Use Planning and Regulation Decision-making

Student Researcher: Fredrick Glick

Client: Office of Councilwoman Amanda P. Sandoval, Denver City Council, District 1
 
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Buena Vista Parks and Trails Master Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Buena Vista Parks and Trails Master Plan

Student Researcher: Claire Guthrie and Lauren Platman

Client: Town of Buena Vista
 
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To alleviate pressures of seasonal tourism, the Town of Buena Vista wished to integrate and update existing parks and trails planning efforts into a single cohesive document, a Parks and Trails Master Plan. For this project the team updated the parks and trails inventory of facilities and amenities and then identified gaps in the systems. A level of service analysis was done using data collected from a site visit, results from a community survey, and geo-spatial analysis of the service area and compared these results to national standards. Finally, the results were used to create a set of recommendations for town staff to inform future improvement projects.  

 


Parker Senior Center and RTD Site Subarea Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Parker Senior Center and RTD Site Subarea Plan

Student Researcher: Mikhail Kaminer

Client: Town of Parker
 
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As the Town of Parker and its senior population grows, the needs for affordable senior housing, an updated Senior Center facility, improved connectivity, and effective use of land have become increasingly important. The Parker Senior Center and RTD Site Subarea Plan acts as a guiding document to ensure these redevelopment enhancements honor Parker’s legacy of a “hometown feel”, while prepare to accommodate the growing and changing population needs. 

 


Barriers to Accessible Housing in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Barriers to Accessible Housing in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Student Researcher: Matthew Karney

Client: Planning & Development Department of City of Cheyenne, WY
 
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The City of Cheyenne is facing a housing crisis on par with that of the Front Range in Colorado. With a $90-million investment from the federal government to upgrade adjacent F.E. Warren Air Force Base, it is anticipated that 2,000 jobs will be added to the local economy. It is believed based on various studies and analyses completed that the city is approximately 5,000 housing units short of what it needs for its current population. In a city where renters face significant cost burdens and a difficult path towards home ownership, the city is looking to identify barriers to housing and act upon recommendations to address them. 

 


Eclectic Renewal: Old Town Lafayette Revitalization Plan

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Eclectic Renewal: Old Town Lafayette Revitalization Plan

Student Researcher: Lauren Kelly and Ana Rae Miller

Client: Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority
 
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This project focuses on connecting the three main corridors of Old Town Lafayette: Public Road, East Simpson Street, and Baseline Road. Challenges facing Old Town include discontinuous street frontage and activity, a lack of safe and engaging pedestrian infrastructure, and the need for cohesive district branding and design. Revitalization efforts in Old Town can promote the eclectic, creative, and diverse community through the goals of placemaking, connection, and activation. After determining priority areas for revitalization, Eclectic Renewal proposes design strategies and concepts based on three revitalization principles: address urban voids, activate amenity zones, and provide wayfinding. 

 


Improving Transportation Efficiency and Bus Ridership: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Improving Transportation Efficiency and Bus Ridership: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Student Researcher: Danny Klibaner

Client: Arapahoe Basin
 
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is an industry leader in sustainability initiatives and best practices. As part of Arapahoe Basin’s ongoing efforts to become a more sustainable company, this report seeks to identify current transportation trends and to offer strategies and recommendations to improve transportation efficiency. One of seven primary goals from Sustainability Strategic Plan (2018), transportation efficiency, comprising higher weekend vehicle occupancy and higher bus ridership, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel usage. Moving past sustainability goals, more efficient transportation will improve access to Arapahoe Basin for populations across the Front Range and Summit County who may not have access to an automobile. To accomplish the objective of improving transportation efficiency and bus ridership, I conducted a vehicle occupancy study, analyzed and compared Snowstang bus ridership data, researched electric vehicle literature, and conducted a transportation survey of frequent Arapahoe Basin visitors. 

 


Gateway Communities: Affordable Housing Issues & Planning Solutions in Teton Valley

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Gateway Communities: Affordable Housing Issues & Planning Solutions in Teton Valley

Student Researcher: Sarah Knoebl

Client: Valley Advocates for Responsible Development
 
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This report provides Teton Valley communities with policies and programs to alleviate the regions ongoing housing crisis. The report includes an overview of study area existing conditions, analysis of amenity migration research, short-term rental research, and case studies. Based off of community need and existing policies, thoughtful recommendations were made to protect and expand affordable housing opportunities for Teton Valley locals. 

 


Land Use Planning Best Practices for Renewable Energy Development in Colorado

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Land Use Planning Best Practices for Renewable Energy Development in Colorado

Student Researcher: Sara Kohles

Client: Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado Energy Office
 
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Like many states in the U.S., Colorado is reshaping its energy market to transition away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner forms of renewable energy. Due to the magnitude of land needed for renewable energy production, the various types of renewable energy systems possible in Colorado, and the rapid development of renewable energy, good land use planning is essential to the energy transition. The purpose of this research and the best practices document is to help local governments take action toward Colorado’s renewable energy and GHG emissions goals. It is also an effort to highlight the hard work that is already happening across Colorado communities, especially in rural areas which are experiencing the most impact from renewable energy development. While there are many facets of renewable energy, this project focuses on the relationship between land use and renewable energy generation. 

 


Centennial: Trading Spaces Developing Better Places

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Centennial: Trading Spaces Developing Better Places

Student Researcher: Julie Latham

Client: City of Centennial
 
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Centennial: Trading Spaces Developing Better Places is a Capstone that works within the context of a declining demand for retail space and concurrent rise in need for housing within municipalities in general, and Centennial, Colorado specifically.  It reviews mixed-use development as a potential solution to revitalize and improve retail results and additionally increase housing supply.  The Capstone researches and identifies five factors that contribute to mixed-use development readiness and success including storefront vacancy, walkability, proximity to amenities, land and improvement values, and overall site conditions.  The report compiles these into a development readiness scorecard to evaluate and determine what locations are the most prime for redevelopment.  The report then reviews and scores six retail locations along East Smoky Hill Road, reviews the results, and offers recommendations for the top scoring locations. 

 


Revitalizing the Entertainment District in Lone Tree, Colorado

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Revitalizing the Entertainment District in Lone Tree, Colorado

Student Researcher: Claire Leighou

Client: City of Lone Tree
 
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The Entertainment District in Lone Tree, Colorado is a center occupied by restaurants, a movie theater, bowling alley, and indoor skydiving facility. Multiple vacancies and an auto-oriented design prevent this space from reaching its full potential and becoming an entertainment destination. Through the use of infill development and addition of new uses, including residential and mixed-use buildings, this site can become the thriving and exciting heart of Lone Tree. 

 


Data Dissemination on the High Line Canal

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Data Dissemination on the High Line Canal

Student Researcher: Kelsey Lindquist

Client: High Line Canal Conservancy
 
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The High Line Canal is a 71-mile linear park that is surrounded and managed by 11 governmental jurisdictions. I worked with the High Line Canal Conservancy to establish a method for cleaning, organizing, storing, and disseminating data. The Conservancy’s datasets were systematically cleaned and updated, then uploaded to an online data repository hosted by ArcGIS Hub. The data repository created in this project will be a hub for information on the Canal. The jurisdictions and the public will be able to access and download data on the Canal, PDF maps, and review the current plans on the Canal. This data repository will serve as a base for the Conservancy to build from as they compile and create more information on the Canal. 

 


Gunnison County Manufactured Housing Strategy

Date: 1/1/2022 - 5/31/2022

Gunnison County Manufactured Housing Strategy

Student Researcher: Megan Miles

Client: Department of Community and Economic Development, Gunnison County
 
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Mobile home parks (MHPs) provide a critical source of affordable housing and low-income homeownership opportunities, especially in rural and mountain communities experiencing a surge in demand for affordable housing.  Mobile home park residents face unique housing challenges, and residents in Gunnison County have recently raised concerns about their treatment from landlords, inadequacy of park infrastructure, rising rents, and the possibility of displacement. The Gunnison County Manufactured Housing Strategy identifies factors that contribute to housing instability in Gunnison’s mobile home parks and presents recommendations to preserve and protect existing parks, improve residents’ quality of life, and increase the capacity of residents to better advocate for themselves.  This project offers a way to better understand and support an integral but often overlooked source of affordable housing and is intended to be used as a resource for local policy makers, government leaders, and service providers.