Sunrise Neighborhood Land Use Initiative

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Sunrise Neighborhood Land Use Initiative: Engaging With A Diverse Community on Zoning and Beyond

Student Researcher: Samantha Snyder

Client: City of Greeley
 
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The City of Greeley’s Planning Division has recognized the need to develop catered strategies of communication and engagement with the Sunrise Neighborhood, one of the oldest and most diverse neighborhoods in the City. The City seeks to engage with the neighborhood in an inclusive and authentic way in order to address the prevalent zoning nonconformities in the neighborhood and establish long-lasting mechanisms of engagement. The Sunrise Neighborhood Land Use Initiative fulfills these goals through an engagement plan grounded in inclusivity, collaboration, and relationships. The author uses a phased approach to map out a flexible, yet detail-oriented engagement plan over a six-month period. The Plan utilizes strategies such as local youth canvassing teams, focus-groups, and creating citizen learning academies for a permanent resident taskforce to promote long-term engagement.

 


Suburban Retail Innovations in Centennial

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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The Future of Suburbia: Retail Innovations and Centennial

Student Researcher: David King

Client: City of Centennial
 
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The retail world as we know it has begun another transformative shift. The introduction of new retail concepts has increased dramatically with the events of 2020, ushering in a new era of shopping. Centennial faces struggling retail conditions along vital corridors and has a desire to prepare for the coming wave of innovation. This report explains the existing conditions, introduces overarching retail trends, identifies relevant case studies, and concludes with recommendations for the City moving forward.

 


Streetscape Design, North Las Vegas

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Streetscape Design, as part of the Comprehensive Transportation Master Plan for the City of North Las Vegas

Student Researcher: Alisa Childress

Client: Metta Urban Design
 
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The City of North Las Vegas (City) required a study for the purposes of updating the Master Plan of Streets and Highways (MPSH). This project assisted with this effort by establishing street typologies to describe streets across the City based on right of way width and context and developing typical cross sections for residential and downtown streets. The typical street sections incorporated complete streets principles and are designed to be comfortable and safe for people of all ages and ability levels.

 


Stairway to Heaven & Economic Impact

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Stairway to Heaven: A Predictive Economic Impact Report

Student Researcher: Paige McCallister

Client: City of Central, Colorado
 
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This project took one of the three priority projects outlined in the Central City Trails Master Plan, adopted in Dec 2020, and evaluated its economic impact in a city with no outdoor recreation or pedestrian connections. Central City’s objective in building the “Stairway to Heaven,” a proposed incline trail that would connect both a population center and lodging was to attract new demographics to the area and provide a much-needed pedestrian connection. Evaluating national trends on outdoor recreation and utilizing case studies, three scenarios were presented to best show how introducing outdoor recreation can bring economic growth and diversification. 

 


Southeast Colorado Springs Urban Heat Island

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Southeast Community Plan: Mitigating the Urban Heat Island

Student Researcher: Andrea Vaughn

Client: Colorado Springs
 
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The Urban Heat Island (UHI) has become an issue of increasing concern for municipalities across the country. This issue of UHI is even more pressing in disinvested communities, where temperatures can reach up to 4 degrees higher than the rest of the city.
The city of Colorado Springs has recognized the issue of UHI in their most impoverished community, the Southeast. As the city pilots their first community planning effort in the Southeast, the city has sought help in understanding best practices to mitigate the impacts of UHI. This report provides a resource for city planners to develop and implement strategies aimed at addressing UHI.

 


Revitalizing Dillon's Town Core

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Revitalizing Dillon's Town Core: Creating Connectivity, Wayfinding, and Animation

Student Researcher: Ariadne Salvetti

Client: Town of Dillon
 
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The goal of this project is to strengthen the infrastructure of the town through animation, connection, and wayfinding to create a more enjoyable community experience in the town of Dillon. The main objective is to create a sense of place through art and animation and strengthen connectivity to Town Park and the Dillon Amphitheater & Marina. This will in turn improve the walkability and connectivity gaps that are present in the town.

 


Resilience Guides

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Colorado Resiliency Office - Community Resilience Assessments and Action Guides

Student Researcher: Ryan Maye Handy

Client: Colorado Resiliency Office
 
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This capstone is an independent community resiliency assessment tool created for the Colorado Resiliency Office, or the CRO. The office, part of the Colorado Division of Labor and Affairs, is a state agency dedicated to promoting resiliency, or “the ability to adapt to changing conditions and rapidly recovery from disruptions due to emergencies.” The assessment tool should function as a community-level survey that can be completed by cities of any size and by officials with no particular expertise in planning.

This assessment tool is part of a larger effort by the CRO to map Colorado’s statewide and regional risks, to include natural hazards and social vulnerabilities. In particular, the CRO hopes that a large-scale analysis of risks would help the office target rural, underserved and less well-resourced communities for its work. Research suggests that local resiliency assessments are crucial assets for communities that lack the planning staff or expertise to run a resiliency planning process. Ideally, a community resiliency assessment provides communities with a roadmap to incorporating resiliency into their existing or future plans. This tool aligns with the CRO’s 2020 framework update, which identified six areas of resiliency: Future-Ready Economy and Workforce; Climate Change and Natural Hazards; Building and Infrastructure; Agriculture and Food Security; Housing Attainability; and Community Capacity. This capstone has three parts: research of existing assessment tools and recommendation of a tool; creation of the assessment tool; pilot program with a local community to get feedback on the tool. 

 


Public Engagement in Rural Larimer County

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Public Engagement for Rural Communities in Larimer County, Colorado

Student Researcher: Alyssa Martin

Client: Larimer County
 
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Larimer County has recently completed a new master plan and is now prioritizing long-range planning in various subareas of the county. This capstone aims to provide a Community Engagement Plan for the rural centers and subareas of Larimer County during the initial engagement phase. The goal of this phase is to obtain input from the public regarding the communities’ future and needs. Engagement strategies are based upon the challenges facing rural communities and tailored to the different regions of Larimer County. 

 


People's Guide To Planning - Bowling Green, KY

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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People's Guide To Planning - Bowling Green, KY

Student Researcher: Tara Sorrels

Client: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
 
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Citizen participation in planning involves no true citizen control. Participatory planning processes falsely assume that all participants have equal power, that all participants are knowledgeable about planning and planning processes, and that the formal planning process is the most effective way or the only way for residents to have a say in what happens in their community. This project focused on bringing planning knowledge to the community by providing a local grassroots organization with a guide to planning in Bowling Green. The guide will be used to build community empowerment around planning issues and to navigate when to use formal or informal methods of participation to improve quality of life.  

 


Identifying Bias: An Area Plan Toolkit

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Identifying Implicit and Explicit Bias in Jefferson County’s Comprehensive Master Plan: An Area Plan Toolkit

Student Researcher: Claire Byers 

Client: Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division
 
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The purpose of this Capstone project is to develop a toolkit document that can be used internally by the client, Jefferson County Planning and Zoning staff, to ensure that Area Plan updates do not contain bias or lead to inequitable outcomes. This Capstone project will employ the toolkit to analyze the Jefferson County South Plains Area Plan for possible bias and inequitable outcomes. Background research and case studies, screening of the South Plains Area Plan utilizing the toolkit, and final recommendations address two categories of bias: content (what the area plan is saying), and word choice (how it is being said). Brief analysis and recommendations addressing bias in the community engagement process are also included in the full report in order to look at potential biases within the entire process from drafting to engagement to adoption of policy.

 


Identifying Bias in Jefferson County's Rezoning Review Criteria

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Keeping “the Other” Out: Identifying and Eliminating Bias in Jefferson County’s Rezoning Review Criteria

Student Researcher: Isra Fakhruddin

Client: Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Division
 
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An evaluation of Jefferson County’s Rezoning review criteria was requested by the County’s Planning and Zoning staff for unintended racial and socioeconomic biases.  The project consisted of a literature review, a review of best practices in action, an analysis of Rezoning cases, and a review of language usage in zoning policies. A recommendation framework was then developed to suggest changes to the County’s existing development review criteria.  

 


I-70 Risk and Resilience Refined Data Evaluation

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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I-70 Risk and Resilience Refined Data Evaluation

Student Researcher: Dashiell Bubar-Hall

Client: Colorado Department of Transportation
 
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CDOT recently the I-70 Risk and Resilience Pilot project and quantified the risk to assets along the I-70 corridor that severe events such as floods and rockfalls pose.  Many assumptions were used in the initial data model which included material costs, event likelihoods and event magnitudes among other factors.  The initial data model was refined to align with the methodology produced within the CDOT Risk and Resilience Assessment Procedure manual that was finalized in 2020, resulting in a second data set for I-70 threat-asset pairs.  This capstone project will be focused on conducting data analysis on the second round of data outputs, comparing the first and second rounds to ensure consistency in methods and inputs and evaluating differences in the resulting analysis.  

 


Hoshiko Village: Adaptive Reuse and Affordable Housing

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Hoshiko Village: Adaptive Reuse and Affordable Housing

Student Researcher: Jake Dudley

Client: High Plains Housing Development Corp.
 
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This capstone forms the beginning of a master land use plan for 123 9th Avenue, a Light-Industrial (L-I) property in Greeley, Colorado. The client, High Plains Housing Development Corporation (HPHDC), initiated this report to explore the feasibility of an adaptive reuse project. HPHDC is a nonprofit corporation and a Community Housing Development Organization that seeks to prevent community deterioration in low income areas and to assist low-to-moderate income individuals and families through affordable housing development strategies. Their project goal is to provide low-income affordable and permanent supportive housing units in response to a deficient affordable housing stock in Greeley.

 


Green Affordable Housing: Wapiti Commons

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Green Affordable Housing: Wapiti Commons

Student Researcher: Srishti Murugan

Client: Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley
 
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Wapiti Commons in Rifle, Colorado, is a for-sale affordable housing project with 18 units. This community includes eight quadplex flats for seniors and ten duplex townhomes for working families. This project aims to make these homes affordable to families earning 80% of the AMI while aiming for NetZero emissions by maximizing energy-efficient construction methods such as Passive Solar technology and Photovoltaic panel installation, thus ensuring long-term affordability and sustainability.

 


Grand Lake Circulation Assessment

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Town of Grand Lake Motorized and Non-Motorized Circulation Assessment

Student Researcher: Katie Baum

Client: Town of Grand Lake
 
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The Town of Grand Lake is a small, mountain town located in north central Colorado and is mainly supported by tourism as well as an abundance of outdoor recreation. The community experiences its highest visitation during the summer, overburdening already limited parking supply and stressing the limited pedestrian walkways. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism has only increased and further emphasized the need for improved circulation and parking management, flexible streetscapes, and enhanced bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The Motorized and Non-Motorized Circulation Assessment evaluates Grand Lake’s vehicular and non-vehicular networks in relation to each other and provides feasible, high-impact projects, programming, and policy recommendations that will improve circulation, reduce pedestrian-vehicle conflict, enhance visitor experience and economic vitality, and encourage cycling and walking within the Town of Grand Lake.

 


Fast Food, Easy Walking

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Fast Food, Easy Walking: Pedestrian Design Standards for Fast-Food Drive-Through in Centennial, CO

Student Researchers: Matt Duchan and Bronte Murrell

Client: City of Centennial
 
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This capstone is a comprehensive report that entails evaluating pedestrian design characteristics at fast-food drive-throughs around Centennial and subsequently recommending design standards that are effective in enabling drivers to adequately share space with pedestrians. The students analyzed case studies and relevant literature, inventoried the design features of existing drive-through restaurants in Centennial, developed an evaluation matrix for these restaurants, and then proposed design standards for new and retrofitted drive-through restaurants. With this information, Centennial’s planning staff and appointed officials can carry out recommendations for developing new fast-food establishments in neighborhood activity centers, while also improving upon existing drive-throughs with cost-effective retrofits focusing on both comfort and safety. This report provides an overarching framework for creating resilient, active, and innovative spaces in areas that demand a greater sense of place. 

 


Denver's Mobility Hub Typology

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Denver's Mobility Hub Typology

Student Researcher: Annie Rice

Client: Fehr & Peers
 
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This report examines existing mobility hub models in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. in order to glean implementation strategies for Denver. It reviews forward-thinking local work on mobility hubs by CDOT, DRCOG, RTD, the City and County of Denver, and Transportation Solutions. Based on other U.S. peer typologies, local efforts, and station area contexts, it outlines a typology of mobility hubs for Denver. Ultimately, this study prioritizes 34 stations for mobility hub implementation based on daily ridership, density, and equity factors. It also classifies each station as a Neighborhood, Central, or Regional hub using Blueprint Denver Future Place Type, current land use, and density. The report identifies necessary and optional amenities at each hub type, visualizing each of the three hub types at example stations. Finally, it considers factors for phasing hub development, and incorporates first-hand lessons from experts involved in Denver’s mobility hub space.

 


CPTED Racial Equity Assessment

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Racial Equity Assessment and Toolkit for the Built Environment

Student Researcher: Ian Conrardy

Client: CDPHE
 
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The purpose of this capstone was to create a tool that CDPHE could give to communities across Colorado to assess their built environment for racial inequities. The overall goal of this process is to measure and better understand the problems of racial inequities so that more informed conversations can take place and interventions identified. There are little or no resources for retroactively assessing the built environment based on racial equity impacts. In all, this report outlines the need for more tools like this, a better understanding of how racial inequities impact communities, and further education around racial inequities. 

 


Colorado Roadless Rule ArcGIS Story Map

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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Colorado Roadless Rule ArcGIS Story Map

Student Researcher: Victoria Sanderson

Client: U.S. Forest Service - Rocky Mountain Regional Office
 
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The US Forest Service 2012 Colorado Roadless Rule guides management of Colorado Roadless Areas on National Forest System lands. There may be misconceptions that management is not allowed or needed in roadless areas and that the Colorado Roadless Rule itself can be a barrier to sustainable multiple use management. This may leave roadless areas unmanaged, risking increased forest fuel loads and impacts to drinking water sources, infrastructure, and ecosystem services that roadless areas provide. To help dispel these misconceptions, this Capstone explored a different approach to communicating the Colorado Roadless Rule that may not yet be widely used by agencies – visual storytelling with an ArcGIS Story Map. The Rundown on Roadless Story Map was created to assist the Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Office in communicating the agency’s vision for the management and protection of Colorado Roadless Areas to employees, particularly land managers and practitioners in Colorado. The Rundown on Roadless Story Map is an internal planning support tool and demonstrates how large amounts of information can be communicated in a more accessible and clearer framework to minimize misunderstandings of large-scale complex issues. 

 


City of Littleton Bikeway Design Guide

Date: 1/1/21 - 5/31/21
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City of Littleton Bikeway Design Guide 

Student Researchers: Aidan Johan and Krista Runchey 

Client: City of Littleton 
 
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In 2019 the City of Littleton adopted its first Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The TMP planning process highlighted the need to expand and modernize the city’s bike network. The Littleton Bikeway Design Guide offers a typology system allowing city staff to categorize Littleton’s different streets in order to determine and pick the best type of bike infrastructure.