Adams County received a 2017 Metro Vision Award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) in partnership with the City of Brighton for work on the District Plan. Representatives from the county’s Long Range Strategic Planning Department accepted the award on Thursday, April 26, at a ceremony at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.
In an innovative collaboration, the City of Brighton and Adams County developed a District Plan that encourages smart growth, sustainability, and economic development around agritourism and farmland preservation. In response to the recent decline and fragmentation of existing farmland, the county worked in tandem with the city to define a new land use category that would allow food cultivation and food processing to operate alongside businesses and community.
“The City of Brighton and Adams County were honored to work with numerous property owners, stakeholders, and the public in creating and now implementing the District Plan,” said Abel Montoya, director of the county’s Long Range Strategic Planning Department. “This committed collaboration made the District Plan possible, and the cross-jurisdictional compromise and consensus made the plan better at every step of the way.”
With rapid growth expected over the next decade, the City of Brighton and Adams County have proactively identified a way to preserve the area’s historic farming heritage, envisioning food systems that coexist with farm-to-table restaurants, breweries, and bed and breakfasts. A significant amount of research and public engagement informed the District Plan, providing a solid plan with a vision that is reflective of the community as a whole. For more information about the District Plan, visit adcogov.org/districtplan.
DRCOG’s Metro Vision Award program recognizes exemplary projects, plans, and initiatives that significantly improve the quality of life in the Denver region and its communities. The regional council has been honoring outstanding achievements for more than 30 years.
Photo (pictured left to right): Shannon McDowell, Parks & Open Space Department, and Lori Wisner, Rachel Bacon, and Abel Montoya, Long Range Strategic Planning Department.