The Board of County Commissioners ratified the Making Connections in Southwest Adams County Planning and Implementation Plan with a unanimous vote in public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, paving the way for implementation after the county Planning Commission adopted the plan in October.
The plan coordinates and prioritizes the implementation of a variety of envisioned and planned projects to improve how Adams County residents get to work and school, where businesses locate and homes are built, and the necessary infrastructure and systems to respond to changing needs and trends while promoting a high quality of life for all residents.
“Our multijurisdictional planning team has worked diligently with the public and stakeholders in turning this plan into reality,” said Steve O’Dorisio, Board of County Commissioners Chairman. “This plan will greatly improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in the area. We’re excited to get to work immediately to implement the projects outlined in the plan.”
The county’s Long Range Strategic Planning department received input on the plan from hundreds of residents in the area and prioritized the top infrastructure and policy projects to be included. The county held several neighborhood meetings over the past several months, with interpretation in Spanish and English, to gather input from residents and business owners. Participating stakeholders included regional local governments of Denver, Westminster, Arvada, Thornton, Northglenn, Federal Heights, and Commerce City; Tri-County Health Department; utility providers; school districts; parks and recreation districts; developers; the business community; and numerous others.
The Board of County Commissioners also approved funding for two of the projects in the Making Connections list. The Long Range Strategic Planning department will hire a qualified consultant to conduct a Local Financing Study to evaluate existing and innovative tools to pay for the top infrastructure and policy needs identified in the Making Connections plan, a total project list of roughly $400 million in sidewalks, water and sewer lines, new streets, affordable housing, parks, trails, and other needs to enhance quality of life. Also, the department will hire another qualified consultant to conduct a Complete Streets Policy and Street Standards to evaluate multimodal street designs and develop engineering standards for all new and reconstructed urban and rural streets. Work on both of these projects will begin immediately.
The Making Connections plan area is generally bounded south of 96th Ave, north of 52nd Ave., east of Sheridan and west of Brighton Road.