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DOWNTOWN & LDDA
DOWNTOWN & LDDA
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WHY LONGMONT MUST ACT NOW TO RE-ENVISION THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR.

THE ST. VRAIN RIVER CORRIDOR – LONGMONT’S GREATEST WASTED ASSET!
Why re-envisioning Longmont’s St. Vrain River Corridor from an industrial-commercial no-man’s land to a vital, thriving, high-density, mixed-used, transit-oriented, “smart-growth” corridor is vital to do now!
WHY NOW, WHY LONGMONT, WHY THE ST. VRAIN? –
THE TOP TEN DOZEN REASONS, - EXPLAINED:

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City staff presentation to City Council re. the St. Vrain Corridor, at the 2011 annual retreat

Click the above link to view the City Planning Department's - staff presentation to City Council regarding the  St. Vrain Corridor topic as discussed at the 2011 annual City Council retreat at the Xilinx Center.   This links to a PDF presentation given to the Council as background before there Saturday afternoon discussion.  Contains background and executive summary.

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What Do These Have in Common?

What do the areas of: Downtown, the Twin Peaks Mall, the Farmers Market, Boulder County Fairgrounds, and the Fastracks Station/Bus Station all have in common?

What do the issues of "economic vitality", City "branding", creating a walkable community, new business development, jobs, the airport, retail leakage, recreation, environmental protection, water stewardship ... and more.... all have in common?

LONGMONT FEATURED AT "BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE"

The "COLORADO BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE" will feature Longmont's South East Urban Renewal Authority planning area at their annual event. Colorado Brownfields Conference Nov 14 - 15th 2011 The focus of several sessions will revolve around the challenges and potentials of development -particularly the Sugar Mill site.  Long a visual feature of the city for miles in every direction, this now underutilized former sugar beet plant has long been recognized as being...(click title to read more)..

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"SMART + CONNECTED" COMMUNITIES INSTITTUTE - PLANNING LESSONS

SUSTAINABILITY was the focus of this Boulder conference.  Although you missed it, it is not too late the see the recorded sessions!  (and save yourself a lot of $$'s).  The big concluding lessons to come out of this are that "Smart Cities" are deliberate about their futures, and utilizing innovation pro-actively.  They recognize the changing reality of how the internet is empowering learning and development strategies that are efficient, less expensive, and more effective towards creating sustainable futures for our cities.

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Pueblo lauches $100 million River Corridor District push

The city of Pueblo, Colorado has launched an ambitious progrom to create an E District for economic improvent centered around their river corridor.  Much more ambitious than anything Longmont might want to do, but an example of how other cities are finding the value inherent in their river corridor areas.

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City Council to create a vision for the SAINT VRAIN River corridor!

".....The Longmont City Council voted to place the St. Vrain River Corridor Vision planning on the work plan for the City for the upcoming year.  This means that the City staff will be preparing a community outreach program to engage residents in their thoughts and ideas about the potentials of this Corridor, and its importance to the City.   ...."

Read the full article at the Times Call at the link attached, ..... and while you're there, why not SUBSCRIBE, to keep posted on the latest news!

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CU / Denver Graduate School Student projects

University of Colorado / Denver College of Architecture and Planning Graduate School students and their instructor have worked with the City to analyze and prepare findings and recommendations regarding the St. Vrain River corridor. These class projects were initiated based on a request that the City explore opportunities for redevelopment and master planning along the St. Vrain.

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