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Smart Growth Development
Smart Growth Development
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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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Land Values underutilized

Assessors land value mapNote that on the County Assessor's land value map, the river corridor reflects some of the most underutilized property in the city.  If you were to compare this to a City of Denver, or City of Golden river corridor map, you find find the exact opposite. In these cities, being near the river is VALUED, and the land use nearby reflects that!

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The SAINT VRAIN RIVER - a THREAT or UNTAPPED ASSET to LONGMONT?

The SAINT VRAIN - an overhanging threat and liability  .... or and tremendous untapped resource and asset to Longmont?

WELCOME to CAMPAIGN SAINT VRAIN.com.  That question is what this site attempts to address. The floodplain of the St. Vrain River widens to over 20 times its historic, natural width in places, due to man-made developments.  This 2,000% increase in floodplain width then flows through an area largely zoned commercial-industrial, threatening water quality, life safety, and the very economy of Longmont.

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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A "PLACE TO FLOURISH" - a "GREEN FRAMEWORK"

As part of the 1st and Main Transit Center development, the City has posted a wonderful presentaion by TownScape, Inc. called "PLACES TO FLOURISH".  It highlights that a "green framework" is principle to the effort of transitioning to a healthy "new economy". Check it out and recommend it to your Facebook friends, and you can help move Longmont into a flourishing future!

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1st & MAIN - Transit Center

Longmont has begun their community outreach and visioning on the 1st & Main Transit Center.  Located near the St. Vrain River Corridor, the succsess of this effort may largely depend on linkage to this vital greenway.

There is an excellent presentation about the vital importance of creating "PLACE", in  the economic well being and flourishing of cities in the future "New Economy". 

"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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Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan

History The most comprehensive and inclusive planning process ever undertaken in Chattanooga and Hamilton County was accomplished between 1982 and 2005.......... ....Following hundreds of public and private meetings involving thousands of citizens, the Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan was completed in March 1985 and later presented to an overflow crowd at the then new Chattanooga-Hamilton County Convention and Trade Center. The visionary plan advised that the Chattanooga riverfront was owned by everyone and should be developed "under a guiding idea which will bring its banks to life, make it a central point of pride for the City's people, and move it to the forefront of national consciousness".

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Riverwalks Article on Wikipedia

Visit this Wikipedia article for links to Riverwalk projects in the US and throughout the world.

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