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Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan articulates the community's shared values and vision.  Goals and policies help guide development and investment decisions that have a direct bearing on the quality of life in Arvada.  The plan establishes the City’s land use pattern, sets the stage for development regulations and standards, and guides the City in funding programs and capital investments by anticipating future tax revenue.  The Plan was prepared to conform to the requirements in the Colorado Revised Statues.

The Comprehensive Plan is designed to be used by anyone interested in the future of Arvada:

  • Residents may be interested in the location of new neighborhoods, trails, employment, and shopping areas;
  • Business and property owners may be interested in land use recommendations or development policies for their properties;
  • As an adopted city document, all decision-makers, boards, commissions, and agencies look to the Comprehensive Plan to inform their strategic plans, budgets, timing for capital improvements, in evaluating development proposals, as well as in preparation of zoning and subdivision regulations.  The graphic to the left illustrates which pieces of the plan are most pertinent to each group.

The Comprehensive Plan is updated periodically to better leverage new opportunities and strengthen Arvada’s economy, respond to shifting demographics and new citizen concerns, and manage growth to achieve the community’s vision.