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Design Guideline Update Workshop #1

Project Overview:
The City of Arvada is in the process of updating the Design Guidelines for Olde Town Arvada.
In 1998 the Arvada Downtown Historic District was established and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Subsequently, in 2004, the Design Guidelines for Olde Town were adopted and a process overseeing development in the district and surrounding conservation area were developed.  Anticipation of the arrival of commuter rail and the location of a transit station in the heart of Olde Town resulted in the adoption of the Arvada Transit Framework Plan in 2007.  Plan implementation strategies included the exploration of amendments to the Design Guidelines for Olde Town Arvada which would be supportive of development that is both sensitive to maintaining the character of the Downtown Arvada Historic District and the character of a transit oriented development.  In addition, several years of work with the Design Guidelines have identified the need to update and reorganize the adopted document.

Scope of Study Area:
The project area includes all of the lands within the Arvada Downtown Historic District, the Olde Town Conservation Area, and the portion of the Olde Town Station Area Plan designated as “Mixed-Use Olde Town.”

The Planning Approach:
An essential component of the study is for the community to help frame a future vision for the Olde Town area. The project team invites active participation with the public in development appropriate design standards. Citizens will have the opportunity to work with the project team to explore various development prototypes and appropriate locations for development that are sensitive to the character of Olde Town and allow it to retain its historic designation.

Upcoming Events:
In February, the City will conduct the first of two community workshops to solicit input from the business community, residents and neighbors.  The workshop will focus on analyzing the physical opportunities and constraints that will shape development and beginning to identfy appropriate building heights.  Please mark your calendar and attend the project's first public workshop where we will begin to explore the relationship between TOD development and historic preservation.

Public Workshop #1
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 6:00-9:00 pm – Arvada Public Library, 7525 W. 57th Avenue.

Project Contact:
The Olde Town Design Guidelines Project is being administered by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. For more information about the project, please contact:

Cheryl Drake
Senior Planner