We're excited to announce that Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has awarded the 20-Minute Neighborhood Implementation Strategy project and the Mountair Park Community Farm Gold recognition in the 2015 Local Government Award program's Planning for Economic Development category. That category recognizes exceptional contributions to regional economic development through innovative municipal and county efforts to create vibrant and vital places where people live, work, and play.
After many months of community and task force meetings, stakeholder interviews, and project steering committee meetings, the Sheridan Station 20-Minute Neighborhood Implementation Strategy is completed. Thank you to the many residents, business owners, property owners, and other stakeholders in the Sheridan Station area who participated in this process. Please click on the plan cover to download the full document.
The West Line Corridor Collaborative organized a series of community meetings beginning in the fall of 2013 to gather input about ways to achieve these 20-Minute Neighborhood goals around the Sheridan Station. The topic areas addressed by the community, and the key recommendations for each area, are identified in the graphic above. Several goals are already being realized, including the creation of the Mountair Park Community Farm just blocks from the Sheridan Station. The farm will provide access to fresh, locally grown, organic produce as well as provide opportunities for education and community events. Bike signage is also being installed to help guide bicyclists and pedestrians between the Sheridan Station and Mountair Park and the West Line bike trail.
The purpose of the Sheridan Station 20-Minute Neighborhood Implementation Strategy or Catalytic project effort is to build upon the adopted Lakewood and Denver, Colorado Sheridan Station area plans and take them to the next level for implementation. The 20-minute neighborhood concept is to create and enhance neighborhoods where residents have easy, convenient access by walking or bicycling to many of the places and services they use daily, including local markets and other neighborhood serving businesses, restaurants, schools and parks within a half-mile or 20-minute walking distance and utilizing the Sheridan transit station area as a hub.
The planning process and products will set the stage for real on the ground changes that could include new retail and restaurants, additional jobs, diverse housing opportunities, and provide additional opportunities for a healthy lifestyle with easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The strategy will also identify ways to improve access to the Sheridan station for people walking and biking and will explore car and bike sharing programs for the area.
The main focus points of the implementation strategy are:
- MOBILITY | Develop specific improvement recommendations to station area access and solutions for all ages and abilities, including bike share and car share programs. Identify specific locations in the neighborhoods where walking and bicycling improvements are needed and a plan of action of how to build them.
- HOUSING | Identify opportunities, partnerships, and locations for mixed-income housing in a variety of housing types, such as new apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and single family infill, as well as programs to help residents with the rehabilitation of existing homes.
- BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT | Create strategies that improve and support existing business and align them with neighborhood needs. Support new neighborhood business development. Encourage job creation.
- HEALTH | Increase access to healthy food for people living and working in the Sheridan Station area by identifying critical food access partners and locations for food production, packaging, and sales. Improve sidewalks, parks, and trails so residents can safely and conveniently walk or bike to the places they need to go in the neighborhood.
This effort is organized by the West Line Corridor Collaborative and funded through the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Sustainable Communities Initiative Grant.
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