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The 2040 Plan 

An update of the current Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2013, is underway.

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Plan) will outline the community's vision for the future through a framework of goals and policies that support a thriving and healthy community comprised of great neighborhoods. The Plan is meant to be a living document that is updated over time to respond to changing conditions and the evolving needs of the community.

The Plan is one of a group of long-term planning efforts to create the framework for the future of Westminster. Five partner plans were developed in association with the Plan and are integral to achieve the city's Vision: Parks, Recreation and Libraries Plan; Transportation and Mobility Plan; Sustainability Plan; Water Supply Plan; and a sixth project - Unified Development Code - to update municipal codes relative to development to ensure the goals and policies of the Westminster Forward plans are actionable relative to land development. All parts of the Plan, in conjunction with partner plans, work together towards the realization of the city's vision for the future.

Revised 2040 Plan

The 2021 draft of the 2040 Plan has been replaced as a result of discussions with City Council to ensure alignment between the Plan and the City's updated Vision, notably removal of "the Next Urban Center" concept and how the 2040 Plan can adjust to the change in direction. An updated draft (dated November 2022) responding to comments from the October 3, 2022 City Council Study Session was presented at the December 5, 2022 City Council Study SessionEmail comments to planning@cityofwestminster.us.

The proposed citywide distribution of land uses is shown below:

 

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What's happening now? 

The City welcomes the community’s continued feedback. After four years of hearing from our community, the revised 2040 Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission on February 14 and City Council on March 13. In addition to providing public comment at the Planning Commission and City Council meeting, community members may also submit feedback by phone at (303) 706-3113 or email at PCPubComm@cityofwestminster.us.

Date and Location: 

Planning Commission 
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7pm 

Westminster City Hall 
9200 W. 92nd Avenue  
Livestream: youtube.com/westminsterco 

Westminster City Council 
Monday, March 13, 2023 at 7pm
 
Westminster City Hall 
9200 W. 92nd Avenue 
Livestream: youtube.com/westminsterco 

 

FAQ

A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document is now available to provide additional information on the Plan.

The Process

A community-focused process engaged the public to solicit ideas and comments from westminster residents and businesses.

Technical working groups will develop plan content and periodic community engagement efforts will be held to get feedback on the draft plan. additional outreach will be coordinated in consideration of covid-19 protocols. 

Plan Cornerstones

  1. Thriving City
    1. Distinctive city with a strong identity/be bold, innovative, and different
    2. Vibrant community with a diverse, healthy economy/resilient local economy/financial sustainability
  2. Healthy Places
    1. Integrated parks and open space system/embrace the outdoors
    2. Safe and healthy community
  3. Great Neighborhoods
    1. Well-designed, attractive neighborhoods/distinct neighborhood pride
    2. Balanced housing mix
  4. Managed Growth
    1. Employment development to support a resilient economy
    2. Multimodal transportation system/connectivity, accessibility and safety
    3. Environmental stewardship and water resource management/feasibility of infrastructure and service costs (water and sewer)

Neighborhood Units

The remaining land inventory in the city is dominated by smaller parcels bypassed by previous developments. New development typically begins with the initial site planning and subdivision design with cost and unit yield being critical considerations. The neighborhood unit concept provides a context for considering the appropriateness of new development within the existing neighborhood fabric. Neighborhood units are primarily low density housing with a park or similar civic space as a focal point. Certain key edge locations may also support a mix of uses in cases where neighborhood services, infrastructure, and transit is available.

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Plan Structure

The plan cornerstones of THRIVING CITY, HEALTHY PLACES, GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS and MANAGED GROWTH inform development of the entire plan with long term aspirations. Plan themes shared with the Sustainability Plan are the basis for the plan chapters. Under each theme are goals with broad statements to help realize the guiding principles and then under each goal are policies to establish direction to carry out the goals. Land use is just one policy within the plan to inform future decisions on growth. Actions to implement the plan are being identified through development of the plan but will reside in a separate implementation work program that can be revised and updated on a more regular basis. 

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