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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Moving Forward with Westminster Forward

The city continues efforts to form a framework for the future of Westminster. This effort is called “Westminster Forward” and incorporates a family of coordinated citywide plans: the Comprehensive Plan (land use); Parks, Recreation and Libraries Plan; Sustainability Plan; Transportation and Mobility Plan; Unified Development Code; and Water Supply Plan.

To date, planning outreach efforts have reached nearly 10,000 people through the city website, City Edition articles, one-on-one interviews, public events and meetings, and online surveys.

Throughout late winter and spring, the city and consultant team have worked to identify opportunity areas – those areas of vacant land and/or appropriate areas for redevelopment – and determine land use concepts within those areas.

A next step in this process is to correlate land uses with water demand, which will allow the city to proactively plan future development to meet anticipated water supply. The first products of this effort are planned to be available this summer for public review and comment.

In addition, the team is updating the Municipal Code and Design Guidelines to match planning considerations with land use classifications and descriptions. This aspect of Westminster Forward included a public kick-off along with stakeholder interviews, five meetings of the Code Task Force, a design workshop and visual preference exercise. Drafting is underway on development procedures, landscaping provisions, and standards for building and site design.

Through the summer, companion efforts to form plans for Parks, Recreation and Libraries; Sustainability; Transportation and Mobility; and Water Supply will build upon initial concepts and outreach received with the work of the Comprehensive Plan and Development Code.

BE INVOLVED

1. Sign up online to be notified by email of Westminster Forward updates and events at www.cityofwestminster.us/forward

2. Stay tuned for a series of public events this summer. Provide feedback on Westminster Forward at city events, including:

a. Movies in the Park, Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., Legacy Ridge Golf Course

b. Latino Fest, Saturday, July 20, noon to 8 p.m., Westminster Station Park

3. Contact us at westminsterforward@cityofwestminster.us

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