Community Highlights

TThere is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to implementing Metro Vision. Local communities around the region apply the tenets of Metro Vision in ways that support their unique local circumstances and objectives. Take a look below to see what some communities are doing.

The City of Louisville explored next steps for its downtown station on the Northwest rail line with a focus on creating multimodal connections to the station. The city has completed preliminary design plans for the Louisville Gateway Underpass. Other efforts have intentionally created community spaces to encourage residents and visitors to spend more time downtown, such as the city’s downtown patios program which allows businesses to lease patio spaces in parking spots.

After a multiyear rehabilitation and restoration project, the historic Denver Union Station reopened in 2014 as a hub of multimodal transportation options for the entire region. A regional coalition including DRCOG joined forces to develop the plan to revitalize the historic structure and surrounding properties. Denver Union Station has emerged as a primary anchor in the central business district and is a catalyst for hundreds of millions of dollars in private development and investment.

Dating back to the early 1970s, the Jefferson County Open Space program is the nation’s first sales tax funded open space program. Since its adoption, the open space program has acquired more than 54,000 acres of land with approximately one-fifth dedicated park and recreation services offered by cities or districts. Throughout the unincorporated areas of the county, 28 open space parks provide trail-based outdoor recreation, nature and history education hubs, and conservation of scenic landscapes, natural resources, historic sites and wildlife habitat.

Adams County and the Tri-County Health Department conducted a health impact assessment for the Federal Boulevard corridor. The health impact assessment included a five-step process including an initial inventory and analysis of conditions as well as a stakeholder and community engagement component. Through the health impact assessment tool, the partners identified critical issues in the corridor such as traffic safety, physical activity, community safety and housing affordability.

Downtown Castle Rock serves as the main street of Douglas County, a place where families and individuals can gather in an authentic Western setting. Castle Rock’s downtown overlay district provides zoning modifications that allow for building heights of four to six stories, mixed‐use; eases parking requirements; and creates pedestrian‐focused buildings. There are bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting into and throughout Downtown Castle Rock. These unique amenities have led to downtown Castle Rock’s success in attracting new development while simultaneously preserving its Old West aesthetic.