Long Range Planning
Long Range Planning is responsible for:
- Overseeing updates and implementation of the City's Comprehensive Plan and Three-Mile Plan
- Preparing or overseeing preparation of subarea plans
- Assisting with creating and updating the City's guiding documents
- Researching and preparing reports, policies, and ordinances related to implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy and subarea plans
- Representing the City in metro-wide planning organizations such as Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
- Participating in special projects such as transportation planning, brownfields, and Community Development Block Grants
- Serving as staff liaison to Planning Commission and Wheat Ridge Housing Authority
What Is A Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a policy document that provides the vision for what a community wants to become and the steps that need to be taken to reach that vision. The plan provides guidance and direction to property owners, residents, elected and appointed officials, City staff, and local leaders who are responsible for implementing desired changes and charting the future of the community. The comprehensive plan is adopted as an official policy document by the local governing body.
Envision Wheat Ridge Comprehensive Plan
The Envision Wheat Ridge Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2009 and established the vision and direction for the future of Wheat Ridge (to the year 2035).
What is a Three-Mile Plan?
Colorado state statutes require municipalities to adopt a "Three-Mile Plan" for their communities. The purpose of this plan is to indicate in a general way how a City envisions areas outside their boundaries developing in the future if they were to be annexed. This plan is required prior to a municipality annexing any land. Such plan may extend up to three miles from the municipality's boundary.
State statutes also indicate that the plan shall generally describe the location, character, extent of streets, parks, open space, public utilities and proposed land uses. The Plan is generally adopted as an addendum to the City's Comprehensive Plan.
What is a Subarea Plan?
A subarea plan is a type of long-range guiding document that is prepared for a limited geographic area within a community and addresses both short and long-term needs. These can be focused on neighborhoods, corridors, downtowns or special districts. Subarea plans are generally consistent with a comprehensive plan, but typically provide a higher level of detail in the analysis and recommendations. A subarea plan is sometimes called a master plan, small area plan, corridor plan or station area plan. Subarea plans in Wheat Ridge are adopted as amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan.
- 44th Avenue Subarea Plan (2023) (Replaced the 2007 Fruitdale Subarea Plan). Visit the What's Up Wheat Ridge project page to learn more.
- Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan (2021). Visit the What's Up Wheat Ridge project page to learn more.
- Northwest Subarea Plan (2013)
- 38th Avenue Corridor Plan (2011)
- Wadsworth Corridor Subarea Plan (2007)
In addition to the Zoning and Development Code, Comprehensive Plan, Subarea Plans, and Redevelopment Plans (WRURA), there are other documents which are used to guide physical development and policy decisions in the community.
Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS)
City Council originally adopted the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) as an amendment to the city's Comprehensive Plan on July 25, 2005. In 2018, a year-long process was initiated to update the NRS. This included robust public input led by a 26-member citizen steering committee. City Council adopted the updated NRS document by resolution on July 22, 2019.
Architectural and Site Design Manual (ASDM)
The Architectural and Site Design Manual (ASDM) was overhauled and approved by City Council on July 16, 2012. This document provides architectural and site design requirements for new development throughout the city. The ASDM was updated most recently in April 2020.
Streetscape Design Manual (SDM)
The Streetscape Design Manual (SDM) adopted by City Council on March 28, 2011, through Ordinance 1481, establishes streetscape design requirements (such as sidewalks and street trees) for the public right-of-way adjacent to private property. The SDM was updated most recently in March 2021.
Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan
City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy and Action Plan on January 9, 2023. This plan includes a needs assessment, articulates City policy related to affordable housing, and curates a responsive set of actions with recommended sequencing. More information can be found on the project website at whatsupwheatridge.com/housing.
Other divisions and departments also create long range guiding documents for the City. These include the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (managed by the Engineering Division) and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (managed by the Parks and Recreation Department)