RGA's Municipal Planning Services Representative Projects
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Town of Hayden, Colorado
Role: Town Planner
Description: The RGA planning team directs and facilitates all planning matters for the town, including: annexation projects, conditional use permits, site plan review, sign and lighting permits, and multiple types of plat reviews. In 2015, RGA assisted in the creation of the town’s marijuana ordinance and in 2016, ushered new marijuana businesses through the development review process for which three have now been permitted. Additional coordination has been made with plot plan reviews for single-family homes in developed subdivisions. RGA has also participated in several special projects for the town staff and Planning Commission, including: lot count inventory, development code assessment and revisions to the development process guidelines and checklists. Our planners work closely with the Town Manager and contract Building Official.
Town of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado
Role: On-Call Planner
Description: The RGA planning team provides as-needed on-call development services to the Town Clerk. Previous work has included: feasibility for rezoning of property from residential to commercial, annexation of property to the town for church use and general development review.
Role: Consultant – Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan
Description: The RGA team partnered with GreenPlay, LLC to provide a Parks and Open Space Master Plan for Hot Sulphur Springs. Our team facilitated several meetings with the town to understand the important issues to the community and a tour with stakeholders to see the issues. The plan looks at opportunities the town has, given their location in Grand County adjacent to the Colorado River as well as a variety of public lands. Throughout the process, there was an emphasis on stakeholder input which resulted in a practical and implementable plan, and positions the Town to apply for future grants.
Town of Johnstown, Colorado
Role: On-Call Planner/Interim Community Development Director
Description: The RGA planning team provides site and landscape plan reviews for Johnstown on an as-needed basis. RGA utilizes the specific 2534 PUD Design Guidelines, as well as town guidelines to ensure a consistent landscape and site design for a growing commercial corridor. Recently, due to the retirement of the Town Planner, the RGA planning team members serve as the Director of the department.
Town of Kersey, Colorado
Role: Consultant - 2016 Comprehensive Plan
Description: The RGA team partnered with the planning department of the Town of Kersey, managed by Resource Conservation Partners, LLC, to provide a high-quality yet cost-effective comprehensive plan to the town. The RGA planning team led a robust community engagement process with citizens, stakeholders, business owners, Town Council and Planning Commission. This process included several innovative public outreach techniques, including: joint work sessions, community workshops, design charrettes, open houses and website/social media use. After public input, the plan included focused directives towards a resilient community with economic viability, new housing opportunities and open space planning. Per grant requirements, the plan was completed in three months.
Town of Kremmling, Colorado
Role: Consultant – Comprehensive Plan
Description: The RGA planning team led the update of Kremmling’s Comprehensive Plan. Kremmling is a mountain community in Grand County with a population of approximately 1,400 people. Located less than one hour from Silverthorne, Steamboat Springs and Winter Park, Kremmling is a hotspot for outdoor activities, and is working to capitalize on tourism opportunities to strength its economic base. RGA conducted a series of public outreach meetings in conjuction with Downtown Colorado Inc. to generate Kremmling’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan addresses land use, economic development, environment, urban design, capital improvements, housing and transportation.
City of Sheridan, Colorado
Role: City Planner
Description: RGA serves as the Planning Department for the City of Sheridan, responding to public inquiries regarding interpretations of the zoning and subdivision codes, as well as responding to all land use and zoning development inquires. We process all land use applications, including rezoning, site development, subdivisions, variances, annexations and special use permits. Additionally, we manage the pre-application review process and processing of referrals from other jurisdictions. We work closely with other city departments and outside review agencies to coordinate timely reviews and processing of applications, along with overseeing the facilitation of the Development Review Committee to improve inter-department communication. Our planners are responsible for the preparation and presentation of staff reports to the Planning Commission and City Council, representing the city at public hearings. RGA planners also assist the City Manager with Enterprise Zone Administration and economic development for the city. Our team has also helped the city transition into a city-wide electronic record-keeping system. Additionally, our planners have assisted the city with grant applications and administration, securing the city over $1 million dollars in funding.
Role: Consultant - 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update
Description: RGA assisted Sheridan’s Planning and Zoning Commission with its Comprehensive Plan Update. The RGA team analyzed the existing plan to determine what goals had been accomplished and created a new action matrix. Having served the Sheridan community since 2009, we were able to use our relational and experiential knowledge of how the city operates to incorporate staff’s ideas that had been discussed for many years into the update. Extensive community involvement was facilitated by RGA, involving community workshops, surveys, walking tours, joint-public meetings and a booth at Sheridan Celebrates, the community’s annual festival.
A unique characteristic of this plan was the partnership with Tri-County Health to evaluate the plan from a health perspective. RGA worked with Tri-County to develop new goals and policies to address health in land use and transportation. The city was selected as a Public Health Hero of the Year for 2015 by the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) for facilitating a “collaborative and inclusive approach to policy development, which helped to build a foundation of goals and policies for the comprehensive plan that will lead to lasting change and improved health outcomes for Sheridan residents”.
Town of Lochbuie, Colorado
Role: On-Call Planner
Description: RGA serves as the on-call planner for the Town of Lochbuie. RGA staff is currently coordinating with town staff and a developer to implement new phases to a 300+ lot master planned community. The RGA planning team also provides the Town Administrator with planning expertise over development opportunities, site plans and conditional use permits, presenting these proposals regularly to the town boards.
Town of Milliken, Colorado
Role: Consultant – Housing Needs Assessment
Description: The Milliken Housing Needs Assessment was done in an expedited fashion to help support Milliken’s application for CDBG-DR funds to address the community’s impacts from the September 2013 floods. The Assessment was much broader in scope than just flood impacts. It examined the changing demographics, the rapid growth experienced by Milliken in the past 15 years, the existing supply of lots and changing economic needs, as well as the lack of affordable housing opportunities at a variety of income ranges. A series of recommendations were generated which addressed what the Town could do, what Partnerships could be formed, and what different development options could be encouraged.
Rio Grande County, Colorado
Role: Consultant - 2016 Joint Master Plan Update
Description: In response to a quick turnaround due to grant requirements, RGA was hired by Rio Grande County to facilitate an update of its 2004 Rio Grande County Joint Master Plan. The updated included three different jurisdictions as well as the county as a whole. The RGA team conducted a week-long community outreach in Rio Grande County, meeting individually with the residents, business owners and board members of the Town of South Fork, the Town of Del Norte, the City of Monte Vista and Rio Grande County.
We hosted a booth at the 2015 San Luis Valley Potato Festival, where we interacted with festival goers, asking them to comment on maps, past Plan goals and what they love about Rio Grande County. During the nine month update process, we hosted a website with a monthly blog, provided space for comments and included community specific surveys for enhance feedback. The second round of community outreach included two days of open-house style meetings to discuss the draft plan and receive feedback from each community, as well as the county. The plan was adopted in March of 2016, by the county as well as all three municipalities.
Role: Consultant - Land Use Development Code Assessment
Description: Since its last adoption in the mid-1970s, Rio Grande County has amended sections of its Land Use Development Code (LUDC). After decades of these section-by-section updates, the County hired RGA to complete a full assessment of the Land Use Development Code and make recommendations to address inconsistencies, contradictions, and other organizational structure challenges in addition to making recommendations for policies which are not included in the current LUDC. Through these meetings it became evident that the structure and format of the LUDC did not allow for easy and consistent interpretation and enforceability of the regulations. Further, it became clear that there were a few unique land use patterns within the County which were not contemplated within the LUDC. After meeting with County staff, the Board of County Commissioners, and selected community stakeholders, the RGA Team conducted an in-depth assessment of the LUDC which included a section by section review of the code, identification of inconsistencies, missing enabling legislature and references, and identified issues. For a final deliverable, RGA provided the County with an Assessment Report which identified other critical a recommended course of action for the County to take as well as a full, section by section analysis of the LUDC in table form for increased usability and readability.
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