44th Avenue Subarea Plan

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About the Project

West 44th Avenue is one of the City's primary east-west corridors, and the 44th Avenue Subarea Plan will provide a long-range planning document for the western portion. The City of Wheat Ridge has hired a planning consultant, MIG Inc., to assist with the W. 44th Avenue Subarea Plan throughout 2022.

The plan will focus on W. 44th Avenue between Youngfield Street and Clear Creek (near Field Street) and will more broadly include the portion of the City between Clear Creek and I-70. This western segment of W. 44th Avenue is not simply a corridor; it is the connection between the eastern and western portions of the City, for the transit-oriented development (or TOD) at Wheat Ridge · Ward Station, for Clear Creek Trail, for the Clear Creek Crossing development at the City’s far western edge, and for numerous adjacent residential neighborhoods. The Envision Wheat Ridge Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2009, classifies W. 44th Avenue as a Neighborhood Commercial Corridor and the primary east/west corridor for the City.

Per the community input gathered through the recently updated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy and the ongoing Let’s Talk resident engagement program, the community wants to see improvements made to the aesthetic of its primary corridors, and W. 44th Avenue is a priority among those. Today, W. 44th Avenue has a mix of conditions that create a unique context for future planning and redevelopment. Although the sidewalks, curbs, pavement, and lighting in the public right of way are in fairly good condition, there is, broadly speaking, inconsistency in private property investment and maintenance that undermines the overall visual appeal of the corridor. The City has taken some important steps, such as updating the Streetscape Design Manual to require trees along the street behind the curb, among other improvements, to enhance the overall user experience along the corridor, and enhancing the corridor will be a key part of this subarea plan.

Project Goals

The subarea planning process will combine public input with technical analysis to establish a long-range vision and guiding principles for the W. 44th Avenue planning area which will guide future development decisions. The plan will include an assessment of land use, transportation circulation, neighborhood connections, and redevelopment standards to ensure they are appropriate for the area. The subarea plan will focus on revitalization and reinvestment along W. 44th Avenue, including businesses, neighborhoods, key economic drivers, and community assets. The goal is to create a vision and redevelopment strategy for W. 44th Avenue and to identify priority actions that will help achieve the vision and visibly improve the community.


What's New?

Thank you to all who have been involved so far, whether that be through advisory committee meetings, focus group meetings, attending the open house event, taking part in online visioning activities, or stopping by the information table at the Recreation Center to round out this initial phase of the project. MIG is beginning the analyze input received while wrapping up existing conditions analyses, and the information will be used to inform the next phase, assessing preliminary concepts and recommendations. The next round of public meetings will begin in May and into June, with additional presence at local events wherever possible to gain more input. Keep an eye out on whatsupwheatridge.com/44th-avenue for more opportunities for input and upcoming dates.

Feeling like you missed out on the conversation? Check out the presentation from the focus group meetings below and the open house presentation boards can be found here. The online Vision Mapping Report can be found here and Visioning Survey Report can be found here.

Focus Group Presentation



Next Steps & How To Be Involved

  1. Subscribe to this page to receive email updates about the project (look for the megaphone "stay informed" icon at the top or bottom of this page)
  2. Subscribe to the City's monthly Mayor's Matters enewsletter
  3. Sign up for public meeting notices on the City Calendar
  4. Register here on What's Up Wheat Ridge to take part in online activities that will appear on this project page throughout the year
  5. Save the date! The next public meeting will be held on July 6,2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.

About the Project

West 44th Avenue is one of the City's primary east-west corridors, and the 44th Avenue Subarea Plan will provide a long-range planning document for the western portion. The City of Wheat Ridge has hired a planning consultant, MIG Inc., to assist with the W. 44th Avenue Subarea Plan throughout 2022.

The plan will focus on W. 44th Avenue between Youngfield Street and Clear Creek (near Field Street) and will more broadly include the portion of the City between Clear Creek and I-70. This western segment of W. 44th Avenue is not simply a corridor; it is the connection between the eastern and western portions of the City, for the transit-oriented development (or TOD) at Wheat Ridge · Ward Station, for Clear Creek Trail, for the Clear Creek Crossing development at the City’s far western edge, and for numerous adjacent residential neighborhoods. The Envision Wheat Ridge Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2009, classifies W. 44th Avenue as a Neighborhood Commercial Corridor and the primary east/west corridor for the City.

Per the community input gathered through the recently updated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy and the ongoing Let’s Talk resident engagement program, the community wants to see improvements made to the aesthetic of its primary corridors, and W. 44th Avenue is a priority among those. Today, W. 44th Avenue has a mix of conditions that create a unique context for future planning and redevelopment. Although the sidewalks, curbs, pavement, and lighting in the public right of way are in fairly good condition, there is, broadly speaking, inconsistency in private property investment and maintenance that undermines the overall visual appeal of the corridor. The City has taken some important steps, such as updating the Streetscape Design Manual to require trees along the street behind the curb, among other improvements, to enhance the overall user experience along the corridor, and enhancing the corridor will be a key part of this subarea plan.

Project Goals

The subarea planning process will combine public input with technical analysis to establish a long-range vision and guiding principles for the W. 44th Avenue planning area which will guide future development decisions. The plan will include an assessment of land use, transportation circulation, neighborhood connections, and redevelopment standards to ensure they are appropriate for the area. The subarea plan will focus on revitalization and reinvestment along W. 44th Avenue, including businesses, neighborhoods, key economic drivers, and community assets. The goal is to create a vision and redevelopment strategy for W. 44th Avenue and to identify priority actions that will help achieve the vision and visibly improve the community.


What's New?

Thank you to all who have been involved so far, whether that be through advisory committee meetings, focus group meetings, attending the open house event, taking part in online visioning activities, or stopping by the information table at the Recreation Center to round out this initial phase of the project. MIG is beginning the analyze input received while wrapping up existing conditions analyses, and the information will be used to inform the next phase, assessing preliminary concepts and recommendations. The next round of public meetings will begin in May and into June, with additional presence at local events wherever possible to gain more input. Keep an eye out on whatsupwheatridge.com/44th-avenue for more opportunities for input and upcoming dates.

Feeling like you missed out on the conversation? Check out the presentation from the focus group meetings below and the open house presentation boards can be found here. The online Vision Mapping Report can be found here and Visioning Survey Report can be found here.

Focus Group Presentation



Next Steps & How To Be Involved

  1. Subscribe to this page to receive email updates about the project (look for the megaphone "stay informed" icon at the top or bottom of this page)
  2. Subscribe to the City's monthly Mayor's Matters enewsletter
  3. Sign up for public meeting notices on the City Calendar
  4. Register here on What's Up Wheat Ridge to take part in online activities that will appear on this project page throughout the year
  5. Save the date! The next public meeting will be held on July 6,2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.
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Vision: Mapping

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The first phase of the project is based on a foundation that includes a technical analysis of the existing conditions, an examination of key trends and issues, and community-wide vision and goal setting.  The objective of this phase is to allow the community to shape the long-term vision and goals for the subarea. The first community engagement window began with an advisory committee meeting and a series of focus group meetings, followed by an open house community event.   A summary presentation can be found on the main project page, and the open house presentation boards can be found here.  This online activity is intended to provide another opportunity for those community members who were either not part of the focus groups, or were unable to attend the in-person open house by providing the same information and replicating the same input methods.  

The following map is zoomed into the project area.  As a reminder, I-70 serves as both the northern and western boundaries, and Clear Creek serves as both the southern and easter boundaries.  There are seven types of pins that can be placed on the map to organize your comments into larger categories.  Those categories include: Opportunities, Issues, Mobility Comments, Housing Comments, Retail Comments, Open Space Comments and General Comments.  

Following the map activity, please navigate to the Vision: Survey to provide any additional comments.  These activities will remain open until March 28.

CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
Page last updated: 16 May 2022, 04:37 PM