Let's Talk Resident Engagement Program

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If you live in Applewood or Leppla Manor, your neighborhood's blitz is wrapping up now. Learn more at the links below.

Don't know the name of your neighborhood? Check out the map below.


What is Let's Talk?

We know every Wheat Ridge neighborhood is unique. Our Let’s Talk program is designed to learn more about what's important where you live. What do you love about your neighborhood? What could improve?

The program breaks the city down into 10 neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will see a 4-5 month blitz of engagement opportunities. We'll cover the city in about two-year cycles. After each engagement blitz, we update a program work plan to reflect what we're hearing most about from residents (see the Let's Talk Program Work Plan section below on this page).

Let's Talk Neighborhoods


Wheat Ridge Neighborhood Map



During these blitzes, we'll first send out a survey to residents to start the conversation. After that we'll follow up with a range of in-person and/or virtual events to home in on what's important to residents in our unique neighborhoods.

When we're in your area, we'll add a What's Up Wheat Ridge page for your neighborhood. Our first two blitzes were in East Wheat Ridge and Bel Aire and are now complete. Our current blitzes are taking place in Applewood and Leppla Manor.

If you live in these areas, join the conversation!

Past Blitzes

Let's Talk Bel Aire LogoLet's Talk East Wheat Ridge Logo


Why are we doing this?

In 2018, city officials heard loud and clear that residents want more and better opportunities to weigh in on issues that impact their neighborhoods. This resulted in the 2019 adoption of an updated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) by City Council. The update was led by a 26-member Wheat Ridge resident committee.

The NRS is a citywide policy document that reflects a year of robust community input. The primary recommendation is for the city to conduct focused engagement of residents at the neighborhood level.


Let's Talk Program Goals

Specifically, the program goals are to:

  • Develop a thorough, well documented understanding of the issues and opportunities at the neighborhood level;
  • Build trust between city staff and neighborhoods through demonstration that the city is listening and being responsive;
  • Better empower neighborhoods to take initiative and work effectively with the city for positive outcomes that respond to neighborhood changes;
  • Ensure that all neighborhoods in the city have an opportunity for focused listening and responsive actions from the city within approximately two year cycles; and
  • Ensure that the feedback received during the engagement "blitz" is robust and represents a diversity of opinions in each neighborhood.

Let's Talk Program Work Plan (Updated April 2021)

The Let's Talk Resident Engagement Program Work Plan reflects the current hot button topics we're hearing from residents across neighborhoods and aligns with citywide work plans including current City Council priorities. The Work Plan is updated continuously and after each engagement blitz that typically includes two neighborhoods at a time. The Work Plan reflects input from residents all over the city, not just those living in one of our current or recent focus neighborhoods. City Council evaluated this Work Plan on April 5, 2021 at a study session. For more details on this work plan contact us at lets-talk@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

Let's Talk Program Work Plan ItemDescriptionStatus (April 2021)
Implement the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan “Main Street” Vision
Advance the vision in adopted plans and other efforts to date that addresses 38th Avenue between Wadsworth and Sheridan in east Wheat Ridge.
Advance Elements in 2021
The City will continue to advance the Green on 38th Avenue project in 2021, which partially implements the adopted corridor plan’s vision. A more comprehensive effort to implement streetscape improvements will require City Council direction and a major funding effort such as a future bond.
Address Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Address Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the City’s zoning regulations, whereas the City does not currently acknowledge these types of units as any different from other types of dwelling units.

Advance in 2021 Pending City Council Policy Direction
This action item would represent a change in City policy so would need City Council direction. Any policy or zoning code changes could have citywide implications so staff will track feedback on this topic in future blitzes, including results from ADU-specific questions slated for the annual citywide 2021 Resident Survey. Staff recommends this policy discussion begin in a study session with Council later in 2021.

Improve 35th Avenue for Walking and Bicycling
Add bicycle and pedestrian improvements on 35th Avenue from Sheridan to Teller Street.Request Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request funding for design and construction in 2021 for the 2022 budget. If funding is allocated, a 2022 effort could include a community process to evaluate design alternatives.
Increase Resources for Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) Program
Increase funding and/or staffing for this program that includes a community and technical process to evaluate streets for various traffic calming strategies.Request Increased Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request additional funding (compared to recent years) for this program in 2021 for the 2022 budget and will also evaluate the structure and staffing of the program.
Policies and/or Rules to Support Improvements to Appearance of Commercial CorridorsThis is a high priority for City Council in 2021. The "how" is an ongoing conversation. It could include new design standards and guidelines, zoning rule changes, or other City tools to promote aesthetic improvements to corridors like 44th Avenue, 38th Avenue, and Wadsworth.Advance in 2021 Pending City Council Policy Direction
This action item emerged as a City Council priority during early 2021 discussions of the citywide work plan. It could involve any number of strategies that will require further discussion in 2021 to determine first what the specific objective is, and then to align the appropriate tools with the objective. Any rule or policy changes would include a public process at the direction of City Council.
Expand Bulk Plane Expand current bulk plane rules to apply to more residential areas to regulate building size. More information on the current rules and how they were developed can be found hereAdvance in 2021
The existing bulk plane rules in R-1C and R-3 can be applied to other R-zoned properties with a relatively simple code amendment. This combined with the high priority for 2021 among City Council makes an expanded bulk plane zoning code amendment a good candidate to advance in 2021.
Improve Communications on Development Projects with Potential Neighborhood Impacts
Expand notice to stakeholders for some development applications and expand available information for pending and active development projects.Advance in 2021
This action aligns with recent staff efforts including better public notice signs and new online engagement portals (Wheat Ridge Speaks and What’s Up Wheat Ridge). Staff plans to continue this momentum in 2021 by evaluating additional improvements like providing more information online about projects and city processes and improved noticing procedures.
Expand Dumpster and Cleanup Days to Address Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement Issues
Expand these programs in recognition that they promote both community building and improved property maintenance. More information can be found on this partnership between the City and Localworks hereRequest Increased Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request additional funding for this highly popular program in 2021 for the 2022 budget (compared to recent years) and evaluate the structure and staffing of the program in partnership with Localworks.



Questions or Comments?

Questions about the program? Review the Frequently Asked Questions section, and feel free to email lets-talk@ci.wheatridge.co.us with questions.

If you live in Applewood or Leppla Manor, your neighborhood's blitz is wrapping up now. Learn more at the links below.

Don't know the name of your neighborhood? Check out the map below.


What is Let's Talk?

We know every Wheat Ridge neighborhood is unique. Our Let’s Talk program is designed to learn more about what's important where you live. What do you love about your neighborhood? What could improve?

The program breaks the city down into 10 neighborhoods. Each neighborhood will see a 4-5 month blitz of engagement opportunities. We'll cover the city in about two-year cycles. After each engagement blitz, we update a program work plan to reflect what we're hearing most about from residents (see the Let's Talk Program Work Plan section below on this page).

Let's Talk Neighborhoods


Wheat Ridge Neighborhood Map



During these blitzes, we'll first send out a survey to residents to start the conversation. After that we'll follow up with a range of in-person and/or virtual events to home in on what's important to residents in our unique neighborhoods.

When we're in your area, we'll add a What's Up Wheat Ridge page for your neighborhood. Our first two blitzes were in East Wheat Ridge and Bel Aire and are now complete. Our current blitzes are taking place in Applewood and Leppla Manor.

If you live in these areas, join the conversation!

Past Blitzes

Let's Talk Bel Aire LogoLet's Talk East Wheat Ridge Logo


Why are we doing this?

In 2018, city officials heard loud and clear that residents want more and better opportunities to weigh in on issues that impact their neighborhoods. This resulted in the 2019 adoption of an updated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) by City Council. The update was led by a 26-member Wheat Ridge resident committee.

The NRS is a citywide policy document that reflects a year of robust community input. The primary recommendation is for the city to conduct focused engagement of residents at the neighborhood level.


Let's Talk Program Goals

Specifically, the program goals are to:

  • Develop a thorough, well documented understanding of the issues and opportunities at the neighborhood level;
  • Build trust between city staff and neighborhoods through demonstration that the city is listening and being responsive;
  • Better empower neighborhoods to take initiative and work effectively with the city for positive outcomes that respond to neighborhood changes;
  • Ensure that all neighborhoods in the city have an opportunity for focused listening and responsive actions from the city within approximately two year cycles; and
  • Ensure that the feedback received during the engagement "blitz" is robust and represents a diversity of opinions in each neighborhood.

Let's Talk Program Work Plan (Updated April 2021)

The Let's Talk Resident Engagement Program Work Plan reflects the current hot button topics we're hearing from residents across neighborhoods and aligns with citywide work plans including current City Council priorities. The Work Plan is updated continuously and after each engagement blitz that typically includes two neighborhoods at a time. The Work Plan reflects input from residents all over the city, not just those living in one of our current or recent focus neighborhoods. City Council evaluated this Work Plan on April 5, 2021 at a study session. For more details on this work plan contact us at lets-talk@ci.wheatridge.co.us.

Let's Talk Program Work Plan ItemDescriptionStatus (April 2021)
Implement the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan “Main Street” Vision
Advance the vision in adopted plans and other efforts to date that addresses 38th Avenue between Wadsworth and Sheridan in east Wheat Ridge.
Advance Elements in 2021
The City will continue to advance the Green on 38th Avenue project in 2021, which partially implements the adopted corridor plan’s vision. A more comprehensive effort to implement streetscape improvements will require City Council direction and a major funding effort such as a future bond.
Address Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Address Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the City’s zoning regulations, whereas the City does not currently acknowledge these types of units as any different from other types of dwelling units.

Advance in 2021 Pending City Council Policy Direction
This action item would represent a change in City policy so would need City Council direction. Any policy or zoning code changes could have citywide implications so staff will track feedback on this topic in future blitzes, including results from ADU-specific questions slated for the annual citywide 2021 Resident Survey. Staff recommends this policy discussion begin in a study session with Council later in 2021.

Improve 35th Avenue for Walking and Bicycling
Add bicycle and pedestrian improvements on 35th Avenue from Sheridan to Teller Street.Request Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request funding for design and construction in 2021 for the 2022 budget. If funding is allocated, a 2022 effort could include a community process to evaluate design alternatives.
Increase Resources for Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) Program
Increase funding and/or staffing for this program that includes a community and technical process to evaluate streets for various traffic calming strategies.Request Increased Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request additional funding (compared to recent years) for this program in 2021 for the 2022 budget and will also evaluate the structure and staffing of the program.
Policies and/or Rules to Support Improvements to Appearance of Commercial CorridorsThis is a high priority for City Council in 2021. The "how" is an ongoing conversation. It could include new design standards and guidelines, zoning rule changes, or other City tools to promote aesthetic improvements to corridors like 44th Avenue, 38th Avenue, and Wadsworth.Advance in 2021 Pending City Council Policy Direction
This action item emerged as a City Council priority during early 2021 discussions of the citywide work plan. It could involve any number of strategies that will require further discussion in 2021 to determine first what the specific objective is, and then to align the appropriate tools with the objective. Any rule or policy changes would include a public process at the direction of City Council.
Expand Bulk Plane Expand current bulk plane rules to apply to more residential areas to regulate building size. More information on the current rules and how they were developed can be found hereAdvance in 2021
The existing bulk plane rules in R-1C and R-3 can be applied to other R-zoned properties with a relatively simple code amendment. This combined with the high priority for 2021 among City Council makes an expanded bulk plane zoning code amendment a good candidate to advance in 2021.
Improve Communications on Development Projects with Potential Neighborhood Impacts
Expand notice to stakeholders for some development applications and expand available information for pending and active development projects.Advance in 2021
This action aligns with recent staff efforts including better public notice signs and new online engagement portals (Wheat Ridge Speaks and What’s Up Wheat Ridge). Staff plans to continue this momentum in 2021 by evaluating additional improvements like providing more information online about projects and city processes and improved noticing procedures.
Expand Dumpster and Cleanup Days to Address Property Maintenance and Code Enforcement Issues
Expand these programs in recognition that they promote both community building and improved property maintenance. More information can be found on this partnership between the City and Localworks hereRequest Increased Budget in 2021 (for 2022)
Staff plans to request additional funding for this highly popular program in 2021 for the 2022 budget (compared to recent years) and evaluate the structure and staffing of the program in partnership with Localworks.



Questions or Comments?

Questions about the program? Review the Frequently Asked Questions section, and feel free to email lets-talk@ci.wheatridge.co.us with questions.

Page last updated: 16 September 2021, 08:12