Lutheran Legacy Campus

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The Lutheran Medical Campus is located at 8300 W. 38th Avenue in the heart of Wheat Ridge, and it has operated as a medical use since 1905. A new Lutheran hospital is currently being constructed at the Clear Creek Crossing development, and the hospital’s move presents a rare opportunity to reimagine the future of the Lutheran Legacy Campus. Learn more about past planning efforts and next steps below.


The hospital is moving.

The Lutheran Medical Campus is located at 8300 W. 38th Avenue in the heart of the community. On August 3rd of this year, Lutheran Medical Center will move to Clear Creek Crossing.

West Pines Behavioral Hospital is planning to move to a larger facility in Westminster in early 2025. Most hospital and affiliated clinics will relocate to the Medical Office Building on the new Clear Creek Crossing campus this fall.   Lutheran Hospice will continue to operate at its current location.

Map of current location at 8300 W 38th Ave and future location at 12911 W 40th Ave


We have a community-created, council-adopted master plan.

The City began preparing for the hospital’s departure from the Legacy Campus in early 2021 by facilitating a master planning process. From April 2021 to October 2021, community members were asked to share their vision for the future of the Legacy Campus.

Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan

  • The master plan was formally adopted by City Council in October 2021.
  • The plan outlines a framework for future development and describes community expectations and goals.
  • The plan doesn’t identify specific uses or site plans. Instead, it identifies critical elements of redevelopment; these reflect public input and retain reasonable flexibility for future owners.

The framework map illustrates the plan’s key expectations. The yellow shows lower density and lower intensity uses on the perimeter of the site, and the purple shading represents a mix of uses that can be taller and more dense in the interior of the site.

Development Framework Map and Land Use Suitability Maps from the Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan(At left) This development framework map illustrates the plan’s key expectations. The yellow shows lower density and lower intensity uses on the perimeter of the site, and the purple shading represents a mix of uses that can be taller and more dense in the interior of the site. (At right) These suitability maps show where certain land uses would be appropriate if they are proposed in the future. Again, lower intensity uses are shown at the perimeter with a mix of uses at the interior of the site.


The master plan describes three key expectations which represent the central tradeoff associated with future redevelopment:

  1. The perimeter should serve as a buffer and transition between the campus and existing adjacent neighborhoods,
  1. Future development should integrate existing assets to the greatest extent possible (such as the chapel, blue house, and trail along the Rocky Mountain Ditch), and in exchange,
  1. The interior will be afforded more flexibility in terms of land use and height.


Planning informs zoning which shapes our City.

If zoning rules align with City plans, then (over time) the built environment reflects our desired character—we get the homes, businesses, corridors and open space we want to see.


What is it?What does it mean for the Legacy Campus?
PlanningPlanning for the future means we adopt long-range documents that communicate what we want our City
to look and feel like.
The Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan is our vision document for the site.
ZoningZoning dictates how property can be developed, and is the link between planning and the real world built environment you see around you.A zone change will allow our vision to become a reality, and it will provide appropriate guardrails for future development.
Built
Environment
If zoning rules are aligned with adopted plans, then property owners develop buildings and sites that align with our vision.The City will not redevelop the site, instead, a developer will eventually use the Master Plan and the updated zoning to redevelop the Legacy Campus in a way that honors our vision.


Image of chapel, thumbnail of master plan cover, and aerial view of campus looking northwest


The City is taking action to implement the adopted master plan.

While the master plan was adopted 2.5 years ago, not much has happened since then and the hospital will vacate the legacy campus soon. In early April, the property owner (Intermountain Health) took their next step to gauge developer interest in the property. The City is also taking action to implement the adopted plan by advancing a City-initiated zone change and charter change. This was discussed with Council on April 8 and was introduced to the community at the April 16 Let's Talk public open house.

The City is proactively implementing the Master Plan, taking the initial steps required to convert the vision to action:

Urban Renewal Plan

  • Urban renewal can help fund projects from the master plan that provide a community benefit.
  • An urban renewal plan has been drafted and was presented to City Council in March 2024.
We've done this before!
We have several urban renewal plans, including for areas along Wadsworth, 38th Avenue, Kipling, I-70, Wheat Ridge Ward Station and Clear Creek Crossing.


Zone Change

  • Current zoning: Most of the current campus is zoned Planned Hospital District which only allows medical-related uses.
  • Future zoning: The The City will take the lead on a zone change to ensure alignment with the Master Plan,
    rather than waiting for a developer to initiate a rezoning. Council discussed this at a study session on April 8, 2024.
  • Zoning will establish permitted and prohibited uses, maximum heights, minimum setbacks, maximum
    densities, open space requirements, and architectural requirements. All of these standards will be informed by the Master Plan.
We've done this before!
In 2012, the City legislatively rezoned nearby portions of Wadsworth and 38th Avenue to ensure that new development and businesses align with our adopted plans.


Charter Change

  • The City Charter limits height in most areas of the City to 35 feet for residential and 50 feet for non-residential.
  • The existing hospital is about 100 feet in height.
  • The Charter needs to be amended (by a ballot question) to remove these height limits from the middle of the Lutheran Legacy Campus
  • The Master Plan outlines a critical tradeoff:
    • in order to achieve lower heights and open space on the perimeter of the site...
    • ...the middle of the site needs more flexibility in land use and height
We've done this before, too!
In 2009, voters exempted several areas of the City from the Charter limitations. These areas include portions of Wadsworth, Kipling from 44th to I-70, the area near the Wheat Ridge Ward Station, and Clear Creek Crossing.


What's next?

On May 13, City Council will consider taking formal action to begin a city-initiated zone change process. If approved, staff will being drafting zoning requirements to share with the community. Polling was completed in early May to gauge voter support of a charter change, and those results will be shared with City Council on May 13 as well.

Stay informed and involved by checking this page often or subscribe for update.

The Lutheran Medical Campus is located at 8300 W. 38th Avenue in the heart of Wheat Ridge, and it has operated as a medical use since 1905. A new Lutheran hospital is currently being constructed at the Clear Creek Crossing development, and the hospital’s move presents a rare opportunity to reimagine the future of the Lutheran Legacy Campus. Learn more about past planning efforts and next steps below.


The hospital is moving.

The Lutheran Medical Campus is located at 8300 W. 38th Avenue in the heart of the community. On August 3rd of this year, Lutheran Medical Center will move to Clear Creek Crossing.

West Pines Behavioral Hospital is planning to move to a larger facility in Westminster in early 2025. Most hospital and affiliated clinics will relocate to the Medical Office Building on the new Clear Creek Crossing campus this fall.   Lutheran Hospice will continue to operate at its current location.

Map of current location at 8300 W 38th Ave and future location at 12911 W 40th Ave


We have a community-created, council-adopted master plan.

The City began preparing for the hospital’s departure from the Legacy Campus in early 2021 by facilitating a master planning process. From April 2021 to October 2021, community members were asked to share their vision for the future of the Legacy Campus.

Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan

  • The master plan was formally adopted by City Council in October 2021.
  • The plan outlines a framework for future development and describes community expectations and goals.
  • The plan doesn’t identify specific uses or site plans. Instead, it identifies critical elements of redevelopment; these reflect public input and retain reasonable flexibility for future owners.

The framework map illustrates the plan’s key expectations. The yellow shows lower density and lower intensity uses on the perimeter of the site, and the purple shading represents a mix of uses that can be taller and more dense in the interior of the site.

Development Framework Map and Land Use Suitability Maps from the Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan(At left) This development framework map illustrates the plan’s key expectations. The yellow shows lower density and lower intensity uses on the perimeter of the site, and the purple shading represents a mix of uses that can be taller and more dense in the interior of the site. (At right) These suitability maps show where certain land uses would be appropriate if they are proposed in the future. Again, lower intensity uses are shown at the perimeter with a mix of uses at the interior of the site.


The master plan describes three key expectations which represent the central tradeoff associated with future redevelopment:

  1. The perimeter should serve as a buffer and transition between the campus and existing adjacent neighborhoods,
  1. Future development should integrate existing assets to the greatest extent possible (such as the chapel, blue house, and trail along the Rocky Mountain Ditch), and in exchange,
  1. The interior will be afforded more flexibility in terms of land use and height.


Planning informs zoning which shapes our City.

If zoning rules align with City plans, then (over time) the built environment reflects our desired character—we get the homes, businesses, corridors and open space we want to see.


What is it?What does it mean for the Legacy Campus?
PlanningPlanning for the future means we adopt long-range documents that communicate what we want our City
to look and feel like.
The Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan is our vision document for the site.
ZoningZoning dictates how property can be developed, and is the link between planning and the real world built environment you see around you.A zone change will allow our vision to become a reality, and it will provide appropriate guardrails for future development.
Built
Environment
If zoning rules are aligned with adopted plans, then property owners develop buildings and sites that align with our vision.The City will not redevelop the site, instead, a developer will eventually use the Master Plan and the updated zoning to redevelop the Legacy Campus in a way that honors our vision.


Image of chapel, thumbnail of master plan cover, and aerial view of campus looking northwest


The City is taking action to implement the adopted master plan.

While the master plan was adopted 2.5 years ago, not much has happened since then and the hospital will vacate the legacy campus soon. In early April, the property owner (Intermountain Health) took their next step to gauge developer interest in the property. The City is also taking action to implement the adopted plan by advancing a City-initiated zone change and charter change. This was discussed with Council on April 8 and was introduced to the community at the April 16 Let's Talk public open house.

The City is proactively implementing the Master Plan, taking the initial steps required to convert the vision to action:

Urban Renewal Plan

  • Urban renewal can help fund projects from the master plan that provide a community benefit.
  • An urban renewal plan has been drafted and was presented to City Council in March 2024.
We've done this before!
We have several urban renewal plans, including for areas along Wadsworth, 38th Avenue, Kipling, I-70, Wheat Ridge Ward Station and Clear Creek Crossing.


Zone Change

  • Current zoning: Most of the current campus is zoned Planned Hospital District which only allows medical-related uses.
  • Future zoning: The The City will take the lead on a zone change to ensure alignment with the Master Plan,
    rather than waiting for a developer to initiate a rezoning. Council discussed this at a study session on April 8, 2024.
  • Zoning will establish permitted and prohibited uses, maximum heights, minimum setbacks, maximum
    densities, open space requirements, and architectural requirements. All of these standards will be informed by the Master Plan.
We've done this before!
In 2012, the City legislatively rezoned nearby portions of Wadsworth and 38th Avenue to ensure that new development and businesses align with our adopted plans.


Charter Change

  • The City Charter limits height in most areas of the City to 35 feet for residential and 50 feet for non-residential.
  • The existing hospital is about 100 feet in height.
  • The Charter needs to be amended (by a ballot question) to remove these height limits from the middle of the Lutheran Legacy Campus
  • The Master Plan outlines a critical tradeoff:
    • in order to achieve lower heights and open space on the perimeter of the site...
    • ...the middle of the site needs more flexibility in land use and height
We've done this before, too!
In 2009, voters exempted several areas of the City from the Charter limitations. These areas include portions of Wadsworth, Kipling from 44th to I-70, the area near the Wheat Ridge Ward Station, and Clear Creek Crossing.


What's next?

On May 13, City Council will consider taking formal action to begin a city-initiated zone change process. If approved, staff will being drafting zoning requirements to share with the community. Polling was completed in early May to gauge voter support of a charter change, and those results will be shared with City Council on May 13 as well.

Stay informed and involved by checking this page often or subscribe for update.

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