The City has contracted with urban design consultants from Winter & Company to produce a grass-roots, implementation-oriented plan that will hone in on a vision for the future of the neighborhood. The Plan will directly inform the ongoing major update to the city’s comprehensive land use plan and development code re-write.
Staff will ask the community their vision for redevelopment, appropriate types of land uses, barriers to redevelopment, and adaptive reuse. Community input will be gathered to identify specific infrastructure and development needs.
Planning efforts began with the first focus group session held on January 16th. The group consists of local business and resident stakeholders tasked with helping to identify the community’s unique assets and challenges. The focus group will meet several more times throughout the project to ensure that the final product lays out a practical, neighborhood-supported approach that builds upon the vitality of the Harris Park Area community.
In addition to the focus group sessions, two community workshops are planned to allow the greater Westminster community to provide input. Additional opportunities for public comment will be made available throughout the public outreach process which is expected to conclude in fall 2019.
Located roughly between 72nd Ave. and 80th Ave., from Lowell Blvd. to the BNSF rail line, the Harris Park neighborhood forms the very origin of the City of Westminster. Following the construction of the railway in 1881, the area soon became covered by apple and cherry orchards, creating a green oasis on the dry plains.
In 1911, the town of Harris voted to incorporate as the town of Westminster and continued to grow into one of the largest orchard centers in the country. With the housing boomed following World War II and the construction of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike, the Harris Park neighborhood continued to thrive.
Although Westminster is now a major suburban center in the Denver area, Harris Park serves as a reminder of the city’s historic origins along the railway line.
The focus group consists of local business and resident stakeholders tasked with helping to identify the community’s unique assets and challenges. The focus group will meet several times throughout the project to ensure that the final product lays out a practical, neighborhood-supported approach that builds upon the vitality of the Harris Park community.Focus Group #1 Summary
For development/redevelopment opportunities:
Stephanie Troller, Business Development Manager
Economic Development Department
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-658-2318
For Harris Park Area Plan inquiries:
Nathan Lawrence, Senior Planner
Community Development Department
email@example.com or 303-658-2099