Transit Oriented Development
The Clear Creek Transit Village Vision Plan was incorporated into the Clear Creek Valley Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan amendment to the Comprehensive Plan by the Planning Commission on Sept. 10, 2009, and ratified by the Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 5, 2009.
The following documents have been officially adopted as amendments to the county's Comprehensive Plan:
Abbreviated history of how the Clear Creek Transit Village Vision Plan was incorporated into the county's Clear Creek Valley TOD Plan.
The Clear Creek Valley TOD Plan was in the process of being set for adoption in 2009, when staff was contacted by a developer, the TOD Group, who had purchased property at 6001 Federal Blvd. with the intention of creating a Transit Oriented Development. The case was then continued to allow the TOD Group to present their vision to the community. The community meeting was held at Carl Park Community Center on May 13, 2009. The Plan received a very positive reception from the community.
The Clear Creek Transit Village Vision Plan includes an alternative conceptual site plan, massing and design views, as well as two additional options for the Federal at Clear Creek Station along the Gold Line. It further defines the vision for the county's "mixed-use village center"
on the west side of Federal Boulevard, north of the tracks. It is a more refined development plan, calling for a network of narrower streets, taller buildings and a mix of uses to provide a vibrant urban atmosphere. The Goals of the Transit Village include:
- Maximizing access to the RTD rail station
- Creating a critical mass of residents, employees, and shoppers to have a thriving retail environment and well-used public spaces
- Building Class A office space with a focus on creative and sustainable industries
- Maximizing opportunities for people to access nature without getting in a car
- Creating a substantially smaller carbon footprint as compared to conventional development though sustainable transport patterns and building design and use
- Creating LEED rated buildings
- Establishing car sharing and bicycle sharing to reduce the need for vehicle ownership
- Encouraging festivals, music and other cultural activity on-site