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Boulder Transit Village Area Plan

Boulder Transit Village Area Plan

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Published by Bill Franklin
This plan describes the city’s vision for the future of the 160-acre Transit Village area and will guide long-term development of the area.
This plan describes the city’s vision for the future of the 160-acre Transit Village area and will guide long-term development of the area.

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Published by: Bill Franklin on Jun 17, 2012
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 Transit Village Area Plan
September 2007
Revised August 2010
 
2Transit Village Area Plan Boulder, Colorado
The drawing on the cover is a general characterization of the land use and transportation network concepts containedin the plan. It is intended to illustrate how those concepts could hypothetically come together, not to prescribe exactlocations or sizes of future buildings, streets, the park, plaza or other public facilities. The actual physical form of thearea will evolve over 15 years or more and will not look like this illustration.
Acknowledgments
Creating this plan has been a collaborative effort, made possible through the dedicatedefforts of the following groups and individuals.
City Council members
Mark Ruzzin, MayorSuzy Ageton, Deputy MayorRobin BohannanTom EldridgeCrystal GrayShaun McGrathRichard PolkAndy Schulteiss Jack StoakesKen Wilson
Planning Board members
Elise Jones, ChairWilliam HolickyWilla JohnsonSimon MoleAndrew ShoemakerPhilip ShullAdrian Sopher John SpitzerRichard Sosa
Transportation Advisory Board members
Lynn Guissinger, ChairMichael DeragischSpenser HavlickKrista Nordback Jim RettewMyriah Sullivan Conroy
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members
Stu Stuller, ChairTodd Bryan Joel DavidowFrances HartoghChad JulianNorman MurphyPete Webber
Staff members
Ruth McHeyser, Acting Planning DirectorLouise Grauer, Project ManagerMichelle Allen, Housing & Human Services DepartmentAbe Barge, Planning DepartmentBrent Bean, Planning & Development ServicesRobert Eichem, Finance Department Jean Gatza, Planning DepartmentDavid Gehr, City Attorney’s OfficeLinda Hill-Blakely, Housing & Human Services DepartmentBev Johnson, Planning DepartmentHeidi Joyce, Planning & Development ServicesConor Merrigan, Planning DepartmentChris Meschuk, Planning & Development Services John Pollak, Housing & Human Services DepartmentBrad Power, Economic Vitality ProgramAvant Ramsey, Planning DepartmentSusan Richstone, Planning DepartmentRandall Rutsch, Transportation DepartmentBetty Solek, Stormwater Quality ProgramMaureen Spitzer, Parks and Recreation DepartmentDouglas Sullivan, Utilities DivisionMichael Sweeney, Transportation DepartmentElizabeth Vasatka, Office of Environmental AffairsRobin Woodsong, Planning & Development Services Jeff Yegian, Housing & Human Services DepartmentMarie Zuzack, Planning Department
Consultants
Peter Albert, San Francisco Municipal RailwayCoburn DevelopmentEconomic & Planning SystemsEDAWOZ ArchitectureShapins AssociatesStrategic EconomicsStudio TerraUrbanTransVan Meter Williams PollackWolff-Lyon ArchitectsThanks also to all of the other city staff, board members, and many members of the Boulder community whogave their invaluable time and input to help develop this plan.
 
Transit Village Area Plan Boulder, Colorado3
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Chapter 1: Vision, Goals and Objectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Chapter 2: Land Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Chapter 3: Urban Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Chapter 4: Transportation Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37Chapter 5: Transportation Demand Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43Chapter 6: Facilities and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Maps and Figures
Area Context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Future Regional Transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Planning Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Phases 1 & 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Land Use Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Development Pattern Today and Possible Future Pattern . . . . . . . . .15Land Use Prototypes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17Character Districts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Character District Boundaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21-33Regional Transit Facility Locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Rail Plaza & Transit Facilities at Bluff Street & Junction Place . . . . .29Depot Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30Street Grid Comparisons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Better Connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43Transportation Connections Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45Planning and Funding Public Facilities and Services . . . . . . . . . . . .51Parks-Retail Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Appendices
1. Existing and Future Area Transit Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .572. Bikeway and Multi-use Path Network Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .583. Connections Explanation and Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .594. Detail on TDM Core Elements and Strategies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .665. Background Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .696. Area History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .737. Public Arts Master Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .788. List of Supplemental Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
Table of Contents
Guidelines and Requirements
Character DistrictGuidelines........................20-33Stormwater Guidelines..............21 Junction Place Bridge overGoose Creek Guidelines...........23Pocket Park Guidelines.............25Transit Facility Guidelines.........26Civic Plaza Guidelines..............28Depot Guidelines......................30Streetscape Guidelines.........34-38Connections Plan AmendmentRequirements............................43Parking Criteria.........................48
Sidebars
What is an Area Plan?.................5Plan Vision..................................9Plan Goals and Objectives........11 Jobs: Population Balance...........13What is FAR?.............................1830th Street.................................35 Junction Place......................36-37Where Does TDMWork Best?..............................47Unbundling Parking..................48Transit Parking Options.............49Monitoring AlternativeMode Use...............................50
How Goals Met
Land Use...................................18Urban Design............................39Transportation Connections.......44Alternative Modes.....................50Sustainability.............................56

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