Development Approvals align with the Comprehensive Plan
Due: December 2021
Principle: Uses the Comprehensive Plan to guide planning, land use code decisions, development management, and informational and resource services that are delivered to residents, businesses, the development community, decision-making bodies and neighborhood partners to achieve a well-planned, aligned, sustainable, and livable community for current and future generations.
This strategic result calculates the number of approved development cases that are consistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a long range planning document which outlines future land use areas throughout the City.
The document is created with a significant amount of community input. The goal of the document is to be able to establish predicable development patterns within the City, which are consistent with the community's vision. Ensuring that development project conform with the Comprehensive Plan helps ensure that new development aligns with with overall community vision.
When the target for this strategic result is reached on an ongoing basis, we know that most development projects conform to the Community's vision of development as defined by the Land Development Code (LDC).
Projects which require changes to the Comprehensive Plan must first be approved by City Council. If City Council feels it appropriate to modify the Comprehensive Plan below the target, it will be important to go through an process to understand how those changes impact the overall Community vision.
During 2019, one Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use map amendment request was submitted. It is associated with the Colorado Tap House application (DA2019-0078). The request is to change the designation from Industrial/Office to Neighborhood/Community Commercial. The case is scheduled to be heard by City Council in February 2020.
One project out of the 136 development applications submitted during the year requested an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Therefore, 99.9% of the cases conformed to the Comprehensive Plan.
Leadership Team Recommendation: City Council's idea to create place-making in northwest Arvada has been added to this strategic result as a milestone as all development should conform with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
Comp Plan Alignment
The Comprehensive Plan has 153 policies and 184 implementation actions within it's three implementation areas. These areas include: Growth and Economic Development, Multi-Modal Transpiration, Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods. This measure helps to track the number of initiatives that have been implemented from the plan. This measure tracks the number of implementation actions have been initiated, are on-going, or complete. By completing these implementation actions, the City is close to implementing the comprehensive plan.
The successful implementation of the Comprehensive Plan requires commitment and action. The Plan's vision, goals and policies have been translated into specific projects, ongoing programs and day-to-day actions of the City. Monitoring these policies and implementation actions is essential to ensuring the success of the Plan and if the policies are being achieved. Measuring progress of the implementation actions provides information on changes that may need to be considered or how important goals are achieved.
The annual review of the projects, programs and day-to-day actions of the City and partner agencies to implement the goals and policies of the Comprehensive Plan (Plan) determined that 98% of the implementation actions were initiated, on-going, or completed in 2019. The City has exceeded this performance measure the last three years and is on target in implementing the goals and policies of the Plan. The measurement of the progress of the implementation strategies is also an important tool to evaluate the need to update the Plan and also indicates the City is on target for the 10 year update cycle of the Plan.
As part of the Comprehensive Plan this is a table that outlines all 184 implementation actions. On an annual basis, this table is reviewed and updated based on the previous year's accomplishments. The table is updated by the City's Long Range Planner and this information is presented to City Council at a workshop near the end or beginning of the year.
Development Review Turnaround Time
The development review process requires the electronic submission of project plans through TrakIT. Once a complete set of plans are received, the development review team reviews the documents to ensure compliance with the Land Development Plan, City Codes, and the Comprehensive Plan.
This performance measure counts the number of days from the submission of a complete set of plans to when comments are sent to the developer via TrakIT. The ability to provide comprehensive feedback in a timely manner is a key component of excellent customer service.
The development review process requires a balance between ensuring that development meets the standards established in the Land Development Code (LDC) and being able to provide timely services to the development community. Establishing deadlines allows the City to hold itself accountable to reasonable time frames that allows staff adequate time for review, while meeting developers expectations of a quick turnaround time.
In September, the team returned comments to the applicants within an average of 15 days. This turn around time matches the target of 15 days.
TrakIT software reports