Value for Taxes

Vibrant Community and Neighborhoods

Align Amenities

Due: December 2022

Principle: Completing park projects, creating a green spine trail system while enhancing the existing trail system, and acquiring lands for open space conservation to complete gaps in underserved areas or along potential open space corridors.

Description

To ensure alignment of the Parks Master Plan, changing demographics, population growth and changing community expectations, the City will consider modifications and enhancements to existing programs.  A comprehensive review of programs such as Land Pursuit and Acquisitions, volunteers, events, policies and standards will be required to ensure parks, trails, open space, and amenities are aligned now and in the future.

Significance

The City continues to change in size, demographics and resource availability. Planning for strategic investments and initiatives will ensure long range resource planning support the changing community.  

Analysis

The Hometown Colorado Initiative is an annual, yearlong partnership with the University of Colorado Denver. Students bring innovative approaches to community issues and needs. Hometown Colorado’s primary value is derived from collaborations resulting in on-the-ground impacts and forward momentum on projects that enhance livability. 

Arvada will have 20+ projects put forward by City teams with faculty and students across the CU Denver campus. The expertise and enthusiasm brought to these projects will expand the City’s capacity to meet goals that they have set for future growth. 

The Hometown Colorado Project identified 24 potential sites including the Clear Creek Corridor Project.  Work  is now on focused on prioritizing available sites and comparing sites with needs identified in the Parks Master Plan. This information will be used to identify projects and grant funding opportunities. 

Work System
Performance Measures

Open Space per Capita

Description

Open Space land per 1,000 population. Estimated population based on extrapolated annual growth using Arvada 2014 Comprehensive Plan projections. 

Significance

The City offers a high amount of open space per population compared to other benchmark cities in the 2016 Park, Trail and Open Space Master Plan. However, the Master Plan recognizes population growth without commensurate open space acquisition will greatly affect open space quality and resident quality of life. The Plan recommends maintaining or exceeding 31 acres of open space per 1,000 population, a value reflecting Arvada's baseline measurement in 2016. 

The City must add approximately 58.9 acres of Open Space annually to meet this benchmark.

Key objectives include:

  • conserving land with high ecological quality, community value, and scenic value;
  • reducing fragmentation, filling open space gaps & adding to regional systems,
  • adding 500 acres of open space by 2025, including a significant open space on the east side of the City by 2020.


Analysis

Our performance target is 31 acres of open space land per 1,000 residents. This target was established during the 2016 Parks Master Plan Update. The completed Master Plan recommends maintaining or exceeding 31 acres of open space land per 1,000 residents, and meeting this target would maintain Arvada's baseline per capita measurement from 2016. 

Since 2016 we’ve fallen behind on our target. The land we have added has been due to land dedications from new development. In order to keep pace with our target we will need to invest in strategic land acquisition. To ensure that we get back on track and keep pace with our open space target, VCN is focused on a comprehensive review of programs and processes. This includes the development of a Strategic Land Pursuit and Acquisition Plan, an effort that is being led by our Housing and Urban Design Teams. 

Data Source

  • GIS data query
  • Comp Plan population estimate
  • Census Actuals



Trails per Capita

Description

Trail mileage per 1,000 population. Estimated population based on extrapolated annual growth using Arvada 2014 Comprehensive Plan projections. 

Significance

If annual progress toward targets is not made, the City's open space per population baseline will decline. Over time, the City will likely find resident satisfaction with trails declining as a direct result of overcrowding, degradation, and more. Eventually, the City's baseline trail mileage per population will fall below benchmark cities. 

Analysis

Regional trail construction completed in 2018 support the City's goals to ensure adequate levels of service; 1.3 miles per 1,000 population is currently being met. This developer-obligated trail and length of trail is an anomaly as City funding is currently not adequate enough to undertake such large projects frequently. 

Data Source

GIS data query, Site Development Plan / PDP / FDP trail measurements and Census / Comp Plan population estimate