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Planning for the future of Downtown Longmont with transit as the key catalyst

City of Longmont

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Downtown Longmont, Colorado, is to be the end-of-line station for the Denver Regional Transportation District’s 41-mile Northwest Rail line, originally set to open in 2017. However, funding issues and construction cost increases have delayed the opening of the rail system, such that RTD is uncertain about the timing – or even actual implementation – of the system. 

Our role

Despite that uncertainty, Longmont decided to move ahead with station area and transit-oriented development planning for its downtown station site with the aim of integrating an interim bus facility with early development plans, and the City chose Steer Davies Gleave to lead the effort.

We led a consultant team to develop a transit-oriented development plan for downtown Longmont, Colorado. The focus of the plan was on how transit investment can help shape the future of the area in an uncertain planning and funding environment.

How we did it

The City's challenge to Steer Davies Gleave was to create a development plan that helps extend Longmont's thriving downtown south to the quasi-industrial station area. 

The final plan developed by Steer Davies Gleave and its partners is a blueprint for the next 25 years and includes recommendations on phasing along with zoning and regulatory changes needed to help with implementation.  

It is a plan that is focused on meeting the transit oriented development (TOD) goals of the City, helping improve its tax base while conforming to community goals and values for a walkable, connected, vibrant city.

The project included recommendations on a neighborhood-friendly interim bus facility; extensive stakeholder, public ,and developer guidance; a detailed market analysis; a Strategic Transit Plan to help bolster transit services before implementation of rail service; a plan for improving pedestrian and bicycle connectivity; and detailed urban realm design guidelines to help improve the area’s overall urban form. 

The City is moving forward with the plan and has approved the new zoning for the area, the first step in ensuring its redevelopment.

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