Douglas County is a rapidly growing community in the Denver Metropolitan Area, about 40 miles south of Denver. Douglas County’s population is 308,000 with about half of its residents living in the County’s five municipalities. 59% of the population lies within the unincorporated area of the County. With a growth rate of over 4% a year, the County had a strong interest in development options that respect infrastructure limitations, responds to the need to accommodate future growth without comprising community quality of life and natural resource protection goals.
Revolution Advisors applied our proprietary economic scenario modeling approach and tool to conduct a development options analysis for the site. This analysis focused on carefully balancing the needs and interests of the landowners, the community, and the County – all of whom had significant stake in the development direction. Our analysis and facilitation provided a platform for consensus among stakeholders and the development of detailed site plans. It also served as a model for how the development review process could be enhanced.
Our unique planning approach allowed us to deliver results that were not only economically viable, but also delivered on important noneconomic community goals and values. The following activities were undertaken as part of this process:
- Site options that met the diverse goals of the landowners, the community, and the County
- Site plans that integrated economic, civic, and recreational uses while creating a unique character that would be a regional destination
- Development of project options that worked within financial, infrastructure, and community constraints
- Recommendations to streamline and improve the County Development Review process