SITE PLANNING ANALYSIS

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Revolution Advisors was retained by Douglas County Community Development Department to identify and analyze economic development and land use opportunities for a 90-acre parcel of land located in a strategic area of the County that was one of the last developable parcels in that area. The parcel included multiple land owners and multiple community groups with diverse ideas about how the parcel should be developed, so the analysis had to balance the needs of these stakeholders. The project was also intended to serve as a pilot for how the development review process could be enhanced.

Opportunity

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.

Approach

The Situation

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.

Result

The Outcome

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