Community shares vision for Westminster Station TOD
(Mar 15, 2012)
Approximately 150 people attended the Westminster Station Transit Oriented Development Area open house last night. Community members browsed informational stations, asked questions of city staff and provided input about the planning process for the 135-acre area surrounding the planned Westminster Station. Overall, citizens had a very positive response to the proposed concept plan. Many people expressed the need for gathering spaces and a destination within South Westminster, and were excited to see what the station and plan were going to bring to the area.
Westminster Station will be located at roughly 71st Avenue and Irving Street, and will connect commuter rail to Denver’s Union Station. The station, which is being built by the Regional Transportation District as part of the FasTracks project, is expected to open by 2016. The Westminster – Denver Union Station segment is the initial leg of the proposed FasTracks Northwest Rail Corridor that will run from Denver to Boulder and Longmont.
Building on the connectivity to the greater Denver region, the 135-acre transit-oriented development (TOD) area that surrounds the station will have significant potential for growth and redevelopment into an active, vibrant mixed-use destination. The southern portion of the TOD area will be home to the new 40-acre Little Dry Creek Park, which will be a prime amenity for the surrounding community, with recreation areas, open space, fishing opportunities and wetlands.
The planning process for the TOD area will provide a vision and framework to guide future land use, infrastructure improvements and redevelopment. The plan will include policies, development standards and design guidelines to ensure the TOD area develops into a high-quality, attractive destination within the city.
It is expected that realization of the plan vision will take 20 to 25 years to achieve, with existing uses transitioning into higher-intensity, transit-supportive uses over time and in concert with real estate trends.
The planning process is scheduled for completion in summer 2012, and the final plan must be approved by Westminster City Council and incorporated into the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan.