2018/19 Update of the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS)

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About the Update

In 2005, City Council adopted the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Report, Repositioning Wheat Ridge, and adopted its findings and recommendations as guiding principles for revitalizing the City.  The strategies and recommendations contained in the NRS were focused on leveraging the City’s strengths and addressing its challenges to assist in returning the City to a vibrant community with a healthy housing market and the thriving commercial centers needed to generate fiscal stability. The NRS represented a community conversation, and consensus, about the City’s competitiveness in the early 2000s and what to do about it. More information on the original process and report is here.

Most would acknowledge that Wheat Ridge has changed after 13 years and continues to do so, even if feelings about the nature of the City’s development are not uniformly shared. Based on these changes and the passage of time, City Council agreed in early 2018 that it is time to update the NRS to determine what the City wants to be today and into the future.

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  • Please take and share our survey!  Your feedback is vital to the recommendations of the NRS Update and to the future of the City.  The survey will be available until March 1.  Download a flyer to email and share.
  • Survey responses will be shared at a series of open houses during the week of March 18, 2019. Check back for dates and details.
  • Meeting content from the December 12, 2018 open house is posted below.

Between 2005 and 2018, a number of things transpired which now place Wheat Ridge in a very different position:

  • The City took seriously the recommendation of the NRS and faithfully pursued its implementation.   
  • The metro area went through a historically exceptional period of demographic and economic growth, which had spillover effects in Wheat Ridge.
  • The City experienced half a generation of demographic turnover, with some households leaving and new ones arriving. 

In many ways, the central question in a Wheat Ridge revitalization strategy today is less “how do we compete?” than “how do we make the most of the assets we have resurrected, nurtured, invested in, grown, and must now optimize?”

To work on answering that question, and many others, the City has retained czb, one of the firms that partnered in writing the 2005 Repositioning Wheat Ridge report. The City Council has also appointed a project Steering Committee to oversee the effort. Working together, the consultant team and the Steering Committee will pursue a mixed method approach of data analysis and community engagement to develop a strategy for the continued vibrancy of Wheat Ridge and its neighborhoods.

The project began in July of 2018 and is scheduled to conclude in May of 2019. Project updates will be posted here as they happen.

Phase 1 Public Engagement Process

The Committee met four times with czb and staff during this phase between July and December 2018. They self-organized into five teams and convened small group “kitchen table” meetings to engage the public in peer-to-peer community conversations. The idea behind these meetings was that they were small, honest, and open discussions like a family or group of friends or neighbors might have around a kitchen table. In the first round of engagement, these meetings asked participants, "What would you change and what would you keep the same in Wheat Ridge?"

In the second round of engagement, the citizen Steering Committee hosted additional small group meetings in October and November 2018 to obtain public input on two hypothetical scenarios as a means to understanding what the community values about Wheat Ridge and how it weighs costs and benefits of public decision making.

In the third round of engagement, a public open house was held on Wednesday, December 12 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center.  Meeting content, including the boards and handouts, are provided below.View of December 12 2018 Public Open House

Additional Information

Project Newsletters:

Other Resources:

For questions about this process, contact Planning Manager Lauren Mikulak at lmikulak@ci.wheatridge.co.us.