Repositioning Wheat Ridge - Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy (NRS) Update 2018-2019

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. (Scroll down for more historical information about the report.)

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. 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. In early 2018, City Council agreed that it is time to update the NRS to determine what the City wants to be today and into the future.

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.

2005 NRS Report Recommendations

The three recommendations of the 2005 report are:

Revitalization Process Objectives

The City's objectives in the 2005 revitalization process were:
  • Strong households
  • More homeowners
  • Growing existing businesses
  • Adding new businesses
  • Attracting shoppers

Revitalization Resources


Visit the Localworks website for the current activities and updates.