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For over a year, community members of Lafayette have shared ideas for the future of the City. Lafayette’s new Comprehensive Plan will provide the vision and roadmap for the next 20 years, covering everything from how different parts of Lafayette may develop or redevelop, to how people will travel in the area, to planning for sustainability and the preservation of parks and open spaces.

The Draft Framework Map reflects the wide ranging input from the community, and illustrates the vision for different parts of Lafayette for the next 20 years.

All of the comments that have been provided on this Mapping Tool will contribute to the creation of the final Framework Plan for the Lafayette Comprehensive Plan.

Note: The concepts and ideas illustrated on the mapping tool are in draft form and are intended to represent general, conceptual visions of how particular areas around Lafayette may change over the next 20 years. These graphics do not constitute any formal proposals and they do not represent a binding set of graphics to govern future entitlements. Instead, these graphics are intended to represent the general vision of the community for how these areas may change in the future. More detailed planning and design would be necessary for particular areas that may change or develop over time.

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Descriptions of Potential Future Land Use Areas

Neighborhood Mixed Use areas feature places where people live, work, and play in a distinct, compact, and walkable district that provides for daily conveniences. Lafayette’s Old Town district is an example of Neighborhood Mixed Use. Typical characteristics of these areas include:

  • A balance between commercial uses and residential uses (located above, or to the side, of commercial uses)
  • They act as neighborhood centers for adjacent residential areas and are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, local and regional transit, or other non-motorized forms of travel
  • They include support or neighborhood commercial such as small retail businesses, small grocery, professional offices, and eating and drinking venues
  • They feature more prominent gathering places and destinations (including plazas, community centers, pocket parks, and other amenities)
  • They accommodate smaller scale and start-up employment opportunities as a live/work concept
  • Architecture in these areas should be unique and eclectic, yet compatible with and honor existing nearby areas

Adaptable Commercial includes existing regional retail areas, such as along Highway 287, that could evolve to include a greater mixture of land uses (including employment, office, and residential above commercial uses). These areas may retain larger retailers but also can adapt to include nearby residential. This provides greater flexibility for these areas to change as economic conditions and the ways people travel evolve. These areas include the following key features:

  • A focus on creating larger gathering places (central parks, plazas, amphitheaters, etc.) while retaining local and regional retailers
  • A blend of different land uses, with the vertically oriented residential encouraged (including residential above commercial, or live/work units)
  • Easy access to local and regional transit routes
  • Good connections (sidewalks, trails, etc.) to nearby neighborhoods, parks, and open spaces
  • Architecture in these areas could have unique and/or themed character
  • Large surface parking lots could be transformed into residential or commercial uses that provide for parking, below buildings or in parking garages

Eclectiflex includes business and light industrial parks in Lafayette, such as Vista Business Park on 120th Street, that could evolve over time as follows:

  • A greater mixture of unique land uses, such as light manufacturing ( breweries, distilleries, assembly operations, etc.), facilities for trades (like woodworking, sculpture or fine arts), offices, warehouse and storage, and entertainment and indoor recreational uses
  • Provide property owners more flexibility to redesign buildings and/or areas, as economic conditions change
  • These areas could integrate ancillary residential, such as alongside or above an artist’s studio, but not include significant or stand-alone areas of residential
  • Could include single story buildings or multiple story buildings, including different uses on different floor
  • Architecture in these areas should reflect the eclectic nature of the uses
  • Architecture should reflect the eclectic nature of Eclectiflex uses
  • These areas should include good access to nearby trails and transit

Parks include existing or planned park properties in the City of Lafayette. Park properties in Lafayette are designated as either “destination parks” or “neighborhood parks”. Examples of destination parks include Waneka Lake Park, Whitetail Park, and LaMont Does Park. Examples of neighborhood parks include Yarrow Park, Cross Ridge Park, and Silver Creek Park. Lafayette’s Parks Division maintains parks for the purposes of recreation, leisure activities, sports and leagues, or any other passive recreation purpose. Parks and Open Space properties differ in that Parks are highly maintained pieces of property, whereas Open Space land is preserved in its natural state. Park properties include features like playgrounds, athletic fields, irrigated turf, ball fields, and reservable and non-reservable picnic shelters. All parks in Lafayette are solely owned by the City and each is located within the city limits.

The City of Lafayette strives to conserve significant natural areas, wildlife habitat and agricultural lands for present and future generations. These open spaces provide opportunities for wildlife viewing, passive and leisure recreation, and spiritual renewal while fostering community environmental stewardship. Lafayette’s commitment to the Open space program is evident in our protected watersheds of Coal Creek and Rock Creek, natural and cultural resources, and the vibrant historical and organic farmsteads at Waneka Centennial Farm and Thomas Open Space.

Areas preserved as natural open space are either solely owned by the City of Lafayette or jointly owned in partnership with our neighboring jurisdictions: City of Louisville and Boulder County. A key distinction is made between “solely owned” open space and “jointly owned” open space. These areas include designated open spaces along key creek corridors area, including Coal Creek and Rock Creek, as well as various other parcels around the Lafayette vicinity. Some of the jointly owned open space properties include agricultural leases managed by Boulder County. Harney Lastoka Open Space, on the southeast corner of 95th Street and South Boulder Road, is an example of a jointly owned open space property that includes an agricultural lease. Open space also includes land that the City of Lafayette recently purchased in 2020 for permanent open space on the southeast corner of 119th Street and Baseline Road. These particular properties are known as Lowe’s Waneka and Waneka Centennial Farm. Lafayette’s Legacy sales tax of 0.25 percent is utilized for the acquisition and maintenance of open space properties including Lowe’s Waneka and Waneka Centennial Farm.

Other Open Space or Public Land includes open space land outside of Lafayette, as well as public lands such as those held in conservation.

Greenspace includes other, undesignated open areas. Examples may include detention facilities and trail corridors maintained by homeowners associations, and other non-park areas created as part of a development.

Existing residential neighborhoods in Lafayette, and other areas that may develop as residential uses of various types, in the future.

Areas anticipated to remain in agricultural / farm uses in the future.

Areas that currently include, or are planned to include, public uses such as schools, City Hall, libraries, etc.

Streets that could include improvements to landscaping, lighting, street furniture, and paving, in order to create a more attractive environment for people walking or biking.

Descriptions of Symbols on the Map

Focus areas could evolve into key destinations over time and are more likely to include the following:

  • The integration and greater concentration of different land uses (including retail, commercial / employment, residential, or entertainment)
  • Integration of community amenities and gathering places (including plazas, parks, gathering spaces, etc.)
  • Locations for potential transit stops, for local or regional transit
  • Connections to nearby open space or “green” corridors, and sidewalk and street connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods

The following photos provide examples of focus areas.

Community gateways can help convey the character and desired image of Lafayette, at key streets and trail corridors leading into the city. Community gateways can include the following elements:

  • Public art
  • Distinctive lighting and colors
  • Natural features, including trees and vegetation
  • Enhanced signage and wayfinding
  • Distinctive materials (stone, metal, wood, etc.)
  • Design that draws from the heritage and character of Lafayette
  • Design that emphasizes the eclectic, diverse, multi-cultural
    nature of the City
  • Design that incorporates humor

Neighborhood Destinations include key amenities or attractions to serve local neighborhoods or all of Lafayette. Examples include:

  • Small amphitheater for performances
  • Scenic vista overlook or gathering place
  • Recreational amenities (such as a bike shop, kayak rental, exercise areas, or playgrounds)
  • A community center
  • Parks, trails, and open space features

Green Connections include existing or potential trails and sidewalks in the Lafayette area that link different neighborhoods and parts of town. Green Connections along local streets could include trails or sidewalks with features that create a more appealing environment for multi-modal travel.

The Draft Framework Plan shows three potential new or enhanced transit corridors in the Lafayette area:

  • A potential “Bus Rapid Transit” (BRT) line following State Highway 7. The BRT line would include express service, enhanced bus stations and signage, and improved buses.
  • A potential “Bus Rapid Transit” (BRT) line following Highway 287
  • A potential commuter rail line connecting from Boulder, through Downtown Louisville, to Westminster and Denver