Watkins/Bennett Area Vision Study

Survey & Dec. 9 Meeting Recording

SURVEYYour feedback about the study and your ideas for the future of the study are are critical, please take the 10 minute survey. 

If you missed the Dec. 9 virtual public meeting, view the recording below. You can download the visual slides here 

The area south of I-70 from Watkins to Bennett needs a vision for the future. Guided growth is important to meet the needs of future communities and residents. This long-range planning effort is recommended by the County’s Comprehensive Plan - a document that envisions what we want our County to be like in the future, and charts a course to get there. 

Your voice matters. The County wants input, feedback and information from residents, landowners and business owners to help shape the discussion and develop a vision for future land use and zoning - elements that are the foundation a community is built upon. 

Why is this study important?

The population of Arapahoe County is expected to exceed 800,000 by 2040 and this area is in the direct path of potential eastward expansion of the Denver metro area. This area also includes three different jurisdictions including unincorporated Arapahoe County, City of Aurora and Town of Bennett. All three of these jurisdictions have plans for future development that differ in extent and character. This effort will bring a cohesive and shared vision for the future of the area driven by community input and jurisdictional planning efforts. 

What are the existing conditions?

It's important to understand the current conditions in the study area including demographics, land use and zoning, infrastructure, public facilities and more. The Existing Conditions Report is used to gain insight on issues and opportunities that should be addressed in the vision study. 

What is the process?

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Alternatives
  3. Final Vision Plan

Your feedback is critical. The County wants to know and understand the issues and desires of residents, landowners and businesses. What do you want to see as this area develops? What should be preserved? What amenities will future generations need to have an exceptional quality of life living and working in this area?

Survey: take the 10 minute SURVEY to help us understand what's important to you.

Dec. 9 Public Meeting: if you missed the meeting, view it here

Read more in the Existing Conditions Report about the current data including: population and employment, land use, zoning, transportation, natural features and resources of the area.