Watkins/Bennett Area Vision Study
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.
Dec. 9 Virtual Public Meeting
Join the conversation on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The virtual public meeting will include a brief presentation and plenty of time for questions and discussion. There are two ways to participate.
- Watch online: This is the ideal option for participation so you can view the presentation, listen and submit questions.
- Phone: Dial 855-436-3656 to listen. You can press *3 to ask questions live.
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 is the process?
Your feedback is critical in this phase. The County wants to know and understand the issues and desires of residents, landowners and businesses. What do you want to see this area develop as? What should be preserved? What amenities will future generations need to have an exceptional quality of life living and working in this area?
Read more about the current data including: population and employment, land use, zoning, transportation, natural features and resources of the area.
Survey coming soon!
In this phase of the process, you will interact with survey results and community feedback gathered in phase one. Alternative vision scenarios will be presented for further feedback on the individual elements of what the future community may look like.
Once this feedback is collected, a draft vision plan will be available and include preferred land use, a transportation network, goals and strategies for implementation of the future community.
With input from residents, landowners and businesses in the area, a final vision plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for approval.