Windsor’s Planning Department has a busy summer ahead of them. In addition to permit approvals and development reviews, the department is working with consultants on creating a comprehensive transportation master plan that helps fulfill Windsor's transportation needs, identifies opportunities for improvement, and provides a balanced multi-modal network for the public to use and enjoy.
Residents and business owners are invited to provide input that will be collected and incorporated into the plan on Tuesday, June 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Windsor-Severance Fire Station #1, 100 N. 7th St.
In addition to public feedback, the plan will build upon several existing documents. As an example, the Colorado Department of Transportation hosted a public open house in March and gathered input on regional connectivity, specifically related to Highways 257 and 392. Data from the CDOT event will be incorporated into to the town’s transportation plan. There’s also information from the 2017 Roadway Improvement Plan, the Northern Colorado Regional Transit Study, and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan that will be considered during the plan’s development.
When it comes to transportation, there’s a lot happening simultaneously with the creation of the new plan. Projects such as designing 7th and Main St. intersection enhancements, improving traffic flow and mitigating safety concerns at 7th St. & New Liberty Rd. with the installation of a roundabout, and designing widening improvements at State Hwy. 392 and Larimer Cty. Rd. 5 are among the few examples of major transportation projects currently in progress.
As Windsor’s growing economic base, location, and high quality of life have attracted a substantial amount of residential and commercial development over recent years, there’s much more work that needs to be identified and considered while we’re planning for the town’s future. That’s where resident participation is key.
In addition to the public meeting, staff and consultants have begun talking to residents during high-profile local public events to gather ideas. To further reach the community, a brief survey has been posted online.
According to Planning Director Scott Ballstadt, “We want residents and business owners to provide as much input as possible, so if they can attend a meeting, complete the survey, stop and talk to us at a public event, and provide ideas and opinions on our social media pages, it would all be used to help us create the best plan for Windsor’s future.”
“The plan isn’t just going to focus on vehicular traffic,” Ballstadt points out. “When we talk about transportation, we’re talking about walking, biking, traveling by wheelchair, and driving and we’re looking at sidewalks and trails, minor town side roads and major highways that connect us to other communities. We want this plan to be all encompassing or at least get as close to it as possible.”
The Town of Windsor is working with transportation planning consultant Fehrs and Peers, which has offices in Denver, to collect information and develop the final document with a goal of final plan adoption next March.
For more information about the Transportation Master Plan process, to see the project timeline, and to access the online survey, visit windsorgov.com/transportation.