Located in central Commerce City along the northwest border of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the historic Irondale neighborhood is home to residents, businesses, industry and more. The city is partnering with Ayres Associates to create a plan that identifies and prioritizes needed improvements to areas like roads, land use, drainage and utilities to help upgrade infrastructure in the neighborhood for the future.
Creating the Plan
Residents, business owners and their customers, employees who work in the neighborhood, and drivers who travel through it have been essential to creating a plan that works for the people who spend time in Irondale. The feedback collected since fall 2017 has been combined with research data and input from staff and city council to create the final neighborhood plan.
A total of three open houses were held to collect public feedback on the project:
November 2, 2017 - Initial comments on current issues and needed improvements in the neighborhood.
January 30 - Review of two scenarios for development in the neighborhood and initial recommendations for potential improvements.
May 16 - Final open house to share a draft of the proposed final plan and collect public comment on it.
Residents and members of the public had the opportunity to comment on the draft plan as it was presented at public hearings before the planning commission (approved on June 5) and city council (initially approved on June 18). The plan received final approval from city council on July 16, 2018.
The neighborhood includes a mix of residential properties, businesses, industrial centers and even agriculture. Change is already happening in Irondale as new development takes place, so it’s important to plan for the future of the area in a thoughtful and collaborative way. This project will create a vision for Irondale’s future to help guide growth and change in the neighborhood and make sure the right improvements happen in the right order.
Project Timeline and Process
- Fall 2017: Discover
Identify the vision for the future of Irondale and understand existing conditions
- Early 2018: Explore + Assess
Review and comment on alternatives
- Spring 2018: Implement
Structure the final plan
- Mid-2018: Formal adoption of the plan