The last Swansea/Elyria Neighborhood Plan was adopted in 1983. The River North Plan
(pdf, 6MB), adopted in July 2003, includes a sizeable area of Elyria between 38th Street, Interstate 70, York Street, and 40th Avenue.
Swansea/Elyria Charrette Report, issued in 1989, summarized a series of meetings that addressed various neighborhood issues with community leaders. This report updated the 1983 neighborhood plan in some needed respects such as its urban design analysis. An Economic Assessment of the Elyria/Swansea Neighborhoods was completed in 1999 by the Colorado Center
for Community Development at the University of Colorado Denver.
This report provided partial but significant new information about the area’s economic conditions.
The Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Assessment
, completed in 2003, documented the current conditions in the Elyria/Swansea statistical neighborhood in terms proscribed by Denver’s Comprehensive Plan 2000
and Blueprint Denver
, which prioritize housing, mobility, land use, environmental sustainability, and historical legacies. The neighborhood assessment found many changing conditions, needs and opportunities, and recommended undertaking a new area plan
Several environmental impact statement (EIS) processes for major new transportation have been completed or are currently being conducted in the area by other parties:
The Elyria Neighborhood Association has created vision plan (PDF) to reconnect adjacent neighborhoods, leverage transit-oriented development, promote sustainable infill development that increases livability, and encourage a walkable mixed-use community.
A new small area plan for the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods was started in 2007 as part of a grant awarded by the US EPA to the Healthy Air for Northeast Denver (HAND) partnership, a collaboration between Groundwork Denver and the City. This funding was used to bring consulting assistance to the planning process to enhance public participation and to conduct analyses beyond the usual scope of the City’s small area plans.