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Small Area Plans

A small area plan is any plan that addresses the issues of a portion of the city. Small area plans can cover three different geographic scales -- neighborhood, corridor, and district regardless of the size of the area. Small area plans cover a specific geography that often has a cohesive set of characteristics.

Types of Small Area Plans:

Criteria for prioritizing areas for small area planning:

  • Evidence of disinvestment and deteriorating housing - high vacancy, unemployment and poverty rates
  • Significant change is occurring or anticipated
  • Public facilities and/or physical improvements need to be addressed
  • Opportunities for substantial infill or redevelopment are present
  • Opportunities arise to influence site selection, development or major expansion of a single large activity generator
  • Transit station development opportunities

Criteria that more specifically address the goals of Blueprint Denver:

  • Creating opportunity for appropriate development in areas of change
  • Stabilizing conditions that threaten areas of stability
  • Promoting public investment that increase transportation choice

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Blueprint Denver, the city's 2002 integrated land use and transportation plan, is currently undergoing an update as part of Denveright, a community‐driven planning process that challenges Denverites to shape how our community evolves in four key areas: land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources. As part of Denveright and other recent citywide planning efforts, the city will also update its 17-year-old Comprehensive Plan 2000 with a new, user-friendly comprehensive plan that will reflect the voice of Denver today and chart its course for the next two decades.

For more on the Blueprint update, visit

To learn more about Denveright, visit

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