The Littleton City Council has approved an overhaul of the city’s comprehensive plan, the document that helps guide development.
The council voted 7-0 for a document that outlines a vision for the city’s future and for where it needs to focus its efforts to get there.
The old comprehensive plan was created in 1981 and last updated in 2000. The new plan sets out four goals and three areas to highlight, including an increased focus on the South Platte River; creating more recreation areas for an active population; and using the new plan as a guide to future land-use decisions.
While the comprehensive plan lays out a vision for development, the nuts and bolts of how the city will develop are left to the individual neighborhood plans, Glen Van Nimwegen, the city’s director of community development, said before the vote on Jan. 21.
The comprehensive plan has placeholders where the new neighborhood plans will go once finished.
The next step for the city is to revisit neighborhood plans, which address specific needs and goals for development. The comprehensive plan addresses which plans need to be rehauled first.
Councilman Jerry Valdes proposed, and the council approved, increasing the focus on creating a new Broadway corridor study and a new neighborhood plan for the Progress Park neighborhood in the northeast section of the city.
Several residents spoke out against the lack of specificity in the plan during public comment and asked for the vote to be delayed. The absence of details in the comprehensive plan had been a point of contention in public hearings as it made its way through the city’s Planning Board last year.