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Adoption of the Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan

Case: WPA-21-01
The Lutheran Medical Campus is located at 8300 W. 38th Avenue in the heart of Wheat Ridge. A new Lutheran hospital is being constructed at the Clear Creek Crossing development at the western edge of the City, and this move presents a rare opportunity to create a community vision for the future of the Lutheran Legacy Campus. The Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan is the culmination of five months of input from Wheat Ridge residents. The purpose of this master plan is to outline a 20-year vision for the property. It includes an overall development framework and detailed descriptions of the suitability of different land uses within the site. It summarizes key considerations for development within different zones of the property. It creates clear direction for future entitlements and rezonings, and it provides a menu of financing options to explore. The City’s 2009 comprehensive plan, Envision Wheat Ridge, did not contemplate a potential chance of use on the property, so adoption of this master plan is a critical next in a new chapter for the property. After a public hearing before the Planning Commission, the City Council will hold a public hearing on October 25 to make a final decision on adoption of the plan.
 This meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting and in person in City Council Chambers (7500 W. 29th Avenue) if allowed to meet in person on that date per COVID-19 restrictions. Provide public comment here on Wheat Ridge Speaks until noon on October 6 (the day before the meeting) by selecting the agenda item on which you want to comment. Refer to the meeting agenda and "how to" document to learn more about participating in the live meeting or to view the meeting live or later.   

Files

Staff Report ( 0.18 MB )
Resolution 01-2021 ( 0.06 MB )
Lutheran Legacy Campus Master Plan ( 81.63 MB )
Lutheran ( 37.59 MB )

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Online comments closed at 12:00 PM MDT 10/6/21.
The redevelopment of the Lutheran campus will have a profound effect on our city. I have found that too many people, even those who live close by, are not aware of this proposal and were not aware of the process that has gone on to date. The city needs to get in direct contact with the residents in the area and hold town meetings to get their direct input. This should be done prior to adopting any Master Plan.
October 6, 2021, 11:57 AM
Ihor Figlus
Transition zones from established neighborhoods to the east of the campus (in particular Allison Court) aren't in themselves sufficient to offset the visual impact of any new development. Even low-density homes built to the allowable height of 35 feet would loom over residences on the west side of Allison Court, in part because of the significant grade elevation between the street and the existing parking lots. What's needed is a significant buffer zone that would protect the homes--the vast majority of which are single-story ranches--from the visual and sound impact of construction that may occur (and even after the homes are built and occupied). As another commenter posted, the elevation gain of the campus itself deserves special attention by the commission. Removing existing height limits to permit multifamily dwellings in the center of the campus would in fact allow the construction of buildings that would appear to be much taller due to how the elevation increases south of the Rocky Mountain Ditch. The size of open space/parks--as well as how they may be equipped--is another important issue. The Midtown development (offered as a comparison to the legacy campus) does provide significant park space--something that will be important to attract potential buyers. Assuming that the current open space--anchored by the Rocky Mountain Ditch--will remain accessible is not a given. The West Pines area is another important consideration. Is it going to stay? A final decision may not occur until after SCL merges with Intermountain Healthcare--a deal that won't close until 2022 at the earliest. That's a big question mark. Pedestrian/bike access through the development is critical. This development cannot be an island into itself, stuffed with single-family homes and apartments/townhomes, where pedestrian/bike access is discouraged or disallowed. Whatever is constructed must be a vibrant mix: sporting commercial, retail and a variety of housing. Too often, developers promise the moon--Wheat Ridge Corners and Clear Creek Crossing the most recent examples--and deliver something that is more akin to a pile of rocks. This must not happen with the Lutheran campus. It is too important a development and its impact on existing neighborhoods cannot be overstated enough.
October 5, 2021, 2:19 PM
Chuck Moozakis
Page 4 of the Master Plan Concept contains a graphic illustrating the survey respondent’s willingness to trade more vertical density for additional community space. Page 2 of the PDF provided with this comment contains this graphic. Our comments are: 1. The WR Planning Commission needs to define the “trade-off” concept so it is prescriptive rather than descriptive. One way to do this is to define the maximum vertical height, as well as define where this exemption could occur. The final page of the Master Plan Concept contains a Height Study that begins to identify elevations. We are requesting the WR Planning Commission set the maximum vertical height to be no greater than 4 stories (~ elevation of 5,555) and define the variance will only be allowed in Zone 2 or 3. Page 3 of the PDF provided with this comment illustrates this concept. 2. Specifically and clearly define what constitutes as a “community space” in the context of the “trade-off”. For example a green strip 5’ wide x 100” long would not be a functional community space and should not be allowed. Items to be considered community space should include: significant passive/active open space, Dog Park, Art Garden, etc. We are requesting the WR Planning Commission clearly define what constitutes as a “community space” in the context of the “trade-off”. 3. Consider Midtown development (west 64th Ave and Pecos) Dog Park as an example of an active use park that allows the separation of Small and Large dogs. See Page 3 of the PDF provide with this comment for images.
October 5, 2021, 12:03 PM
Darren Henkel
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