Incorporating Religious and Institutional Uses into Neighborhoods

by John W. Olson November 4, 2015

In all neighborhoods, it is important to include a variety, or mixture, of land use opportunities. Religious institutions provide many great opportunities for a neighborhood. The most obvious asset provided is the accessibility and convenience of getting to and from the use. A religious institution […]

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Land Entitlements and Redevelopment Options for Golf Courses

by John W. Olson November 3, 2015

Recently, I faced an issue that I see becoming a common issue as the golf industry continues to decline and the costs and availability of water continues to decrease.  That issue is what to do with the excess number of golf courses that our country […]

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CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Initiatives

by Sean O'Hara October 1, 2015

I recently was part of a conversation with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s President, John Norquist, about the proposed changes to the elevated section of I-70 in Denver. He pointed us to the CNU Highways to Boulevards Initiative website. There are several great examples […]

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How to Avoid Master Plans that Collect Dust – Public Participation

by John W. Olson October 1, 2015

Too often, written documents, or master plans tend to accumulate dust without being implemented.  This can be a very frustrating process for the both the governing entity who commissions the master plan process and for the consultant who writes the master plan.  I have noted […]

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Site Study Renderings

by Kayla Harmon September 26, 2015
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For this site study, our client asked to have renderings of different design scenarios that he could use to show members of the community.  These renderings would have to show the neighbors living around the site what the development would look like completed. This would […]

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Denver to Soon Join Austin With Launch of Zonability

by Dean Dalvit August 3, 2015
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On August 1st, Zonability will be launched in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland. What is Zonability? It is a program, hosted by First American Title, that provides zoning information to the general public…in layman’s terms! So instead of trying to de-code strings of cryptic […]

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HOA Landscape Retrofit – Spacing for Planting

by John W. Olson July 23, 2015

I am in the process of retrofitting the foundation plantings for the Spring Creek Townhome Association in Colorado Springs.  The original landscape designer or landscape architect had specified plant material that did not fit the space it was given.  This is a common mistake with […]

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Landscape Urbanism: A Critique from a CNU Cardholder and Landscape Architect

by John W. Olson July 1, 2015

  Landscape Urbanism sounds like a great name that really meshes together a lot of what I believe in and do as a professional.  Landscape Urbanism is rapidly growing in popularity and I suspect this will continue as the CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) […]

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Urban Street Tree Well

by John W. Olson June 16, 2015
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The urban landscape can be a complicated environment for a successful landscape. Variables of vegetation forms, types, tolerances and aesthetics must be carefully calibrated for a successful streetscape. Also important is how the landscape can assist in storm water drainage management. We practice with a […]

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City Planner Humor – Planners Pointing

by Sean O'Hara June 1, 2015
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  Last night my wife and I had dinner with friends from graduate school at Georgia Tech. Three of them were in the city planning program with my wife Stephanie (my architecture school was just down the hall). I mentioned that as an architect one […]

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Colorado Springs Neighborhood Landscape Master Plan

by John W. Olson May 26, 2015
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We recently completed a Landscape Master Plan in Colorado Springs on the northwest side of town. The Master Plan was in response to increased water costs, maintenance concerns and as a retrofit to trees and vegetation that were inappropriately planted in the 1980′s. The Master […]

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Planning for Housing and Community Development

by evstudio May 6, 2015

This post comes from Stephanie O’Hara, Planner Analyst for EVstudio. Immediately prior to joining EVstudio she worked for Jefferson County, Colorado for 6 years in various planning roles. EVstudio looks for planning opportunities in both the public and private sector: While working at Jefferson County […]

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