Planning

Common Land Surveys Available From EVstudio in Colorado

by evstudio July 14, 2014

EVstudio has a Colorado Professional Land Surveyor as part of our team and provides a variety of surveys to meet our clients’ needs. Four of the most commonly requested surveys are improvement location certificates, land survey plats, improvement survey plats and ALTA/ACSM surveys. IMPROVEMENT LOCATION […]

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A Bump-Out for Traffic Calming and Storm Water Management

by John W. Olson May 20, 2014

Bump-outs (also known as “curb extensions“) have become commonplace in many subdivisions across the country.  They are also common in the existing neighborhoods as a means of traffic-calming.  The purpose is to provide an additional element in protecting the vehicles parked on the street and enabling shorter, […]

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Jefferson County Height Restriction

by Sean O'Hara May 20, 2014
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Jefferson County, Colorado has changed the way that they look at building height effective May 20th, 2008. This is the first change in this definition since 2002. Its a little hard to explain so hopefully I’m allowed to post this graphic from the Zoning Resolution. […]

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Streetscape Brick Paver Considerations

by John W. Olson April 23, 2014

The Incorporation of pavers in a Streetscape is a great way to economically break up the monotony of a sidewalk. Even a single band of brick pavers can go a long way to incorporate elements of the architecture into the landscape. The Country Club Plaza […]

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Douglas County Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control Process (DESC)

by Wesley Cordes February 28, 2014

Douglas County Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control (DESC) is a program integrated into Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control (GESC) that provides compliance with environmental and construction regulations and activities. A Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control permit will provide compliance with all Federal, State, and local […]

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CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Initiatives

by Sean O'Hara February 23, 2014

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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Planning for Housing and Community Development

by evstudio January 31, 2014

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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The Neighborhood Unit: How Does Perry's Concept Apply to Modern Day Planning?

by John W. Olson December 7, 2013

False interpretations of Perry’s concept have conceived segregation of land uses, further validating the modern-day road classification system and unfortunately created an auto-centric society in today’s first ring and outward suburban communities.

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How to Avoid Master Plans that Collect Dust – Public Participation

by John W. Olson December 2, 2013

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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A Bicycle City Requires Bicycle Infrastructure

by John W. Olson November 18, 2013

Many communities are not currently structured to support everyday cycling.  However, in a lot of instances it can be as simple as evaluating the importance of vehicular lane width and the approach of just adding paint.  Cities along the Front Range of Colorado have bicycle-friendly […]

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

by evstudio November 14, 2013

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not […]

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John Olson from EVstudio – Interview on CNTV

by EVstudio AEP October 2, 2013
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John Olson, the director of our Colorado Springs office, was recently interviewed by CNTV. This is the video where he talks about the firm history and our approach to our projects small and large. John’s a planner and landscape architect and there are also some […]

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