• Don’t Postpone – Pivot!

    “What should we keep moving forward with, and how?” is one of the most common questions clients ask us during COVID-19. This is especially difficult because the present pandemic impacts so many fundamental aspects of our life: our health, our psychology, our relationships, our schedules, and our household and organization’s pocketbooks.  While it is tempting to postpone meetings and milestones, it is better to embrace alternative facilitation and delivery options to ensure projects continue to move forward and stakeholders remain informed.

    You know that initiatives require buy-in to become a reality, so how can you promote understanding and help people feel heard during the new normal—especially when your agency has been a late adopter of emerging technologies?

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  • Goodyear’s Wellspring Park

    Promoting Health and Wellness in a World-Class Facility

    Logan Simpson worked closely with the City of Goodyear, Arizona and Goodyear residents to develop a master plan for a landmark park focused on health and wellness. With few constraints beyond the charge to develop a world-class facility, the design grew organically, based on the site itself and the input of the city, stakeholders, and the public. In the end, a great number of alternatives and strategies converged to create a visionary design that captures the imagination, will catalyze investment, and will inspire patrons, donors, and contributors eager to see the park become a reality. The goal is for Wellspring Park to be compared to other great parks that have shifted paradigms and perceptions―places like Central Park, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and The Highline. These parks are keenly focused on the need for people to connect with urban nature for the benefit of their health and well being.

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  • West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy Published

    Logan Simpson’s Community Planning Team facilitated the development of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy.  The Strategy represents the first time communities within the two-county area collaborated to develop an action-oriented, regional plan that nurtures a diverse economy while honoring the area’s socio-economic heritage. …

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  • West Box Elder Resource Management Group’s work recognized by Public Lands Foundation

    The Public Lands Foundation presented the West Box Elder Coordinated Resource Management Group with its 2013 Landscape Stewardship Award. The Foundation grants this recognition to honor private citizens and organizations that work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include, in whole or in part, public lands administered by the BLM.

    As the Public Involvement and Project Planning lead, LSD led extensive community-based scoping that included face-to-face meetings with stakeholders as well as several facilitated community meetings. In these meetings, residents discussed challenges and conflicts, helped articulate desired future conditions, and built the framework for prioritizing goals for resource management across the landscape.

    The West Box Elder Group is actively engaged in landscape management projects in northwestern Utah.  The lands included in their planning and project area are some of the most productive and critical sage grouse habitat lands in the Great Basin ecosystem. The landscape includes a balanced mix of BLM lands, state lands and private property, with planning and project execution crossing boundaries to implement logical management projects.

    Over the last two years, the Group has worked together as an effective response to the need for landscape level planning and project implementation in a critical region of the Great Basin.

    Click here to read the full plan.

  • Logan Simpson’s “Our Lands – Our Future” Study Wins Colorado ASLA Land Stewardship Award

    community planningThe Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects awarded the Land Stewardship Award to LSD’s “Our Lands – Our Future: Recreation and Conservation Choices for Northern Colorado” conservation study at their annual ceremony December 12. Our Lands – Our Future was the only project to receive the award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the stewardship of Colorado’s landscape and its sustainability.

    For the first time in Colorado, all of the local governments in a county engaged in a comprehensive study on  land conservation and nature-based recreation to evaluate successes, potential improvements, and existing gaps. The regional conservation study used extensive public outreach, an interactive GIS website, and dedicated engagement by nine partner agencies  to produce  a plan that shapes the vision of open space conservation in Larimer County.

    Logan Simpson Design’s landscape architecture and planning team provided the public involvement framework and analysis, coordination, and report for this unique regional conservation study. Working with project partners, four broad goals were developed: Conserve working farms and ranches; Create regionally-significant recreation opportunities; Protect natural resource and wildlife areas; and Enhance urban settings with open space and trail systems.

    This is the first time that all of Larimer County’s municipalities joined together to develop effective tools to manage diminishing open space resources. Over 4,200 citizens provided feedback on key choices: Which types of land and recreation should be provided? Where? What emphasis should be given to each type of open space? How should open space tax dollars be allocated? How should public funds be obtained for continued land conservation and recreation? The level and quality of partnerships in Colorado is unprecedented in this area, and the Our Lands – Our Future report capitalizes on those relationships.

    The combined county-wide and jurisdictional-specific needs assessment, opportunity maps, financial models, and citizen priorities in Our Lands – Our Future will help conservation partners and public land managers ensure that investments are strategic, cost-effective, and representative of community values. In updating their respective master plans, local governments will save land managers time and effort by using this study as a starting point.

    Read the final report here.

    Our Lands Our Future

    Seventeen projects took home an award at the ASLA Colorado 2013 Professional Design Awards and holiday celebration in Denver.

  • Logan Simpson Design Assisting Colorado Springs Utilities with Natural Resources Consulting

    Pikes Peak WatershedLSD is part of a team of consultants selected to provide natural resources consulting services to Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU). Previously, key LSD staff worked with CSU to develop a plan for public use in the Pike’s Peak watershed, an area that had been closed to use for over a century. The plan provided for recreational use combined with resource protection strategies and monitoring to assure that water quality and other important resource values were maintained and enhanced.
    LSD will provide similar services through this new contract with a focus on recreation and trails planning as well as the conduct of environmental assessments and related studies.

    CSU, a municipal utility, provides electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region.

  • Community Values Form the Basis for Parks and Open Space Planning

    Jana McKenzie, FASLA, LEED-AP

    Jeremy Call, RLAAs the recession loosens its grip, cities and counties are putting deferred maintenance and capital projects behind them and strategically positioning themselves for future growth by investing in parks and open space. Compelling community planning visions are built upon shared values of community identity, community health, and—while some may shy from this word—community happiness. Communities can leverage their parks and open space system to help enliven old neighborhoods and commercial areas, attract and retain employers, improve safety, and overall physical and economic health….

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  • Logan Simpson Selected for Arvada Comprehensive Plan Update

    Logan Simpson was selected by the City of Arvada to provide planning consulting services for a comprehensive plan update. Arvada is a mid-sized city of 110,000 in the Denver metro area, with four light rail stops under construction and an authentic Olde Town that is poised for a renaissance. The updated plan will help guide the City in making decisions and establishing its future direction. After awarding Logan Simpson the comprehensive plan, the City added a sole source feasibility study for the Wadsworth Boulevard Cultural Corridor. Logan Simpson’s team includes Fehr+Peers (multi-modal transportation) and BBC (economics and housing). Watch Today in America’s 2012 tour of Arvada with Terry Bradshaw.

  • Teton County Community Planning Wins APA Award

    The American Planning Association recently awarded the Teton County Comprehensive Plan the Idaho Public Outreach Award.  The plan was completed by a team including LSD and Harmony Design & Engineering.

    Teton County is an undiscovered gem on the western slope of the Teton Range with breathtaking mountain views, pristine resources, a friendly community and world class outdoor recreation opportunities.  From 2000 to 2010, Teton County was one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation. However, under the previous, controversial comprehensive plan the County experienced its largest-ever development boom/bust cycle, resulting in inefficient, fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable development patterns.

    Initiated in 2011, this comprehensive plan process emphasized the opportunity to outline a new direction for the County based on lessons learned from the past and from other western communities. This process represented western, grassroots planning at its best; resulting in a landscape-based approach to development levels and incentives and an implementation framework aimed at creating actionable change and an economically resilient County.  Central to the success of the comprehensive plan was its grassroots public outreach, used a “bottom-up” approach, involving citizen committees made up of over 80 dedicated volunteers representing the breadth of community values. In addition to the citizen committees, engagement efforts included public workshops; open houses; stakeholder interviews; a mobile “plan van”; online surveys; events; landowner workshops; newspaper articles; and a dedicated website.  Through these efforts, more than 4,000 comments were received, with a significant portion of the County’s 10,000 residents participating. In August 2012, the plan was unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.

  • Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan Wins Award

    Jackson Hole Mormon BarnThe Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan, finalized with much public involvement, was awarded the Wyoming Planning Association’s Urban Planning Project of the Year.  Plan finalization, adoption, and public involvement was led by members of LSD’s Fort Collins planning and design team, prior to joining the firm.

    Jackson Hole is the southern gateway to the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. While home to 21,000 permanent residents, millions of tourists visit the area annually.  Given the international expectation of ecosystem preservation, residents have a unique obligation to promote ecosystem stewardship while managing community growth.  This comprehensive plan fulfills that obligation through a single, community vision transcending jurisdictional boundaries and mandating cooperation that focuses on successful implementation for the benefit of the entire community.

    While the community has consistently valued ecosystem stewardship, case-by-case evaluation and a discretionary approach to balancing impacts were unable to prevent an increasing percentage of development in pristine areas and a decreasing amount in developed areas.  This Plan is rooted in the ideals of sustainability—that through ecosystem stewardship, growth management and preservation of quality of life, future generations will have the same ecological, social and economic opportunities that exist today.  It is organized to be an adaptive plan, including a growth management program, a measurable approach to ecosystem stewardship, and character district plans which ensure compatibility at both the communitywide and more localized level.

    Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerece ShootoutThe team specifically designed a public involvement strategy to engage the young, working poor, Latinos, seasonal employees, and others historically left out of planning processes. At the conclusion of the process well over 1,000 participants had been involved at some point, through statistically valid surveys; stakeholder group meetings; individual meetings and interviews; group presentations; small-group “coffee shop conversations”; public, interactive workshops; public hearings; and ongoing website engagement.  More than 2,100 comments were collected and catalogued in a database that allowed the team, decision makers, and public to sort and group comments for easier analysis and review.

    Ultimately, and with broad community support, the plan was unanimously adopted by the Jackson Town Council and the Board of Teton County Commissioners in May 2012.