• Grizzly Gulch Maintenance Inventory

    Logan Simpson conducted a Class III cultural resources survey and documentation of 235 acres for the Utah Division of Oil Gas and Mining (UDOGM) in the Grizzly Gulch area of northern Utah. The survey was split between two Areas of Interest (AOIs) and serves as a guide to understand the scale and scope of recording efforts. Logan Simpson recorded all cultural resources encountered to USFS and SHPO standards and prepared NRHP recommendations for identified sites. Due to the extensive historic mining landscape, Logan Simpson recorded each AOI as single, extensive site. The survey resulted in updating two previously recorded sites and one newly recorded site with over 500 historic mining features. The sites contain hard rock mining- and habitation-related features and represent extensive mining landscapes. Logan Simpson also performed re-photography of historic images to compare changes in the built and natural landscapes. A technical report was prepared including NRHP eligibility and AMRP cultural resource management recommendations for all identified cultural resources.

  • Fairfax Park

    This public urban pocket park was constructed in the middle of a redeveloped mixed-use, higher density block. Features in the park were designed to meet the multi-generational needs of adjacent residents based on an extensive public engagement process. Park amenities will include a splash pad, custom shade structures, and a unique urban play structure centered in the park. Surface drainage and runoff will be filtered through a bioretention planter medium before being released to downstream storm drains. The University of Colorado Denver partnered with Logan Simpson to prepare baseline data that can be used to measure the performance of the park after its construction.

  • Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area Cultural Survey

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife contracted with Logan Simpson to conduct a Class III cultural resources inventories for vegetation thinning to support wildlife management activities at the Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area. The 1,535 acre project area includes 1,015 acres administered by the State of Colorado and 520 acres by the Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. Services may include: prescribed burning of mountain scrub land and aspen habitats; mechanical mulching/thinning of mature mountain scrubs; clearcutting decadent aspen stands to promote regeneration of young aspen trees; interceding diverse custom seed mixes to provide diverse wildlife forage; prescribed burning as follow-up maintenance; and aerial herbicide applications to control weeds and scrub regrowth. The project is considered a federal undertaking subject to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The inventory resulted in the recordation and evaluation of 5 prehistoric and historic sites and 7 prehistoric isolated finds.

  • Summit County Open Space Plan and Comprehensive Plan

    Logan Simpson prepared the first update of the Summit County Open Space & Trails Master Plan since 1996. The previous Plan focused on land acquisition for a newly conceived program; the new Plan guides the acquisition, trail development, maintenance, and resource management into the next decade to proactively address challenges and adapt to change. It provides policy guidance on open space, trails, and other outdoor recreation topics across jurisdictional boundaries. This Plan works with the Countywide and Basin Master Plans to reflect the community’s vision for open space and trails throughout the County. It is focused on non-developed, nature-based recreation and provides guidance to federal, state, and local agencies that collaborate with Summit County, with each able to set its own policy on lands under their respective jurisdiction. The planning process integrated partners, land managers, resource interests, and recreation stakeholders to address acquisition, stewardship, and visitor priorities. Multi-lingual in-person and online public input was a driving force in the development of this Plan.

  • Frisco Bay Marina Master Plan

    Logan Simpson developed the vision and master plan for the Frisco Bay Marina on Lake Dillon. The plan, which was approved in July 2018, is a community-supported guide for the Town to implement components of the design as funding allows. Short- and long-term goals and implementable actions include making the park an extension of Main Street and addressing connectivity and access concerns around the waterfront. The marina’s capacity will be expanded to accommodate all types of boating, and recommendations were made to both activate and support year-round uses. In addition, actions were outlined to enhance and restore the ecology at the shoreline and overall site.

  • Uniquely Driggs Comprehensive Plan, Idaho

    Located between the Tetons and the Big Hole Mountains, Driggs has a thriving community of 1,800 residents. Logan Simpson developed a comprehensive plan update with a primary focus on health, with opportunities to improve health in the built environment integrated in to every element of the document. The boom and bust tourism economy has impacted Driggs since the 2008 recession, which led to several platted and unbuilt lots resulting in a housing shortage.  Logan Simpson and our team of consultants took a targeted approach to reviewing multiple housing program options to find solutions for workforce housing and supporting a balanced economy.

    As an inter-city airport, the land use component of the plan needed to take into account all of the ITD requirements in regard to crash and transition zones. Close coordination with the Driggs Airport Board was necessary to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, and to ensure continued operation and expansion of airport operations and associated industry, as residential uses continue to encroach upon the boundary. The Airport Master Plan was completed by the Board, and in tandem with the Comprehensive Plan in order to ensure consistency in these regulations and vision.

    Incorporation of health metrics and a focus on dedicated Hispanic outreach for the Uniquely Driggs Comprehensive Plan helped the project to win a 2020 Western Planner Rural Innovation Award. Outreach to minority communities were a focus of the plan. Through bilingual outreach materials, working with the Hispanic Resource Center, and meeting with middle and high school students, the project team proved to be highly successful in reaching the historically under-represented population.

    WINNER of the 2020 Western Planner – Rural Innovation Award

    The Plan highlighted the thoughtful housing approaches, pragmatic focus on infill, and sensitivity to critical habitats and neighboring jurisdictions. “It’s a plan that I will examine to provide ideas to other communities I work with and in addition I appreciate the thoughtful approaches for a beautiful place.” – Paul Mobley, AICP, PCED, The Western Planner

  • South of the River Subarea Plan

    The South of the River Subarea Plan presents a unique opportunity to support desired development patterns featuring a riverfront mixed-use activity center, surrounded by varied residential densities and connected by thoughtfully designed roads, trails, and paths. This detailed process includes a subarea plan and a detailed conceptual plan for a mixed-use activity center, vetted through stakeholder, and public engagement, traffic modelling, and floodplain analysis to ensure feasible and development that matches the intent and purpose of the subarea. The final plan will include a detailed subarea plan with illustrative sketches, visual simulations, and a strategic implementation guide. In addition, the Logan Simpson team will develop code overlay and text modification recommendations to ensure realization of the vision from the subarea plan.

    The subarea plan will provide a higher level of detail than the Com­prehensive Plan could, with specific detail for development at Star Road and along the Boise River in order to plan this area as the new downtown for Star.

  • Pagosa Springs Land Use Development Code Update

    The Logan Simpson team is working with the Town of Pagosa Springs to update the Pagosa Springs Land Use Development Code (LUDC). Pagosa Springs has experienced an uptick in growth over the past five years growing from approximately 1,800 residents in 2015 to 2,147 in 2020. With a well-established downtown, medical center, regional airstrip, outdoor recreation, and the popular hot springs, Pagosa Springs is quickly becoming a desirable place for people and businesses to establish. In order to continue to encourage development in a way that is respectful of the community vision as set forth in Pagosa Springs Forward, Comprehensive Plan, the current Land Use Development Code (LUDC) is being updated to streamline application processes and better address housing attainability, short term rental impacts, parking, environmental protections, and general design standards throughout the code. Additional topics up for discussion include stormwater management, solar priorities, electric vehicle charging, and low water landscaping.

  • Ketchum Historic Preservation Plan Update

    Logan Simpson worked diligently with City Staff to expedite drafting of an interim historic preservation ordinance to enact baseline regulations and protections while a permanent ordinance with incentives and design guidelines is developed. The interim ordinance was developed with the input of many community stakeholders – including historians, developers, architects, real estate agents, and members of the community – through online surveys and small group meetings. Logan Simpson is currently working with the City of Ketchum to develop a permanent historic preservation ordinance, historic design guidelines, and a preservation handbook with preservation incentives.

  • Jackson Teton County Growth Management Plan

    Logan Simpson worked with the Town of Jackson and Teton County on the Growth Management Program (GMP) Review and an update to the forward-thinking 2012 Comprehensive Plan, previously completed by Logan Simpson staff Bruce Meighen and Megan Moore. The area is located on the edge of Yellowstone and includes the Town of Jackson and many smaller communities. The GMP Review was an in-depth statistical and community-based check-in on how the plan has been functioning over the last seven years and allows the team to systematically revise the plan through the identification of corrective actions necessary to better implement its vision. For this update, tasks have included an overall audit of the plan, using a three-tiered priority rating system based on seven years of indicator data, trend analysis, and an outreach campaign to understand the community’s perception. Looking back, the Plan shifted growth from rural areas into complete neighborhoods (over 60% into complete neighborhoods) and resulted in thousands of units of new workforce housing (over 65% of people who work in Jackson/Teton live there). Our work developing the Character Districts, Code, and Housing Action Plan has ensured growth is directed to the correct places. Fundamental changes to the Plan will be a limit on greenhouse gases, no new single-occupancy lane miles constructed, and an environmental keystone indicator. The Plan update process can be found at http://www.jacksontetonplan.com/315/Growth-Management-Program-GMP-Review-Upd, and the overall plan is located at http://www.jacksontetonplan.com/270/Comprehensive-Plan.