SE Group worked with the Town of Silverthorne Colorado on several initiatives to revitalize and re-energize the community. While the Town knew it needed to update its Comprehensive Plan, it wanted this effort to focus the Town Vision for creating a new, vibrant town center. With this in mind, SE Group began formulating an engagement and analysis strategy that allowed the prioritization and exploration of ideas and policies associated with the new urban fabric (form, materials, uses, densities, connectivity), while addressing some of the real barriers for integration (market, state highways, river access).
The Blueprint Silverthorne framework has enabled significant public input and established parameters for next steps, including updates to zoning and determination of community inputs (infrastructure) to support the nascent downtown. The plan was finalized and quickly adopted in May 2014, and in 2015 the Town began implementation of the Comprehensive Plan policies by adopting revised Design District Standards and Guidelines for the Town’s six commercial districts. Additionally, construction of a new performing arts venue located along the Blue River was completed in 2017 and will serve as the community’s arts and cultural epicenter.
The Town used this momentum to move quickly into another planning process and develop the Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan.