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The 2040 Plan 

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan (referred to as the Plan) outlines the community's vision for the future through a framework of goals and policies that support a thriving and healthy community comprised of great neighborhoods. The Plan is meant to be a living document that is updated over time to respond to changing conditions and the evolving needs of the community.

The Plan is one of a group of long-term planning efforts to create the framework for the future of Westminster. Five partner plans were developed in association with the Plan and are integral to achieve the city's Vision: Parks, Recreation and Libraries Plan; Transportation and Mobility Plan; Sustainability Plan; Water Supply Plan; and a sixth project - Unified Development Code - to update municipal codes relative to development to ensure the goals and policies of the Westminster Forward plans are actionable relative to land development. All parts of the Plan, in conjunction with partner plans, work together towards the realization of the city's vision for the future.

The Plan was adopted by City Council on March 27, 2023. 

Plan Cornerstones

  1. Thriving City
    1. Distinctive city with a strong identity/be bold, innovative, and different
    2. Vibrant community with a diverse, healthy economy/resilient local economy/financial sustainability
  2. Healthy Places
    1. Integrated parks and open space system/embrace the outdoors
    2. Safe and healthy community
  3. Great Neighborhoods
    1. Well-designed, attractive neighborhoods/distinct neighborhood pride
    2. Balanced housing mix
  4. Managed Growth
    1. Employment development to support a resilient economy
    2. Multimodal transportation system/connectivity, accessibility and safety
    3. Environmental stewardship and water resource management/feasibility of infrastructure and service costs (water and sewer)

Neighborhood Units

The remaining land inventory in the city is dominated by smaller parcels bypassed by previous developments. New development typically begins with the initial site planning and subdivision design with cost and unit yield being critical considerations. The neighborhood unit concept provides a context for considering the appropriateness of new development within the existing neighborhood fabric. Neighborhood units are primarily low density housing with a park or similar civic space as a focal point. Certain key edge locations may also support a mix of uses in cases where neighborhood services, infrastructure, and transit is available.

Graphic rendering of neighborhood unit