Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Public Presentation: Ned Community Center – Site Development Plan

Location: 750 Colorado 72, Roosevelt National Forest, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Site Plans Available at the Community Center Web Page
On Saturday afternoon January 11, 4:30-7:00pm, consultants to the Community Center Site Plan Committee will present three concept plans for developing the Community Center site over the next 20-30 years. The public is invited to view the plans and give feedback. Food will be provided so that people can stay until the Back Door Theater movie starts. All comments and questions will be recorded and used to help select a final concept plan. 

A Concept Plan shows generally how the facility and the site might be developed, in phases, over the next 20-30 years, without any specific design details. It includes planning for energy savings and financial estimates. The three concept plans to be presented January 11 have different features, but all of them include:
  • Replacement of the West Wing with a building situated near the highway
  • Redesign or relocation of the access driveway, possibly by way of Forest Road
  • Re-engineering the whole hillside behind and beside the main buildings to control storm-water runoff and prevent flooding.
The Committee and the consultants have NOT tried to anticipate specific uses for the building space, since tenants and uses have changed and will change frequently over the years. We have, however, considered moving Town Hall functions to a new building on site.

The Community Center Site Plan Development Committee was appointed by the Nederland Board of Trustees (BOT) in February 2013.
Planning Worksession with the Community Center Foundation Board and Nederland Board of Trustees
The committee includes: Dale Porter (chair); Roger Cornell, Jen Davis, trustee Ledge Long, Marylou Harrison, Linda Glasser, and town administrator Alisha Reis. The committee reviewed all previous site plans, west wing ideas, Envision 20/20, Master Trails Plan, the new town comprehensive plan, and the developing town Infrastructure Master Plan. The Board of Trustees hired Workshop8, JVA Engineering, and Norris Design to consult with the committee. A first set of concept plans underwent a thorough discussion. After the public presentation on January 11, a final plan will be drawn up, with development phases and financial estimates. This plan will be submitted to the Nederland Board of Trustees at its February 18 meeting.


Our consultants will provide cost estimates for each phase of development, but of course those estimates may change depending on future rates of inflation. So we don't know yet how much this will cost. It will be paid for over 20-30 years in stages. 

Currently the Community Center operates with a 0.75 % (3/4 of one percent) sales tax that voters approved in 1997 and 2002. It lasts until 2023. That funding covers normal operations: it does not include any money for drainage and flood control, parking, new buildings, renovation or landscaping.

For each phase of the Site Plan, the Town and the NCC Foundation will be seeking funds from state agencies and Colorado foundations that have helped us in the past. The Town may also seek a renewal and/or increase of the sales tax before 2023.

Current versions of the three concept plans to be presented January 11, and can be found at the bottom of this notice on the Community Center website here. (Or go to the Community Center website and look to the links on the left side and click on "Site Plan.") Comments on the plans may be emailed to

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