Old North End Neighborhood Master Plan

Master Plan

Old North End Neighborhood Master Plan

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance February 26, 1991

click here to see maps illustrating the Master Plan

click here for a pdf file of the entire Master Plan

Summary of Objectives

General

  • Assure ONEN Plan adopted by City
  • ONEN works to implement Plan

Transportation

  • Reduce traffic safety problems, especially on arterials
  • Reduce impacts of traffic, especially from trucks
  • Mitigate impact of I-25
  • Reduce traffic to levels compatible with historic urban residential character
  • Provide convenient pedestrian/bicycle circulation
  • Provide safe pedestrian/bicycle crossings
  • Reduce impact of parking while accommodating parking needs
  • Encourage alternatives to automobile traffic
  • Restore quiet residential character of neighborhood streets

Land Use and Zoning

  • Identify appropriate uses and design criteria for all areas of the neighborhood
  • Enforce zoning regulations
  • Discourage incursion of non-compatible uses
  • Discourage density increase/allow density reduction
  • Preserve single-family character and appearance
  • Encourage restoration of historic homes to single family use
  • Identify appropriate locations and compatible forms of multi-family use
  • Discourage multi-family zoning/encourage high density zoning to change to lower density
  • Discourage change to non-residential use; identify areas/types of appropriate non-residential use
  • Continue and encourage specific small neighborhood commercial properties compatible with neighborhood
  • Encourage improvement of BonCenter and Weber commercial area
  • Encourage neighborhood and surrounding non-residential areas to uses and forms compatible with ONEN

Parks and Amenities

  • Enhance character and landscaping of center & side parkways and yards
  • Improve appearance and landscaping of parks and trails
  • Provide traditional compatible streetscape features & elements
  • Maintain adequate parks and open space
  • Provide additional parks and landscaping
  • Expand multi-use trail network available to neighborhood

Environment

  • Mitigate noise, air & visual pollution from I-25
  • Encourage reduction of air pollution in neighborhood
  • Enhance east/west view corridors and panoramic views of Pikes Peak
  • Encourage compatible quality design
  • Discourage overhead high voltage power lines from running through neighborhood
  • Encourage noise ordinance enforcement/decrease undesirable noise

Historic Preservation

  • Use incentives for historic structure restoration & renovation
  • Discourage incompatible architecture
  • Identify historic sites and structures
  • Preserve historic landscaped boulevards and tree-lined streets
  • Implement guidelines to enhance historic character
  • Assure North End and North Weber/Wahsatch historic districts have preservation guidelines
  • Promote historic preservation education
  • Include North End and North Weber/Wahsatch historic districts in City’s Historic Overlay Zone

Neighborhood Quality

  • Promote unity activities
  • Improve ONEN association
  • Continue social and cultural diversity
  • Strengthen Neighborhood Watch
  • Provide incentives for property maintenance and renovation
  • Encourage better maintenance of rental and non-residential properties
  • Promote neighborhood clean-up
  • Promote beautification and streetscape improvements
  • Establish entryways and identification for neighborhood
  • Discourage billboard, bus bench and other incompatible advertising

Public Infrastructure

  • Repair sidewalks, curbs, gutters as needed
  • Provide sidewalk curb cuts
  • Encourage maintenance & paving of alleys & unpaved streets
  • Provide traditional streetscape improvements
  • Put utility lines underground
  • Identify & construct drainage system improvements
  • Identify & construct street improvements for traffic/pedestrian safety
  • Enhance quality education programs
  • Provide safe access to schools
  • Support maintenance & improvement of school facilities
  • Improve maintenance of streets and sidewalks
  • Preserve Fire Station No. 2
  • Enforce animal control programs

Summary of Traffic-Related Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • City: Annually identify traffic safety problems on neighborhood streets.
  • Design & implement a program of strategically located traffic control devices, geometric features, and neighborhood-wide enforcement to control speeding and other traffic violations.
  • Implement intersection improvements at arterial street crossings of Madison,Del Norte and San Miguel that will identify and encourage use of these streets for pedestrian and bicycle travel. Implement intersection pedestrian improvements at arterial street crossings on Jackson, Fontanero, and Uintah and at other locations.
  • Advise enforcement authorities about locations and times of day when speeding is prevalent.
  • Install signs about signal progression speed along arterials.
  • Implement neighborhood traffic safety awareness programs to encourage reduced speeds and safe driving.
  • Implement a school crosswalk guard program.
  • Implement a neighborhood Traffic Watch.
  • Promote a “Drive 25” program on all neighborhood streets.
  • Participate in City and Pikes Peak Region roadway planning.
  • Encourage development of facilities to divert traffic around neighborhood; discourage development of facilities which bring more traffic into neighborhood.
  • Encourage upgrading of existing system around (outside) neighborhood.
  • Remove governmental obstacles to reducing traffic on Nevada.
  • Remove state highway designation.
  • Remove truck route designation.
  • Remove I-25 business route designation.
  • Oppose use of Old North End streets as official detour routes.
  • Mitigate impact of I-25 noise.
  • Measure noise levels.
  • Distribute traffic flow equally among existing arterial streets.
  • Implement signage and/or streetscaping to identify neighborhood and promote cautious driving.
  • Protect historic configuration of streets, boulevards, and parkways.
  • Create completely accessible network of pedestrian and bicycle routes through neighborhood.
  • Create multiple connecting routes between Shooks Run Trail and MonumentValleyPark.
  • Locate several major pedestrian/bicycle routes to major pedestrian locations within and adjacent to neighborhood, especially Madison,Del Norte, and San Miguel. Provide on-street bike route signage and revise bike route maps.
  • Inform public of alternative transportation modes.
  • Facilitate city-wide awareness of harmful impacts of traffic on the Old North End.
  • Improve use of alternative transportation by providing secure storage for bicycles, ride-sharing information, and improving transit routes and service in the neighborhood.
  • Reduce traffic noise with neighborhood watch, residential signage, and noise ordinance enforcement.
  • Remove truck traffic and prohibit increase in traffic.
  • Identify streets used by non-local traffic, and to work to prohibit/discourage such traffic.
  • Create pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street crossings with geometric alterations and traffic control devices at Madison, Del Norte, and San Miguel.
  • Construct handicapped-friendly sidewalks at intersections.
  • Install advisory signs at pedestrial/bicycle crossings.
  • Install crosswalk signal buttons for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Encourage commercial and institutional sites to provide sufficient on-site parking which is screened and landscaped. Discourage non-residential on-street parking. Do not displace residential areas.
  • Reduce recreational vehicle and junk car parking.

Summary of Land-Use and Zoning Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Use Land Use Plan as guide for land use in neighborhood.
  • City should review zone change requests in conformance with Land Use Plan
  • City shall not initiate changes to existing zones to conform with Land Use Plan.
  • Develop design guidelines to preserve character, scale, and integrity of neighborhood and its subareas.
  • Conduct zoning and housing code enforcement systematically.
  • Pay special attention to mitigation of unsightly and unsafe junk cars and trash.
  • Encourage neighbors to report zoning violations; use block captains and neighborhood watch.
  • Zone changes and use variances should only be allowed if compatible with scale and physical character of neighborhood.
  • Existing non-conforming land uses may remain but should not expand.
  • Expansion of non-residential uses into residential area should be prohibited. Extension and expansion of non-residential uses should be limited.
  • Mutually acceptable land uses should be determined through discussions among developers, neighborhood representatives, and the city.
  • Preserve low density residential character of western half of neighborhood and the low to low-medium density residential character of the east half.
  • Organize and promote a voluntary program of lower density zoning.
  • Maintain single-family residential as predominant land use in neighborhood.
  • Where multi-family uses occur in historic homes and predominantly single-family blocks, maintain appearance of homes and blocks as single family.
  • Encourage new development to be compatible in terms of appearance, density, height, type and bulk.
  • Encourage voluntary zone change to R-1 6000 in blocks in R-2 zone with predominant single-family use.
  • Encourage owners to occupy multi-family use historic homes; use preservation incentives to facilitate de-apartmentization of historic homes.
  • Restrict high-density multi-family use to currently existing sites only.
  • Existing lower density multi-family uses should retain forms and appearance compatible with single-family character and scale of neighborhood.
  • Develop zoning and design criteria for new multi-family uses of existing commercial areas to revitalize them.
  • Develop guidelines for use of detached cottages and carriage houses as residences.
  • Control expansion of existing commercial, hospital, and institutional uses through Land Use Plan and review by city, adjacent property owners, and planning committee.
  • Develop zoning and design criteria to guide more compatible development of existing M-1 light industrial zone area and adjacent old railroad right of way.
  • Encourage beneficial commercial uses in identified areas. Develop zoning and design criteria to guide the development and use of identified commercial areas to ensure benefits to the neighborhood.
  • Encourage traditional forms and types of mixed neighborhood office/commercial and residential use buildings in existing commercial zones. Develop detailed zoning and design quidelines for such use.
  • Promote need and benefits of revitalizing BonShopping Center and adjacent Weber commercial area.
  • Develop incentives and guidelines for redevelopment of BonShopping Center and adjacent Weber commercial area:
  • Lessen parking requirements by encouraging greater pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access.
  • Improve parkway/bicycle trail and other landscaping
  • Encourage ColoradoCollege and PenroseHospital to maintain and develop uses and forms compatible with the Old North End Neighborhood.
  • Encourage redevelopment of commercial zones north of neighborhood to uses and forms compatible with the neighborhood.

Summary of Parks and Amenities Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Maintain and protect mature vegetation; add new vegetation which is compatible with the traditional character of the neighborhood. Use native plants, flowers and shrubs which are lower in need for water. Coordinate selection of tree species with city forestry.
  • Restore and maintain the character and traditional layout and spacing of central and side parkway street trees. Coordinate with city forestry.
  • Use traditional grass lawns for publicly and privately maintained center and side parkways; with ornamental plantings for front yards.
  • Plant center median flower beds annually.
  • Continue to plant Shooks Run bicycle trail with trees and other landscaping, particularly in the BonCenter area.
  • Maintain mature character, traditional forms and diversity of landscaping in MonumentValleyPark; protect habitat for wildlife.
  • Support landscaping and enhancement of the I-25 and Monument Creek Greenway continuous along the western edge of the neighborhood. Plant a forest along the west rim of Monument Creek; add trees and vegetation to appropriate locations in MonumentValleyPark.
  • Establish neighborhood entry gateways.
  • Maintain MonumentValleyPark and BonfortePark as parks for neighborhood use.
  • Work with city to improve Shooks Run trail in a park-like manner.
  • Create and develop additional neighborhood pocket park in conjunction with SteeleSchool.
  • Encourage major non-residential users (such as PenroseHospital and BonShopping Center) to develop landscaped open spaces useable as parks.
  • Develop additional streetscape landscaping in conjunction with proposed major pedestrian/bicycle routes and improvements.
  • Connect Monument Valley Creek trail to the Shooks Run trail through the neighborhood.
  • Support expansion of the Monument Valley Creek trail system and develop a multi-use trail along the old railroad right of way on the northern boundary of the neighborhood.

Summary of Environment Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Monitor I-25 developments; communicate neighborhood concerns/desires to state and city officials.
  • Create a visual and noise screen between I-25 and the neighborhood with trees.
  • Use special improvement districts to encourage the paving of alleys.
  • Promote alternative transportation, especially pedestrian, for the neighborhood and city.
  • Support the control of air pollution.
  • Expand tree planting in the neighborhood.
  • Preserve existing westerly views down public right of ways.
  • Preserve existing mountain views from western edge of residential area and MonumentValleyPark; screen views of I-25, city yards, and industrial sites.
  • Develop guidelines for proper maintenance, rehabilitation, remodeling, new construction, landscaping, and urban design improvements.
  • Monitor development or expansion of utility lines; work to develop alternatives favorable to neighborhood.
  • Work with city to monitor noise problem areas and enforce noise ordinance.
  • Develop a supplemental enforcement strategy using residents to report violations.
  • Encourage all residents to reduce undesirable noise.

Summary of Historic Preservation Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Promote use of Federal Historic Rehabilitation and Colorado Historic Rehabilitation tax credits.
  • Encourage remodeling, repairs, and new construction to be sensitive to the historic context.
  • Develop and promote neighborhood recognition programs for historic property restoration/renovation.
  • Support Historic Preservation Board review of projects in neighborhood’s historic districts.
  • Develop neighborhood-wide design guidelines and a system of design review.
  • Support and promote the Historic Plaque project.
  • Provide signage and design features which identify and unify the historic districts. Coordinate such aspects with an overall neighborhood identity program.
  • Work with city to provide signage to indicate access to historic districts, including on approach streets and I-25.
  • Restore trees on parkways.
  • Provide entry identification for historic districts.
  • Encourage development and use of urban design guidelines (including landscaping and streetscaping) appropriate for the historic districts.
  • Promote the installation of traditional street light fixtures.
  • Use the historic preservation guidelines.
  • Include guidelines for North Weber/Wahsatch Historic District.
  • Encourage city to publish and distribute neighborhood historic district guideline books.
  • Promote neighborhood-wide historic preservation; serve as custodian for neighborhood historical data base and research assistance.
  • Work with city to include the North End Historic District and the North Weber/Wahsatch Historic District in the city’s historic overlay zone.

Summary of Neighborhood Quality Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Continue and complete the neighborhood block captain system as a means of communication among residents.
  • Encourage representation from all areas of neighborhood in ONEN.
  • Organize widespread participation in committees to implement plan.
  • Improve ONEN newsletter.
  • Provide appropriate meeting places for more frequent neighborhood meetings.
  • Provide a centrally-located neighborhood bulletin board.
  • Promote membership in ONEN.
  • Require representation on ONEN board from all areas of neighborhood.
  • Analyze and improve ONEN organization.
  • Maintain housing availability.
  • Support preservation and enhancement of downtown as social and cultural center of the city.
  • Educate neighborhood about Neighborhood Watch program.
  • Create and conduct regular programs and awards to recognize good buildings and landscaping.
  • Provide assistance and education to encourage home maintenance and renovation.
  • Include non-resident owners and users in ONEN activities and programs.
  • Inform non-resident owners of guidelines for property maintenance and renovation.
  • Conduct annual cleanup of neighborhood and adjacent parks and trails.
  • Promote recycling.
  • Continue and increase neighborhood street tree planting.
  • Conduct annual public tree planting event.
  • Promote streetscape improvements and landscaping in conjunction with pedestrian improvements.
  • Allow special improvement districts to add or replace urban design features such as street lights and sign posts with more appropriate traditional fixtures.
  • Create gateways to the neighborhood on major streets.
  • Design and construct historically appropriate gateways and entry identification, working with city officials.
  • Develop entry gateways with appropriate landscaping and signage to further distinguish the traditional residential character of the neighborhood.
  • Create street markers which identify the neighborhood and historic districts.
  • Encourage removal of all billboards from neighborhood.
  • Work with transit management to eliminate bus bench advertising and to improve bus bench design in neighborhood.

Summary of Public Infrastructure Recommendations

Adopted November 16, 1990

Passed as City Ordinance in 1991

  • Encourage property owners to maintain and repair sidewalks, drives, and curbs.
  • Encourage property owners to use assistance funds from city to repair walks damaged by tree roots.
  • Work with city to use improvement districts to identify and repair deteriorating curb and gutters adjacent to private property.
  • Work with city to identify and repair deteriorating sidewalks, curbs, and gutters in public areas, including center parkways.
  • Provide handicapped-accessible ramps at pedestrian crosswalks.
  • Insure that all new development includes handicapped-accessible ramps.
  • Retrofit accessible ramps wherever possible.
  • Encourage city to annually apply dust prevention to dirt alleys and streets.
  • Use special improvement districts to pave unpaved alleys and streets.
  • Encourage clean alleys and trash and litter control.
  • Develop, with appropriate city offices, neighborhood-wide urban design guidelines for traditional streetscape improvements (street lights, street signs, benches, paving materials and textures, entry gateways, etc.) to ensure they are appropriate to the historical context.
  • Allow individuals and groups to underground utility lines.
  • Coordinate ongoing overhead line replacement to allow for undergrounding of lines as desired.
  • Encourage city utilities to develop/use technology to underground major transmission lines.
  • Inform neighborhood about assistance and incentives for undergrounding secondary service lines.
  • Monitor city studies and work with city to remedy drainage problems in neighborhood.
  • Support District 11 programs for overall health and benefit of the neighborhood.
  • Improve pedestrian crosswalks in vicinity of schools.
  • Improve bicycle access to schools.
  • Work for a school crosswalk guard program.
  • Work with District 11 to improve facilities and grounds of SteeleSchool, in conjunction with the development of a neighborhood park.
  • Maintain city programs for cleaning, repairing, and overlaying neighborhood streets.
  • Encourage property owners to repair sidewalks and remove snow from sidewalks.
  • Continue operation of Fire Station No. 2.
  • Encourage maintenance of Fire Station No. 2 in keeping with its importance as a historic civic building.
  • Continue city animal control services and standards.
  • Use Neighborhood Watch program to assist with animal control.