Pockets of protection amid growth: Metro Denver area conservation easements
Approximately half of Colorado’s population resides in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Open space can create buffers for free-standing communities and protect air and water quality for metro residents.As demand increases for local foods and a new and nontraditional cohort of farmers emerges, there is a strong demand for accessible farmland in the metro area. Urban agriculture has become an important political priority across the Front Range and Metro Denver. Several cities, including Wheat Ridge, Denver and Arvada, have recently updated their land use and/or zoning regulations to further encourage and promote urban agriculture.
Colorado Open Lands is currently working on strategic planning in the Denver Metro area to support smart growth that preserves the key characteristics that make Colorado such a wonderful place to work and play, including usable open space, riparian protection, and space to grow fresh, local food.