This health impact assessment will inform the proposed Federal Boulevard framework plan, with specific focus on the light-rail stations at 60th Avenue and Federal Boulevard and at 71st Avenue and Irving Street in the Denver area. The planning area for the framework plan will include the Federal Boulevard corridor in areas of Adams County. While the goal of the framework plan is to provide guidance for future planning, transportation, and economic development investments along the corridor, the HIA will assess the existing conditions and proposed strategies related to health in the area of the two light-rail stations.
Federal Boulevard is one of the major north-to-south corridors through the Denver metro region. The area of the corridor to be studied has suffered from disinvestment over several decades. Policymakers, business owners, and potential developers are eager to maximize the benefits that a major transportation investment such as the two light-rail stations could bring. The existing design of the corridor encourages high traffic speeds, posing health and safety concerns related to accidents involving motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles. It also creates an unsafe and unwelcoming environment for pedestrians, with a high risk of falls. Tri-County Health Department—the health department for Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties—will work with local government planning and community partners to inform the planning decision through the HIA and provide recommendations for better health outcomes.
This is part of a Health Impact Project HIA program grant. As part of the work, the department will increase the capacity for the development of HIAs in local government planning, develop curriculum and syllabi for two University of Colorado Denver classes that will be used to educate future land-use and transportation planners; and develop an HIA report framework to be used by local governments and community organizations in the development of future HIA work around transportation decisions in the Denver metro area. As part of the grant, the department is also conducting the Adams County agritourism plan HIA.
This HIA is supported through funding from Kaiser Permanente Colorado.