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A Few of Our  Past Rocky Mountain Clients

City of Fountain, Colorado- Comprehensive Plans (2); Downtown Action Plan; New Zoning Code; Property Maintenance Code; Manufactured Home provisions, revised downtown zoning for the Santa Fe Corridor,  Annexation Plan, established  GIS system with all required maps, and extensive community engagement and facilitation services.

Town of Platteville, Colorado- Comprehensive Plan; 3-Mile Plan, Update of Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, Truck Route and Overweight Vehicle Ordinance; RV requirements and standards; fiscal impact analysis; development review as contract planner including annexation agreements and Planned Development Zoning and agreements; IGA's with all municipalities within the defined Planning Area and all GIS mapping.

Town of Elizabeth, Colorado- Comprehensive Plan, Annexation Plan,  3-Mile Street Plan; IGA with County and GIS mapping including utilities; meeting facilitation and community engagement.

Manitou Springs, Colorado- Critical Code updates including variance procedures, sign code, traffic impact requirements, uses, dimensional requirements and development fees. Assurances that code updates complement and are contradiction free with adopted Historic Design Guidelines.

Town of Granby, Colorado- Critical code updates including sign code; development review including large annexations and planned developments; development/design guidelines and standards  in concert with major land developers.

City of Salida and Chaffee County- Code amendments for Chaffee County including special ranching friendly code amendments, corridor development, 1041 requirements, Planned Development regulations for Salida and Planned Development/Annexation for Vandeveer Ranch in Salida.

Aspen, Pitkin County, Snowmass, Garfield County and Glenwood Springs, Colorado-Facilitation and community engagement services for planning and transportation projects involving multiple jurisdictions; Aspen Area Community Plan; facilitation on CDOT related transportation plans and improvements; fiscal impact analysis, downtown design solutions and organization for Glenwood Springs DDA.

The Eastern Plains of Colorado-Comprehensive Plans for Burlington, Lincoln County and Kit Carson County , leadership training for Prowers and Baca Counties, economic development and enterprise zone strategic plans for  Southeastern Colorado, and downtown and historic preservation planning for Pueblo.

Small Town Community Development Specialists-Comprehensive Plans and services for some of the smallest communities in Colorado including Deer Trail, Green Mountain Falls, Larkspur, and Bow Mar, and strategic plans oriented at developing economic sustainability most recently in Walsenburg, Colorado.


If you would like a complete inventory of our work, please e-mail us at cmi@commat.com. Thank you.


How to Books and Training Presentations


Tools for Design Review- Developed for communities with design guidelines, this training provides a step-by-step approach to improving the design review process, from pre-application through post-construction evaluation. Used by our clients, it has also been presented at the following recent conferences by Mike Davenport, AIA, AICP of Community Matters this year:Western Planner Annual Conference, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions  National Conference and Downtown Colorado, Inc. Annual Conference.

Good Neighbors Building Next to History-  Co-author of 'How to book' with Nore Winter  on creating design guidelines using 5 community examples- Sterling, Telluride, Durango, Grand Junction and Fort Collins. Published by the Colorado Historical Society ( History Colorado)

Managing Colorado's  Future: A Guidebook for Integrating Land Use, Transportation and Air Quality-The Integrated Planning Guidebook presents simple tools and techniques that address three key suggestions made during the Smart Growth Initiative: Reinforce positive linkages between transportation, air quality and land use planning; preserve and improve air quality by providing effective alternative transportation modes, and Improve transportation, air quality and comprehensive planning by emphasizing integration and coordination of planning efforts. Recognized for Outstanding Colorado Planning by the Colorado APA; published by the State of Colorado.

Managing Change, Coping with the Uncertainties of Unpredictable Growth-,Authors Barbara Cole and  Phil Herr, MIT City Planning professor were contracted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to write this  workbook and fiscal impact model to help communities predict and manage growth related impacts that result from potentially transforming land uses such as gambling.  Workbook and computer model available through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Economic Renewal Series -The Business Opportunities Casebook & The Business Opportunities Workbook and Financing Economic Renewal are  three publications authored by Barbara Cole with Meredith Miller that document dozens of small town success stories and shows how communities can build on their existing assets to strengthen and expand their economies without resorting to the high stakes recruiting game.  The methodology was recently updated and published in an article by the Colorado Municipal League in 2011. Published by the Rocky Mountain Institute and republished by the U.S. Small Business Development Administration.

High Stakes Decision-Making, Understanding the Choices your Community can Make, a step-by-step workbook to develop an action plan for community's that must make high stakes decisions about their future by Barbara Cole and Phillip B. Herr. Available through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Developing a Competitive Workforce. This workbook, written by Barbara Cole for Jobs for Colorado’s Future, helps communities to assess and develop the skills of their most important resource, people. By focusing on strengths and weaknesses, raising skill levels, and enhancing workforce flexibility, communities can make a difference to the economic well-being of their residents throughout Colorado. This book tells you how. Available from Author.


Competing with the National Discounter- A guidebook and seminars to assist small communities remain competitive when faced with big box development.  Barbara Cole has completed specific assignments for: the State of Minnesota, Bismarck, North Dakota, Ridgecrest, California, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, Sheridan Wyoming,  St. Albans Vermont, the US Navy and numerous small towns  throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Cole was featured on the front page of USA Today for her expertise in helping small businesses compete against Big Box stores and recognized by the  Independent Business magazine.


Colorado Scenic Byways Best Practices Hand book and Training- Completed for the CDOT by Barbara Cole of Community Matters, Inc., Amy Webb of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Ann Moss, then at the National Park Service, this evaluation of Colorado byways (including two corridor management plans completed by Community Matters) outlines how to develop and manage a Scenic Byway. In addition to the overall planning approach, Cole completed specific sections on finance, implementation and management.