Boulder City has begun the master planning process, with the help of G.C. Garcia, Inc., for a special area plan along the I-11 Corridor. In the early 2000’s, emergence of a Canada to Mexico transportation corridor and lack of an interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas opened an opportunity for the cities and the region. From this need the I-11 Corridor was born. With a long-standing need for the city-to-city linkage, this opportunity was seen as both fulfilling an existing need while tapping into a much greater regional and trans-national economic development possibility. This created an opportunity for Boulder City to plan an economic development area located at a new interchange of I-11 and US-95. Strategic opportunities are limited within the life of a city and requires it to be astute in recognizing the circumstance and then being able to convert opportunities into success. Having seen the potential, the City r
ecognized the need for long range visioning and planning, and opted for creating a Special Area Master Plan.

In August of 2016, Boulder City began the master planning process in cooperation with a team lead by G. C. Garcia. The Master Plan’s foundation was to be built from the input provided from the citizens, elected officials, appointed officials and business and community leaders of Boulder City. Over 20 one on one interviews were held with members of the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Economic Vitality, City Manager’s Office, Public Works, and the Planning Department.

Results of the interviews included common themes of connecting the new interchange to the existing City both physically and culturally, providing for an architectural theme that reflects the history and culture of the City, creating a plan that is an economic return to the City, and providing a preferred set of uses and a set of non-preferred uses.

A town hall meeting was planned and organized for the date of October 12, 2016. Notice of the town hall was sent out in public utility bills, through Facebook, in cooperation with the blog Boulder City Social, and a full-page ad in the Boulder Review. The meeting was held at the Boulder City Library at 6:00 p.m. on October 12, 2016, fifty-seven members of public attended the meeting. The scope of the meeting included a project overview and gathered the publics input on preferred and non-preferred uses, architectural preferences, and community goals.

Results of this meeting further defined the preferred and non-preferred uses, confirmed the visions gathered from the individual interviews of a plan that connects the new interchange to the existing City physically and culturally and provides for an architectural theme that reflects the history and culture of the City.

With the discovery and outreach portions of the Master Plan completed, the Vision for the Plan was established.

The VisionThe Hoover Dam Gateway Center at Boulder City will be Interstate I-11’s premier business centric master-planned place, providing an economic engine driving future City revenues, enhancing the quality of life for residents and being: Responsive to the Marketplace; Respective of the City’s Charm, Culture and History; Reflective of a Cohesive and Flexible Land Use and Design and Realizable in time, money and process.

The Vision now in hand, the building of elements for the plan has begun. Those elements will include history, lessons learned from Route 66 cities, connectivity, design guidelines and implementation recommendations. It is anticipated the plan will be ready for review and adoption by the Boulder City Council in the very near future.

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