Lyons Land Use and Management Plan for Acquired Properties

The historic flood of September 2013 devastated the Lyons community. More than 200 homes were damaged or destroyed in Lyons, many never to be rebuilt. As a result, the Town of Lyons acquired 27 former residential properties with federal funding. Funds were also used to remove flood damaged structures and mitigate the impact of future floods. These ‘buy-out’ properties are earmarked as open space or recreational lands in perpetuity.

This plan outlines site concepts and a strategic approach to the future of buy-out properties. It is a shared vision, a way forward that may foster a sense of closure for the community in the wake of disaster. The DRBOP plan is intended to serve as a reference for residents and decision makers for years to come.

The Deed-Restricted Buy-Out Property (DRBOP) Land Use & Management Plan is a blueprint for the future of the buy-out sites, nearly 20 acres of undeveloped public land located in the St. Vrain River confluence, the heart of Lyons. This plan conceptualizes these lands as natural open space areas and wildlife habitat with opportunities for outdoor enjoyment and social interaction.

A final version of the Lyons Flood Recovery Land Use and Management Plan for Acquired Properties is available here. The Plan includes:

  1. Small Lot Neighborhood Development Guidelines, including site specifications, design elements, resident’s use and maintenance licensing and user information for preferred residential neighborhood site concepts
  2. Open Spaces Network Conceptual Design, including a rendering, illustrations and imagery for the preferred concept
  3. Management Plan, including fiscal-impact analysis, operations and maintenance discussion, and estimate of probable costs

Flood Buyout Parcels Within Lyons Planning Area

Based on a 2016 agreement with the Town, Boulder County agreed to use federal funds to purchase and remediate acquired parcels, then offer the Town any parcels located in the Town’s municipal influence area, an area defined in another agreement between the County and the Town.

Read the full Boulder County Acquired Parcel Report here. View the acquired parcels located within the Lyons Planning Area by clicking the image below.
Lyons Buyouts_Vicinity Map

Deed-Restricted Buy Out Properties (Dr. BOP) Use & Management Plan

Dr. BOP Properties Map

Dr BOP Properties Map

Project Approach

This project developed a plan for the ‘Deed Restricted Buy-Out Properties’ (nicknamed Dr. BOP) in the St. Vrain River confluence. The following elements have been identified as critical project success factors:

1. Improved connectivity
2. Safe access to the St. Vrain River corridor
3. Resiliency to future flood events
4. Universal access for all abilities
5. An appropriate mix of passive and active recreational uses
6. Ecologically sustainable, low-impact planning solutions

This process sought the community's vision, and developed a plan to reach it. Input from stakeholders included neighborhood residents, community members at-large, local business owners, event organizers, Town policy makers, advisors, and/or Town staff. Based on input, the plan was developed to improve livability, strengthen sense of place and community identity, allow for individual expression, ensure safety for residents and visitors, and is dependably maintainable.

The project was led by community planning firm Design Concepts, founded 1981 and based in Lafayette, CO. The intent of their designs are to bring people together, promote a connection with nature, encourage healthy living and learning, and prioritize sustainability.

The final version of the Dr. BOP Plan includes:
1. Small Lot Neighborhood Development Guidelines including site specifications, approved design elements, use and maintenance expectations, and general information for the licensing of the ‘checkerboard’ buy-out lots adjacent to Town residents
2. Large Lot Community Site Concept Plan including a rendered plan, illustration and/or imagery for the preferred concept along with an estimate of probable costs
3. Management Plan including discussion of fiscal-impact, potential funding sources, and operations and maintenance implications of the recommended improvements

Rocky Mountains Botanic Gardens Landscaping

Following the completion of the DR.BOP Plan, the Town partnered with Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens for the design and support of native landscaping and a pedestrian trail, within an area of the DR.BOP land. 

Read more about Rocky Mountain Botanic Gardens' native landscaping in the buy-out properties. 

Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden Drawing

Rocky Mountain Botanic Garden Drawing

Small Lot Neighborhood Licensure Map

Small Lot Neighborhood Licensure Map
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Timeline / Meetings / Milestones

The project will track along a 10-month schedule to completion in August 2017:
November 2016
  • Staff / Steering Committee Kick-off  (Completed)
  • Neighborhood Project Kick-off Meeting (Completed)
December 2016

Dr BOP Project Schedule

Dr BOP Project Schedule
January 2017
March 2017
  • Small Lot Neighborhood Development Guidelines completed
May 2017
  • Large Lot Community Site Plan Concept Alternatives
  • Board of Trustees Workshop to review plan
June 2017
  • Presentation of Draft Final Management Plan to Board of Trustees
  • Final Management Plan submitted to Town