Industrial Development = A Balanced Economy, Primary Jobs & Compatible Development. Who knew?

APA Colorado Chapter


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. MDT

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Industrial Development plays a key role in the economic health of our communities. It is a land use that the public does not typically embrace but it is an essential component for healthy economies. Careful site selection, site development, and engaging the public can lead to a successful development for all.  Industry employs our citizens and provides necessary materials to construct our highways, build our communities, and give back to our citizens.

Learning Objectives:

1.  Community benefits of making room for industrial land use

2.  What “compatibility” means

3.  Varied approaches to permitting and entitlement 


An engaging power point will be presented.  This will be a modified version of what is being presented at Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in March and will include opportunities for the audience to be involved.


1.       How is Industrial Development defined?

a.       Primary employer, key player for a balanced economy

b.       Historic perspective of how Industry shaped communities

c.       Changing face of Industry, changing needs of Industrial developments

d.       Static needs of Industry – what’s changed, what hasn’t?

2.       Recognition of Industrial Development – Quiz Show style game to engage the audience

3.       Industrial Development Site Selection Process – Case Study of a Weld County Development

a.       Complex process of site selection

b.       Infrastructure needs

c.       Transportation

d.       Work force

e.       Access to building materials

4.       Compatibility

a.        Flexibility in Code to accommodate creative solutions for all – neighbors, developer, local approving jurisdiction

5.       Zoning Review for Industrial Development Today – what’s working, what’s not?

a.       Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code

b.       Organic change in land use patterns vs. prescriptive zoning designation

What can Planners do to help encourage primary employers to develop in their community?

CM Criteria

We will take a sensitive subject, Industrial Development, and discuss why this land use is important in a community.  We will present facts about the economic benefits of industrial development.  Tetra Tech is not promoting our business.  Tetra Tech along with Weld County will share a story about a specific case for others to learn from.

The three proposed panelists have a combined experience of more than 50 years working in Weld County.  An interactive and engaging power point will discuss the benefits of industrial development in a positive manner.


This will be a thought-provoking session and it is our intent to inspire others to think creatively about development, working collaboratively with developers and how Codes can be flexible to encourage creative solutions.  


Anne Johnson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Anne Best Johnson MBA, AICP has been a successful land use planner and project manager for more than 23 years. She is currently a Senior Planner and Smart Cities Initiative Director for Tetra Tech. Prior to launching her career as a planning consultant, Ms. Johnson worked for Weld County, the ... Read More

Pamela Hora, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Pamela Franch Hora, AICP (Pam Hora) is a Senior Planner and Deputy Operations Manager for Tetra Tech in Longmont, Colorado. Over the course of her career as a planning consultant, Ms. Hora has developed Comprehensive Plans, was on the team that developed the Model Land Use Code for Small Communities ... Read More

Tom Parko

Confirmed Speaker


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