11 Jul 2017
Please take a moment to review the updated LCMA Design Guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns please call Lowry Community Manager, Jennifer Bublitz, at email@example.com or (970) 663-9685.
Park Rules &
Park Use Permits
Did you know that some parks in Lowry are owned by the City of Denver and others belong to the LCMA? LCMA-owned parks are private property for the use of LCMA members, Lowry residents and their guests only.In an effort to inform the community and the public and to better maintain LCMA Park Rules, new signs have gone up in every LCMA-owned park. The LCMA has also implemented a requirement to obtain a Park Use Permit for groups larger than 15 and has published a Park Use Calendar on the LCMA website.
Did you know that very few types of yard signs are permitted in Lowry? The LCMA desires and supports a clean, well maintained and un-cluttered appearance for the Community and, therefore, very few types of yard signs are permitted.
Please go to the Signage Policy to ensure any signs currently in your yard are on the approved temporary sign list. Residents will be given until July 31st to remove any signs that have not been approved. Learn more….
Did you know that LCMA approval is required to paint building and home exteriors, even if the building or home is to be re-painted the same colors? Learn more…
Did you know that because the majority of streets in Lowry are owned, maintained and regulated by the City of Denver, street parking in Lowry is subject to the Denver municipal code? Learn more…
Did you know that a “tree lawn” is the area between a sidewalk and the curb and that any tree lawn adjacent to an owner’s property is the responsibility of that owner to maintain? Learn more…
Windows, Window Screens & Window Treatments
Did you know that you need to submit a Design Review Request to do a full or partial window replacement? Learn more…
Little Free Libraries
Did you know that Lowry has new Design Guidelines for installing Little Free Libraries? Learn more...
Did you know that audible bird deterrents are not permitted in Lowry? Find out who to contact about noise issues, including barking dogs and mechanical noise making devices. Learn more…
Fences, Walls & Handrails
Did you know that you need to submit a Design Review Request to replace all or a portion of your fence or to install a handrail? Learn more….
Did you know that site triangles at corners provide visibility for vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic? The “line of sight” triangle must have a 10-foot leg from any alley, sidewalk or pathway. Learn more…
Denver Parks & Recreation’s Office of the City Forester recently launched Be A Smart Ash (http://www.beasmartash.org) to educate and inspire Denver residents to join the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which poses a very serious threat to 1 in 6 trees in the City and County of Denver. As part of the effort against EAB, the Office of the City Forester has developed a plan to treat qualified trees in your right-of-way, which is the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. To learn more about this plan, when your right-of-way ash tree might be treated and your other treatment options, please visit BeASmartAsh.org/treatment-schedule.
Many ash trees in Denver are on private property, so we’re depending on you to help preserve our neighborhood’s tree canopy! The good news is, Being a Smart Ash is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Identify ash trees (resources available at www.BeASmartAsh.org), regularly inspect for signs of EAB, and contact the Office of the City Forester immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 913-0651 if trees display any symptoms of EAB infestation.
- Talk to neighbors, friends, and co-workers about EAB. Spread the word and encourage people to visit BeASmartAsh.org for more information.
- Do not transport firewood or other products from ash trees, as EAB larvae stealthily survive and travel hidden under the bark. If an ash tree absolutely has to be moved, the wood must be chipped smaller than one inch.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How did you choose which ash trees to treat?
Healthy ash trees that are 12 inches and larger in diameter at 4.5 feet off the ground were put on a list for potential treatment. From this list, a number of trees were randomly selected in each neighborhood to be treated in either 2016, 2017 or 2018. Every ash tree scheduled to be treated in 2016 was examined by a city arboreal inspector to determine if it was a good candidate for treatment.
What if I have other ash trees on my property?
Residents are responsible for any ash trees on their personal property. Contact a licensed tree care professional to discuss a plan for your ash tree.
There is more than one ash tree on the public right-of-way. Are they all being treated?
To see which right-of-way ash trees are being treated and those that are candidates for future treatment, visit BeASmartAsh.org/treatment-schedule
Why wasn’t my neighbor’s tree selected for treatment?
Due to budget and labor constraints, we are unable to treat every ash tree in the public right-of-way this year. However, we plan to treat more right-of-way trees in the next few years and may include your neighbor’s tree at that time. Visit BeASmartAsh.org/treatment-schedule for an overview of the upcoming treatment schedule.
How effective are treatments?
When properly administered by a tree professional, treatment is over 90% effective.
If my tree is not scheduled for treatment this year, can I do it myself?
Yes, but we strongly suggest you contact a licensed tree care professional to treat your tree. Your tree care professional is required to request a permit from the Office of the City Forester. For a list of licensed tree care professionals, visit BeASmartAsh.org/get-a-tree-professional/.
I already treated the tree. Is the City going to treat again?
No! Please tell us if the tree has been treated so that we don’t double treat. Shoot us an email at email@example.com
Can I refuse treatment?
Yes. If you prefer we not treat your tree, please visit BeASmartAsh.org/optout immediately. Please note: if the health of the tree declines and the tree becomes unsafe, you will be required to remove it.
What are the risks of refusing treatment?
If the tree becomes infested with EAB and is not treated, it will most likely die within 2-4 years. Once the tree dies, it poses a safety risk and depending on the size and location of the tree, safe removal by a tree professional can be costly.
The Lowry Redevelopment Authority (LRA) has completed a mobility study for the 1,866-acre community, started in 1994 and now nearly complete. The study assesses the current multimodal network at Lowry along with planned and recommended improvements.
“Lowry was carefully planned as a walkable, bikeable, transit-served community from the beginning,” said Hilarie Portell, public relations director. “But with the city’s rapid growth, and community concerns about traffic congestion, we wanted to make sure we addressed any gaps and positioned the area for long-term mobility enhancements.”
The study is broken into six parts, with recommendations for short and long-term enhancements. The LRA has committed to numerous short-term actions that can be implemented in coordination with the Boulevard One project build-out by 2020. The document is being shared with community groups, design review committees, RTD and the City of Denver as a resource and to inform future mobility initiatives. An appendix contains information about a wide range of mobilityapps and services.
There are 60 miles of paved sidewalks at Lowry, with planted buffer zones between sidewalks and vehicles.
There are 12 miles of multi-use paths. These are off-road, paved, and accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists.
All residents are within a 10-minute walk to one of 20 community parks.
Key recommendation: two future development areas should implement the same connectivity and quality of pedestrian environments
9 miles of bike travel on roads with painted bike lanes, bike-friendly roads and multi-use paths.
5 Denver bike routes, with two more planned
Bike racks for up to 300 bicycles
Most destinations are within a 10-minute bike ride.
Three possible locations for future B-cycle stations or bike corrals
LRA will add signage on multi-use paths and bike racks at the Town Center and community parks
Lowry is served by 7 RTD bus routes
There are more than 80 bus stops in and around Lowry, with more than 1,000 daily passengers
The transit system is in place to accommodate future growth and demand.
Three light rail stations located within 5 miles of Lowry will open this spring, providing service to downtown, DIA and southeast business parks
LRA will encourage RTD to increase transit service and amenities as ridership demands grow
Lowry streets extend into the city’s grid network, helping to disperse traffic throughout the day
Most neighborhood streets are posted at 25 MPH, with collectors and arterials posted at 30 to 40 MPH
The LRA will undertake warrant studies at three intersections on Quebec Street to evaluate the need for new or enhanced traffic signals.
The LRA will continue to support the city’s planned improvements to Quebec Street north of Lowry
This is the last mixed-use, multimodal neighborhood built by the LRA
Multi-use trail connecting to the mixed-use center and parks at Lowry and Crestmoor
Bicycle paths, 10 bike parking locations and a repair station
Two sites for electric car charging stations
Bulbouts at key pedestrian crosswalks, to shorten the walking distance and increase safety
The mobility study will be shared with the community design review committee to assist them in evaluating mobility plans by multifamily, mixed-use and commercial developers.
The study will also be shared with Denver’s Department of Public Works for consideration as part of the update to Denver Moves , the city’s pedestrian and bicycle plan.
All the planning has paid off, as Lowry is one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. “This is consistent with research findings that walkable, ridable neighborhoods are in demand by urban homebuyers, support property values and drive local business,” said Portell.
The Lowry Mobility Study is posted at http://lowryredevelopment.org/wp-content/themes/lowryredevelopment/pdf/lowry_mobility_study_wnext_steps012816.pdf.
It was created with Denver-based Design Workshop.
The Lowry Redevelopment Authority is a quasi-governmental entity created by the cities of Denver and Aurora to redevelop the former Lowry Air Force Base in East Denver. Boulevard One is a 70-acre site at Quebec Street and Lowry Boulevard, 3.5 miles east of the Cherry Creek shopping district. Plans call for approximately 120 single family homes, 230 rowhomes, 450 apartments, up to 200,000 square feet of retail stores and offices, and 13 acres of parks and open space.
JULY CONSUMER ADVISORY
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04 Apr 2015
Spring has sprung and we’ve got everything you need to know about maintaining, removing, replacing and planting trees in Lowry. Lowry homeowners are required to prune their trees regularly, especially the trees in the tree lawn, to promote an attractive and shady street and sidewalk canopy, and to replace dead trees in their yards and tree lawns. Did you know that there are species of trees that the City of Denver doesn’t allow to be planted? It’s that time of year for tree pruning / replacement letters to go out to homeowners, so read on for instructions…
General Tree Information
Removing, planting or replacing any tree on your property (front, side or back yards) or in your tree lawn normally requires the submission of a Design Review Request. To streamline the tree replacement process, the LCMA’s Buildings and Grounds Committee has suspended this requirement for the summer for tree replacements (same location) with an approved species (see list below) if an email is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org notifying the LCMA of the replacement.
All new trees shall be a minimum of 2.5 inch caliper at the time of installation; evergreen trees, which are permitted in yards, but not in the tree lawn, should be a minimum of six (6) feet tall. Trees shall not be planted within a utility easement.
The following tree species are prohibited in the Lowry Community and by the city of Denver in tree lawns OR private yards:
- Any species of poplar (Populus) (exception: Aspens are permitted)
- Any species of willow (Salix)
- Box Elder (Acer Negundo)
- Siberian Elm (Ulmus Pumila)
- Silver Maple (Acer Saccharinum)
- Freeman Maple (Acer X Freemanni)
- Ash (Fraxinus)
- Walnut (Juglans)
- Sunburst Honeylocust (Gleditsia Triicanthos Inermis)
- Bradford Pear (Pyrus Calleryana ‘Bradford’)
- Mulberry (Morus)
- Russian Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia)
- Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima)
Trees must be maintained and regularly pruned so as not to obstruct pedestrian traffic, sidewalks, alleys or the street. The city of Denver requires tree lawn canopies to be at least 8’ in height when branches extend over streets, sidewalks or alleys.
Generally, deciduous trees need pruning every three to four years. Regular pruning helps create a beautiful street canopy throughout Lowry and keeps trees healthy. Trees should also be sprayed for infestation of boring insects or the like if necessary.
You can get more information about trees and tree care by contacting a certified arborist, your local nursery or the following websites:
Trees in the Tree Lawn
The tree lawn is the area between the sidewalk and the street, usually landscaped with grass. Although the city of Denver owns most of Lowry’s tree lawns, they are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to maintain. There are also special rules related to tree lawn trees, including what kind of tree you can plant there. Please make sure that your tree lawn trees are pruned to promote an attractive shade canopy AND that they are pruned so that there is eight feet of clearance from the sidewalk and street. Both the LCMA and the City of Denver Forestry Division inspect area tree lawn trees to make sure they are being maintained properly.
Removing, planting or replacing a tree in the tree lawn (area between the sidewalk and the street) requires the advance approval of the City of Denver Forester who can be reached at (720) 913-0651 or email@example.com. Planting a tree in the tree lawn also usually requires utility locates which can be requested by calling the City of Denver at 311. Tree lawn trees that have died must be replaced as soon as the weather permits replanting. Generally, the removal of healthy tree lawn trees is prohibited by the City of Denver Forester.
In the tree lawn, there must be thirty-five feet between trees and trees must be thirty feet from the curb at intersections, ten feet from alleys, driveways and fire hydrants and five feet from water meters and pits. The city of Denver does not permit conifer species (e.g., spruce, pines, juniper, redcedar, fir) to be planted in the tree lawn.
The following are acceptable species of trees for planting in tree lawns:
- Chinkapin Oak
- Swamp White Oak
- English Oak
- Burr Oak
- Shumard Oak
- Texas Red Oak
- English Oak
- Shingle Oak
- Crimson Spire Oak
- White Oak
- Sugar Maple
- Autumn Blaze Maple
- Tartarian ‘Hotwings’ Maple
- Sycamore Maple
- Black Maple
- Red Maple
- Trident Maple
- Pacific Sunset Maple
- Miyabe Maple
- Rocky Mountain Maple
- Hedge Maple
- Bigtooth Maple
- Shangtung Maple
- American Linden
- Lincoln Linden
- Redmond Linden
- Shamrock Linden
- Chancellor Linden
- Corinthian Linden
- Littleleaf Linden
- Summer Sprite Linden
- Mongolian Linden
- Silver Linden
- American Elm
- Japanese Elm
- Allee Lacebark Elm
- Prospector Elm
- Elm hybrids (i.e., Accolade, Cathedral, Danada Charm, Frontier, Homestead, New Horizon, Patriot, Pioneer, Regal, Triumph, Vanguard)
- Skyline Honeylocust
- Imperial Honeylocust
- Shademaster Honeylocust
- Sargent Cherry
- Black Cherry
- Callery Pear
- Chanticleer Pear
Other Tree Species:
- American Sycamore
- Western Hackberry
- Amur Corktree
- Kentucky Coffeetree
- Northern Catalpa