Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA)
The Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority (LURA) is the public entity to affect revitalization and redevelopment in the downtown area. The authority works in partnership with property owners to improve existing structures, bring new commercial and mixed-use development to raw land within the blighted area, and prevent deterioration of properties within the area.
- 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Workshops are held on an as-needed basis.
- City Council Chambers, 1290 S. Public Road, Lafayette, CO 80026
|Member Name||Title||Term Ending Date|
|Kevin Muller||Chair||June 2020|
|Carolyn Cutler||Vice Chair||June 2024|
|Luke Arrington||LURA Member||June 2023|
|Janet Bonner||LURA Member||June 2021|
|Pat Gross||LURA Member||June 2022|
|Faith Rogers||LURA Member||June 2021|
|Kate Williams||LURA Member||June 2022|
|Roger Caruso||Staff Liaison|
LURA and the Downtown Vision Plan
The Lafayette Urban Renewal Authority was established by City Council resolution on April 20, 1999. The Authority was created in response to a citizens’ petition for the formation of an urban renewal authority, findings of blight in the Old Town area, and following a public hearing on the matter. In 2011, LURA adopted a Downtown Vision Plan to set forth policies for the future of downtown and to outline a strategy to continue the area’s revitalization. Since that time, LURA has accomplished a number of recommendations in the Vision.
LURA Streetscape Project
In 2015, the Urban Renewal Authority conducted public workshops for ideas to move the 2011 Vision Plan forward. The feedback received guided the Authority to undertake a streetscape improvement project on the east side of Public Road from Geneseo Street to Cleveland Street. Initially, the idea was to use the Chase Bank parking lot as a food truck staging area, and to improve this section of Public Road with new sidewalks, lighting, fencing, and furniture. Although LURA was able to secure a public parking lease for use of the Chase parking lot, Chase did not grant approval to use the parking lot for public events or staging. However, streetscape improvement desires were valid, and as such, LURA approved a contract to design this important two block section. VIEW THE SKETCH PLAN (15mb download size).