Brighton Colorado already enjoys a rich heritage of agriculture, and now, with an innovative partnership between the City of Brighton and Adams County in the joint development of the District Plan, the area is looking forward to a unique blending of rural land use and urban setting to preserve and enhance the existing heritage and industry. According to City of Brighton Assistant City Manager for Development, Marv Falconburg, “We want to honor our heritage and embrace the future of a truly progressive, sustainable neighborhood with components like locally grown food and open space. This approach hasn’t yet been done on a grand scale. How progressive is it that the county and city got together and put this plan in place? As far as we know, it a fairly rare occurrence that two government agencies jointly engaged the public, put a plan together, and got it funded and adopted.”
It’s an approach that capitalizes on the growing trend and interest in knowing where our food comes from, and creating more locally based food economies and sustainable communities. The District Plan predicts that, if public agencies do nothing to protect farmland in the special district, it will be lost to development. Brighton’s identity as a rural community has attracted many residents who value the open landscape and the rural qualities. This joint venture also promotes Brighton’s ability to continue to position itself as a destination for agritourism.