Community Center Planning

CMD and CPOA Strategic Planning

Prompted by developments within Cordillera and frequent community discussion of desired amenities and facilities, the Boards began an examination of the community and its needs today and in the future.

A strategic planning session was held March 28, after a half-day tour of other recreation and community facilities in the valley March 27. The planning session focused on objectives to enhance the vibrancy and vitality of the community by building on the strategic initiatives the boards and the community have developed previously and simultaneously anticipates the needs and interests of the current and new homeowners for generations to come. 

As a result of the session, both boards unanimously decided to initiate a planning and development process and feasibility study for a centralized community center that would serve as a multiuse, focal point at the entrance of our community.

Potential objectives for a centralized community center include:

  • Increase real estate values and demand
  • Promote health and wellness
  • Provide opportunities for socialization, engagement and sense of community
  • Stewardship of current assets and natural environment
  • Offer flexibility for future needs 
  • Provide premier services and quality programming
  • Maximize location and proximity to all neighborhoods

Feasibility Study 

Having decided to examine the feasibility of a centralized facility, the boards, in April, retained Goulding Development Advisors and Davis Partnership Architects to provide necessary counsel for land planning and design.

On May 16, Goulding Development Advisors and Davis Partnership facilitated an introductory session for board and community members to see examples of similar existing facilities throughout the nation to initiate a feedback process that began to inform planning and design.

Shaw construction has been retained to assist with the feasibility study and to provide cost estimates for various concepts and potential sites. 

The Boards again met with Davis Partnership and Goulding Development Advisors May 24, to further review the feasibility of a community center, one that would provide a centralized venue and would be capable of responding to the community's current and future needs while enhancing the value and appeal of the community and its homes. The concepts being explored incorporate many amenities such as a fitness facility, exercise classes, a swimming facility, spaces for social and interest group gatherings and services for property owners.

Evaluation of Sites

Based on a review of site topography, size and permitted uses of the parcels available for a potential site, the boards unanimously concluded that either one of two parcels around the equestrian center on Squaw Creek Road could provide an appropriate location to serve all three neighborhoods, Divide, Ranch and Summit.
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Further study and research is ongoing to identify a building site within one of the parcels, taking into account environmental and community impacts. 

The Trailhead, athletic center and administration parcels, which were also considered, were found not to be able to accommodate the scope  or meet the stated objectives. Future uses of these parcels will be examined as an integral part of the planning process.

What’s Next

Revisions and refinement of the concept and design will continue throughout the planning and public feedback process. Email updates will be sent electronically in Cordillera Connection and can be found here. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to Rachel Oys, general manager, and CMD and CPOA board members. Specific comments can be emailed to: or by completing an online feedback form.   

Save the Date

July 3: Community Day/Community Center Planning Open House, 4 - 8 p.m. at the TimberHearth 
July 6: Community Center Planning Open House, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Café 
July 7 Community Center Planning Open House, 9 – 11 a.m. at the Café  
July 10: Board meeting, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Cordillera Cafe
August 3: Board Meeting, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Cordillera Cafe
August 18: Board Meeting/Annual Meeting/CPOA Election, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel
September 22: Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Cordillera Cafe
October 4: Board Meeting, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Cordillera Cafe