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Brighton’s entrance signs could get a major upgrade

Brighton’s entrance signs could get a major upgrade

People driving into Brighton may be greeted by new signs, featuring a fan-shaped structure covered in colourful tiles and the city’s logo.

That was the City Council’s consensus on July 9 during a study session on revising a proposed design plan aimed at creating a unified theme for the city.

“I really like this color version,” said Councilman Jim Snyder. “It’s a fan, and it’s the size and the grandeur. So I think we should go ahead and do it.”

Councillors first met with designers from Dig Studios and Michael Baker International at a study session on May 14 to discuss creating a unified design scheme for the city, part of the council’s list of long-term strategic planning goals.

“This has been kind of an informal conversation among the council for many years,” planner Emma Lane said at the May meeting. “But this is something that you all wanted.”

The designers presented their report on Tuesday, offering three design schemes for official Brighton city signs, intended to welcome visitors to the city and guide them to trails and other features.

Kristin Cypher, a designer at Michael Baker International, said all three options were designed to be placed along highways at the city limits, at Bridge Street roundabouts and at key points throughout the city, including 4th Street and Bromley, and on trails for athletic tracks throughout the city.

“One thing that’s key is the idea of ​​Brighton’s character being one of positivity, outward growth, space for new people, acceptance and just a bright future,” Cyper said. “They all have that at the core of their designs. They also have something that you said last time that I thought was wonderful, which is ‘There’s room for you here.’”

The signs would be of varying sizes, up to 100 feet tall along U.S. 85 or Interstate 76 and up to 50 feet tall at Bridge Street roundabouts. Smaller signs could be placed at trailheads.

“They feel small, they feel contextual,” Cypher said. “But the cool thing is they’re actually scalable. So I think those discussions about size and appropriateness are easy to have.”

A concept for barn-like signs that could be installed at entrances to welcome visitors was presented to the City Council on July 9. Credit: Courtesy image

One version created a sort of support structure that Cypher said resembled a barn, meant to signal Brighton’s agricultural origins. The second featured solid brick foundations with metal columns topped with circles of colored tiles.

But councilors were most impressed by the third, a fan-shaped structure with metal columns covered in colorful tiles.

“And that, again, really emphasizes this total optimism and ‘a place for you.’ And it’s celebratory,” Cypher said. “It’s definitely the brightest of all the elements.”

The counselors agreed.

A concept for fan-shaped signs that could be installed at entrances to welcome visitors was presented to the City Council on July 9. Council members said they favored this design for city entrances going forward. Credit: Courtesy image

“This is basically like Disneyland,” said Councilman Tom Green. “It’s like, man! This is the place to be.”

City planner Lane said staff were planning to put versions of the three signs on their stand at the city barbecue on July 18. Council members said that was probably not necessary.

“I would like to move forward with this unless there is no consensus on the council,” Councilman Matt Johnston said. “I think we can bring this to a meeting, vote on it and just make it happen. We are the voice of the community and we should be, and I feel like the community will like our decision.”

Landscaping options

Dig Studios planner Ryan Sotirakis also presented a few options for urban landscaping and plantings. One is meant to evoke Brighton’s agricultural context and features geometric shapes, circles and straight lines that resemble growing crops and farmland. The second is meant to evoke Brighton’s natural setting on the Colorado plains by using flowing lines and natural shapes rather than geometric ones.

“With both, the plant palate would be sensitive to climate and site,” he said. “We wouldn’t recommend rows and rows of maple trees. Everything would be low-water use.”

Urban planner Lane said staff and designers would present plans for landscaping and signage at a meeting in early September.