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Have you heard a rumor in the community or just curious about something going on in town? We're here to help! Post your questions and a City Staff member will provide accurate and up-to-date information and answers.

Have you heard a rumor in the community or just curious about something going on in town? We're here to help! Post your questions and a City Staff member will provide accurate and up-to-date information and answers.


Curious about something? Just ask!

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    Is there a drop-off location for branches broken by this week's snow?

    connewr Asked 12 days ago

    Update: Due to the recent storm, City staff has moved up the dates of the tree limb drop-off and added an extra weekend. You may now drop off tree limbs on September 12 & 13 and September 19 & 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1225 Catamount Dr.

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    I saw a sign on Tucker Gulch that said something about Golden changing its development and zoning laws. Does this have something to do with North Table Mountain.

    GregCapaul Asked 20 days ago

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the City of Golden zoning code rewrite. We are in the process of developing an initial draft of the zoning code rewrite that may alter regulations for several of the properties within the City of Golden. If you reside in the City of Golden in proximity of North Table Mountain, those properties will be considered. 

    However, if you are referencing an individual project around North Table, I highly doubt the projects are related. If you would like to contact me directly, please feel free. I’m happy to talk about the project in detail. Please bear in mind that we are very early in the process. 

    Cory Miller, Senior City Planner - Long Range
    cmiller@cityofgolden.net



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    I wanted to follow up on the goings-on on South Table. The new trail is really nice, although it is definitely increasing bike traffic on that side of South Table--a place where there weren't bikes before. There are rumors in the neighborhood that the Lubahn Trail/18th St access might be being closed. I'm hoping that there can be a discussion about that before it happens, because closing it would more than double the load on the 19th St. trail, given that many of us who make the 18th to 19th St. loop would have to go up and then down 19th, which seems unfortunate in the time of covid. I know the Lubahn trail is a wreck right now, but that happened with covid--before March, it was not infrequent to walk up there and not see anyone, depending on the time of day. Part of the problem is that there is high demand for trails right now, so closing one seems counterproductive. Additionally, while there's a sign that says "stay on the trail" at the bottom, it's no longer clear where that trail is--I only know because I've run up there for a decade. I've asked people I've seen off trail to stay on the trail, but many honestly just didn't know where the main trail is. Could the Lubahn trail please be saved? I'm hoping we can leave it open so people in the neighborhood have a loop they can make without going out to NREL, and a little new signage would go such a long way. Thanks for considering.

    janieQ Asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Janie, 

    Your questions and concerns are well received. Your timing is also good. Lubahn Trail is a topic of conversation amongst the Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board (PRAM) as well as with Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS). Currently PRAM is working on a public survey for neighborhood residents and trail visitors. PRAM has been charged with making a recommendation to City Council to repair, reroute or close the Trail. Currently the condition of the trail is not sustainable and creates risks to those that use it. The trail goes off of City property below the cliff area and becomes Jeffco and private property on top. Many people use Lubahn to access Castle Rock. Most do not know that Castle Rock is private property and they trespass when they summit.  

    In the near future you will be able to participate in public engagement; primarily a survey, due to COVID and the inability to conduct public, in-person, meetings. Please watch Guiding Golden for this survey information. Please also feel free to contact Stacy Turner (sturner@cityofgolden.net) directly if you have additional questions. 

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    Status of Overlook project

    Kvanvelk Asked about 1 month ago

    The site plan for the Overlook Project was approved by Planning Commission on August 5th. The applicant is now free to apply for building permits to construct the approved development.

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    Why do bike lanes disappear in traffic-circle zones on South Golden Road and elsewhere? Merging with car traffic is unsafe, and bicyclists often resort to the sidewalk, which is unsafe for pedestrians.

    than Asked 2 months ago

    Currently the striping of bike lanes within roundabouts (RAB) are prohibited within the US. Specifically, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) section  9C.04 states as standard no. 12 that “Bicycle lanes shall not be provided on the circular roadway of a roundabout.”  The practice of extending bike lanes through RAB’s is allowed in other countries , so perhaps the next revision of the MUTCD will provide additional allowances and guidance for the same. Currently the options for bicyclists are to take the lane and proceed through the RAB as a vehicle, or utilize adjacent trails or sidewalks, at safe speeds.

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    What department is responsible for watering street trees and eliminating noxious weeds?

    Ask Golden Asked 2 months ago

    Please contact Billy Iannopollo, City Forester, for tree service needs. Phone: 303-384-8141 Email: wiannopollo@cityofgolden.net

    Please contact David Chavez, Senior Maintenance Worker/Noxious Weeds Specialist, for weed management. Phone: 303-3848142 Email: dchavez@cityofgolden.net

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    Do you have an estimate of when 17th St will be reopened between Washington and Jackson? The weekly digest emails have been saying the closure is extended for a while.

    jemmel Asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for your question! Our Streets Supervisor, Steve Kurtz, said the ROW (Right of Way) closure has been extended through Feb 29, 2020.

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    What are the plans for work on 8th Street?

    vviola Asked 12 months ago

    There is not an actual project for 8th Street at this time, but Planning Commission and the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) have begun discussing possible future changes along this corridor to address concerns about pedestrian safety.

    This conversation dates back several years, during the approval of the West 8th Apartments at the western end of 8th Street. The issue resurfaced during the Basecamp approval process last year (hotel and apartments project). Essentially, residents have been saying for several years that the street needs to be made safer for pedestrians and cyclists. While some improvements have been made as new development has occurred along 8th Street, the City is looking into potentially accelerating this effort by carrying these improvements through to the rest of the corridor.

    What Planning Commission is recommending is to start the conversation with an earlier streetscape plan from several years ago that would create an 8 foot walk on the north side of 8th and a 5 foot walk on the south side of 8th. Residents have also recently identified the need for better visibility at key intersections, such as Cheyenne. As a result, the City has been talking about adding bump outs (aka elephant ears) to increase visibility and shorten crossing distances. Commission sent this recommendation over to the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) for consideration, as they are the board that advises staff and Council on specific implementation strategies. MTAB is now looking at this and considering possible next steps in a planning process, but funding sources have not yet been secured and these renewed design discussions are still in their infancy.

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    City Council is considering contracting with Pel-Ona Architects to conduct a code audit and rewrite of our zoning code. I've heard a rumor that Pel-Ona is also involved with some proposed redevelopment applications in Golden, specifically on Ford Street. Could you please confirm whether Pel-Ona is involved with any ongoing or planned applications with Golden?

    CaseyBrown Asked 12 months ago

    Pel-Ona is not involved in any new design or development projects in Golden. They have been involved in two already constructed projects within the past few years, one being a four unit townhome project approved in 2018 at 1917 Ford Street.

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    When are the speed bumps going to be reinstalled on East St, between 15th and 19th streets? Given that there are few stop signs, fresh pavement and no speed bumps, drivers are traveling dangerously fast on this stretch.

    Ann Asked about 1 year ago

    There is now a delay in the re-installation of the speed bumps.  It was delayed in order for crews to have time to collect necessary data.  Data collection is scheduled for the final week in September, and outreach to adjacent neighbors will follow soon after.