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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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    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 7 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 9 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 9 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 10 months 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.

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    Good morning, it would be swell if Washington Ave would be converted into a pedestrian-only street between 10th St and 14th St. Are there any plans in the works to make this happen at some point in the future? Thanks

    InquisitiveInGolden asked about 1 year ago

    The idea of pedestrian zones has been an important part of planning for Downtown Golden for many decades.  One of the biggest constraints that we have is the limited number of bridges over Clear Creek and limited north/south streets.  Unfortunately, given our topography and street system it is infeasible to remove vehicles totally from Washington Ave.  Rather we continue to look for ways to increase pedestrian safety and comfort.

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    Do the Super Cruise cars/trucks get a pass on the noise ordinance in downtown Golden when they rev their engines up and down main street once a month? Not to mention the horrible exhaust/fumes we are forced to breathe!

    Sperkin asked 10 months ago

    The Golden Supercruise brings a number of traffic related concerns that are addressed by the Golden Police Department during the events.  One main concern involves the use of illegal exhaust systems.  The Golden Police Department realizes this is a livability issue for citizens and we try to work with the motorists through education, voluntary compliance and ultimately enforcement.  Enforcement, education and voluntary compliance are an everyday effort and not strictly related to special events such as the Supercruise.  Any vehicles traveling down roads within the City of Golden are subject to enforcement when violations are observed.  In in order to take enforcement action on an exhaust system violation an officer has to first hear the exhaust system, determine if it was modified from that of what would be standard equipment to the vehicle, and ultimately observe the equipment is not recognized as street legal by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Golden Police Department trains all Officers on this recognition.

    Another area of concern associated with illegal exhaust systems and high performance vehicles are the fumes emitted from them.  If the Golden Police Department observes these fumes, enforcement and voluntary compliance are factors considered.  If the vehicle is deemed to be unworthy for road use the vehicle can be removed from operation on public roads and citations can be issued.

    During the Supercruise, Officers work in several capacities.  Officers work on foot patrols where they can educate participants when illegal exhaust systems are observed and determine if specific vehicles are roadworthy or designed for closed course competitions only.  Participants are educated on how to bring the exhaust and vehicle back into compliance and improve livability concerns for the community. Officers also work in mobile capacities and enforce traffic laws.  During this enforcement, Officers make contact with violators and enforcement or voluntary compliance can be taken.  The Golden Police Department's main goal through all the above mentioned avenues, is for motorists to bring the exhaust system and vehicle back into compliance and make the vehicle street-worthy again to avoid long term violations. 

    For additional questions please feel free to contact:

    Sgt. Matt Porter

    Golden Police Department

    Traffic Unit

    303-384-8059 (Direct)

    303-980-7300 (Non-emergency Dispatch)

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    What is the odor coming from the wastewater treatment plant?

    11 months ago

    The odors that you are smelling are from the Coors process wastewater treatment plant.  The plant treats wastewater from the brewery, not sewage, although that's not a distinction that's easy to make based on the smell.  The City does not operate the plant, contribute wastewater to the plant, or regulate the plant - it is, in fact, located outside the city. Coors does operate an odor hotline to receive complaints related to the plants.  Coors also has a smaller plant that treats sewage from Golden under a contract with the City.  The plant is tucked into the brewery complex and has not historically had odor issues. 

    The number for the hotline is 303-277-2112.  The plants are regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  The Department has a partnership with Jefferson County for air pollution control matters.  The County Public Health Department has equipment that can measure odors to evaluate compliance, you can contact them at 303-232-6301. Coors has a long range plan for upgrades at both plants, but these capital projects are several years out. 

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    What is happening with the Front Porch program at the Golden Community Center?

    11 months ago

    There is no plan to close the Front Porch. There have been minor adjustments in the 2019/2020 Community Center budget that occurred last fall as a part of budget preparation. Here is what has transpired.

    As a part of the 2019-2020 budget preparation process, it was apparent that budget subsidies were increasing specifically in the areas of the Golden Community Center and the Museums.  The Parks and Recreation department was asked provide ideas to help reduce subsidy levels.  Several suggestions were provided. Based on these suggestions, there were a number of adjustments made for the 2019 budget. They included the following:

    • Front Porch staff attendant hours were reduced by 10 hours/week. The Front Porch is open from 8AM to 2PM weekdays. This change keeps a part time staff member present during the 8am-noon hours which are the busiest in the Front Porch by far. We have not reduced the Front Porch hours of operation, just attendant hours.  During the Noon to 2 PM time we do not have a dedicated attendant on duty.  Our full time Guest Services Supervisor offices in the Front Porch and other building staff come through the area regularly.   Free coffee and snack services are still available during weekday morning hours. Some of our attendant staff have recently seen reduction in their scheduled hours.  This may have been what has triggered recent citizen concern.
    • The City-owned passenger vans were eliminated. This impacted both the Front Porch day trip program and licensed Children’s programs who were the primary users of the vans. Licensed Children’s programs were able to contract Jefferson County school buses which allowed them to generate greater revenues through higher capacities. The impact of this change is estimated to result in a $12,000 savings to the GCC Budget in 2019.
    • Weight Room Attendant hours were reduced by 10 hours/week.
    • Climbing Wall Attendant hours on Friday evenings were eliminated. Further reductions to that schedule have been made this summer.
    • The Dash at the Splash youth triathlon was eliminated.
    • Various small reductions were made including staff uniform line items and program expense line items.

    Overall these actions do not generate huge savings however they do account for some savings which is helpful to the overall budget. Subsidy levels, fees and charges and service levels will need further research, public input, and policy discussion/direction for future budgets.

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    What are the next steps with the Transportation Master Plan, now that the public feedback portion of the process is complete?

    Ann asked 12 months ago

    The next phase will be a review of the TMP framework that the consultants have put together. The framework is essentially an outline of the final draft that presents the main topics that the plan will cover. The consultants will present this framework to a joint study session with City Council, Planning Commission, and MTAB (Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board). The comments generated from this discussion will be incorporated into an initial draft to be reviewed in early fall. 

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    Why is Washington Ave x hwy 93 going to be closed starting July 22nd?

    swong asked 12 months ago

    On Monday, July 22 we will close Washington Ave at Hwy 93 to begin replacing a storm sewer crossing. This work will take place in advance of the completion of the pedestrian and bike lane connections that were begun last year in conjunction with the Washington Avenue Complete Streets project. This is the one part of the project that was not touched while the rest of the work was being done on Washington Avenue to allow people to still access businesses in the area. Work is anticipated to take one week to complete and business access and a detour will be in place via Iowa Street. Please contact John Hardy at (303) 384-8195 if you have any questions.

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    Why are there no pedestrian crossing markers, or any street lights, at the crossing of Iowa Dr on Rubey Dr (between 93 and Washington), even though there is a ramp curb on all 4 corners? The primary concern is that this is the natural place to cross Iowa when using the pedestrian/bike path that parallels 93, sees frequent use by both peds and bikes, and there's nothing to indicate to drivers that anyone would be crossing there.

    Ann asked about 1 year ago

    Your inquiry is timely, as the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board  (MTAB) is finalizing a manual on crosswalk policy that would outline when a crosswalk should be marked vs being left unmarked. So once that manual is completed we can evaluate this particular intersection.  I do want to clarify that crosswalks do technically exist at every intersection, they are simply unmarked crosswalks. The point being that a driver should not be surprised to find a pedestrian crossing Iowa Drive at Rubey Drive. I would also put forth the idea that the marked and signalized crosswalk at Iowa and HWY 93 would offer a very good opportunity for bikes and pedestrians to access the HWY 93 trail. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. Best regards, Joe Puhr

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    Hello - Now that most improvements on North Washington Avenue are complete, what is the timeline and plan for the actual intersection of Washington Avenue and Hwy 93? Some city literature has stated that improvements to the intersection will include pedestrian and bike accessibility upgrades, but what will those upgrades be? I am curious because I regularly use the bike path along Hwy 93 to walk or bike to the Canyon Point shopping area. However, since Washington Avenue has reopened and regular traffic has resumed, I have almost been hit by a car three times, all by drivers turning right from Washington to go north on 93. Because of those three incidents, I no longer walk my children to daycare, which is located in Canyon Point shopping area. I hope the improvements make that intersection safer for bikes and pedestrians.

    chugh55 asked about 1 year ago

    The light at the intersection of State Hwy 93 and Washington Avenue will be replaced this year by the Colorado Department of Transportation. As a part of that project, a separate defined right turn lane will be constructed on Washington. This will allow the pedestrian trail to cross the right turn lane to a pedestrian refuge before crossing the rest of Washington Ave. This will be a big improvement from the current situation where there are some cars turning and some going straight and pedestrians don’t always know what cars are doing. The project will occur this year, but we do not have a schedule at this time. The City will be replacing the culvert under Washington later this month and the CDOT project will start some time after that.

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    Where can I find information about Lions'Park improvements? Time line mainly. Thank you, Marie Gillis

    mgillis8 asked about 1 year ago

    There is no established date to reopen the playground, other than ASAP! The Lion’s Park Playground safety updates are almost complete. The slide has been replaced, and the surface is scheduled to be poured – weather permitting – Friday. We have asked Mother Nature for three days of 60 degrees and higher temperatures, as the surface will need three days with higher temperatures to get the best adhesion of the safety surface layover before the playground can be reopened for use. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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    Is there a bike path in the master plan from Golden north to 58th? This would sure enhance access for neighborhoods on the north side of North Table Mountain! If so, is it a Golden project or a Jeffco project?

    CindyB asked about 1 year ago

    Hwy 93, north of Pine Ridge and north of where the Golden bike path currently ends, would be on JeffCo property or within CDOT ROW, and outside of Golden’s control. The Golden Bike plan envisions a widened shoulder to allow safer bike access, but funding for a shared use path would be a more ideal solution, to be sure.

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    Are we ever going to be awarded our vehicular travel lanes back on Ford St between 10th and 14th? It would be so lovely to be able to function through our town again :)

    ghydle asked about 1 year ago

    Staff is aware of the congestion along Ford Street and as a result, the corridor was studied and found to be operating at a Level of Service (LOS) of C or better. LOS is a measure of delay and is on a scale of A to F with F being the worst. Golden has adopted a minimum LOS standard of D which is common throughout the traffic operations industry. So while there is room for improvement, the function through town is well within acceptable standards.

    While reverting back to the lane configuration that was present before would add vehicular capacity and improve function, it would also necessitate the removal of the bike lanes that have been added. This would be counter to the City of Golden’s drive to provide complete streets that provide balanced facilities for all modes of transportation. Additionally the single lane configuration will provide the City the potential opportunity in a future project to provide enhanced pedestrian and transit facilities. 

    All of that aside, the City of Golden staff is continuously looking to improve signal operations, especially during peak use times when traffic stacks up, and will continue to monitor and enhance in an effort to improve the safety and convenience of the Ford Street corridor for all modes of transport. We are also planning some modifications to enhance bike safety in the corridor, as well as improvements to wayfinding signage at 14th Street to better direct drivers heading to downtown. This will hopefully reduce the number of drivers making late lane changes at that intersection and improve safety overall.

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    What is happening at the mortuary site in downtown?

    fangacx asked about 1 year ago

    The building at 1100 Washington Avenue was purchased in 2018 to be renovated based on its historic look and façade. The owner is considering restaurant and retail uses for the main floor and either office or residential for the second floor. The project is in the design phase, but no building permit application for the renovation has been submitted yet.

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    The G line train service began a few weeks ago. Is there a way that we can extend service into Golden? I understand that RTD owns the lines into Golden. I live in North Golden neighborhood. It would be nice to walk to train instead of driving 7 miles to Ward Road.

    GBCapaul asked about 1 year ago

    City staff agrees, and has advocated for an eventual G Line extension from Ward Road for some time now, but it has yet to appear on any official RTD expansion list. Since such an extension would be very costly, RTD takes a very cautious approach. In the meantime, staff is also lobbying RTD for a bus extension from Golden to the Ward Road station, similar to the old 44 bus route that was truncated in 2013 and no longer serves Golden. Now that the Golden Line is actually operational, there may be more traction on this idea.

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    I heard that the jeep was recently removed from South Table Mountain. Is that the case? Is the jeep owned by a Golden resident? How was the jeep removed to prevent further damage to South Table? Was a citation issued? What was the citation? What is being done to help prevent others from also driving up to the top of South Table? Thank you! asked about 1 year ago

    Our Police Department said the vehicle on the hill incident was handled by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. You can contact them for more information via their website at

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    Hello there, Was there consideration given to traffic congestion with the building of the new 55 and older, Epogue apartments and new memory care center at Highway 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road? I live in Mesa Meadows and it is almost impossible to make a left hand turn onto Highway 93 with the traffic flow right now. I am concerned that once the apartments and memory care unit open and are functional, traffic will increase and make it truly impossible to leave the neighborhood without going considerably out of the way. We have several accidents per week on this Highway 93 corridor now. After several inquiries, the state has told residents a stop light at Pine Ridge Road and Highway 93 is out of the question due to the proximity of the stop light at Golden Gate Canyon Road and that their traffic studies show regular traffic breaks in north/south travel. It is not uncommon to wait 15-25 minutes to turn onto Highway 93. Thank you for letting all of us who live in the area know if traffic congestion has been a subject of discussion? Joyce Laituri Mesa Meadows III

    J Laituri asked over 1 year ago

    Traffic congestion is always considered as part of new development within the City of Golden.  With respect to a new signal being added to Highway 93 at Pine Ridge Road, it is the understanding of Golden Public Works that CDOT has studied the location for the possible addition of a signal and determined that it did not meet the warrants for signalization as set forth in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). CDOT plans to alter the intersection at HWY 93 and Pine Ridge Road to preclude left turns onto the highway. Drivers wishing to head south on HWY 93 would need to head southward through town to get to either Washington Ave or Iowa Street to then make the left to southbound HWY 93. Once the new development at Epoque and Golden Lodge are completed, drivers wishing to access HWY 93 can simply access Golden Gate Canyon Road to head either north or south via the lighted intersection.

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    I just noticed construction type activity at the south end of Plateau Parkway. What's up?

    mtrout asked over 1 year ago

    The work at the end of Plateau Parkway is geotechnical investigative work for the Hillen property.  This is likely to be a residential development but they have not formally submitted anything yet.

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    I read that you are restricting building permits. I wanted to voice my opinion that I am all for this and more thoughtful approach to growth. There are multiple projects that have been approved and built that I think are not in line with the 'beauty/character' of Golden. How can I do this?

    leightobin asked over 1 year ago

    The best way to track this issue is on the new Guiding Development page here on Guiding Golden. There we'll also let you know of upcoming opportunities for public input.

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    Is there a building moratorium in the City of Golden regarding paired homes and multi family projects? If so how long is the moratorium? During this moratorium will the building committee and the planning committee review projects for paired homes or multi family projects?

    cwillard asked over 1 year ago

    City Council recently enacted a temporary moratorium (until August 1st) on building permits for new “paired homes’ (duplexes) and site plans for multi-family projects. During the period of the moratorium Planning Commission and City Council will be reviewing code amendments to improve such projects. The best way to get additional specific information is to visit the Guiding Development page on Guiding Golden.

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    If the History Museum is commissioning a new mural for its building, shouldn't it wait until moving?

    mesabus asked over 1 year ago

    In anticipation that the History Museum might move, the mural will be painted on a removable substrate. The surface will be comprised of six 4’ x 8’ panels of Dibond (rigid aluminum) with a beveled wooden frame to be attached to the exterior wall. If and when the museum relocates, the panels and frame can be easily reinstalled in a new location.

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    What is the status of the Ward 4 elections scheduled for April 2020? Are they still on? Is it a mail-in ballot?

    Kermit asked 3 months ago

    Ballots are being mailed out to all registered voters in Ward 4 beginning this week. They must be returned no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 28, 2020.  We encourage you to mail in your ballot so that you don't have to be exposed to public places. However, there are two ballot box locations, one at Golden City Hall, 911 10th St. and Jefferson County Elections, 3500 Illinois St. The ballot box at City Hall is accessible 24-hours a day. Voters just need to enter the first set of doors at City Hall and drop their ballot in.  Voter registration status may be checked online at or by contacting the Jefferson County Elections Office at 303-271-8111. The Golden City Clerk's Office can be reached at 303-384-8014.

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    What’s happening on South Table Mountain? There are new signs indicating private property. Is there a plan to prohibit hikers on existing trails? I'm hoping those existing trails will remain accessible. Related, the number of social trails off the 18th St. entrance to South Table has exploded in recent months. Additional signs noting what is a trail and what isn’t may be needed to keep erosion under control.

    janieQ asked 3 months ago

    Currently there is no plan for additional signage.  South Table Mountain property is divided in different parcels. City of Golden owns a limited amount, while the remainder is owned by private individuals or Jefferson County.