Zoning Code Audit and Rewrite

Do you have any experience using Golden’s zoning code? We need to hear from you!

The City of Golden has just started a comprehensive project to review and revise its zoning code and entitlement review processes. The first phase of this project is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the code. We want to hear from those who have experience with the code and land use processes. If you would like to provide your input, please click HERE and fill out the brief survey. We sincerely appreciate your time and thoughts.


The City issued a Request for Proposals for firms qualified to conduct a zoning code audit and zoning code rewrite. Four submittals were received and, after an interview and background check process, staff selected a consultant group comprised of Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists, Peter Park Planning and Design, and Metta Urban Design. Staff will be meeting with this team in the first week of September to discuss the scope of the project in more detail, and then meeting with members of City Council and Planning Commission to share and discuss the draft scope before moving forward with approval of the project contract.

The zoning code audit will be the initial phase, and is essentially a diagnoses of the current code and its shortcomings, before then moving on to the code rewrite process. The intent of the audit and rewrite of the zoning code is to streamline and modernize it, make it more user friendly, and bring it into better alignment with GV2030, the Comprehensive Plan and neighborhood plans, as well as the forthcoming Transportation Master Plan.

Do you have any experience using Golden’s zoning code? We need to hear from you!

The City of Golden has just started a comprehensive project to review and revise its zoning code and entitlement review processes. The first phase of this project is to identify strengths and weaknesses of the code. We want to hear from those who have experience with the code and land use processes. If you would like to provide your input, please click HERE and fill out the brief survey. We sincerely appreciate your time and thoughts.


The City issued a Request for Proposals for firms qualified to conduct a zoning code audit and zoning code rewrite. Four submittals were received and, after an interview and background check process, staff selected a consultant group comprised of Pel-Ona Architects and Urbanists, Peter Park Planning and Design, and Metta Urban Design. Staff will be meeting with this team in the first week of September to discuss the scope of the project in more detail, and then meeting with members of City Council and Planning Commission to share and discuss the draft scope before moving forward with approval of the project contract.

The zoning code audit will be the initial phase, and is essentially a diagnoses of the current code and its shortcomings, before then moving on to the code rewrite process. The intent of the audit and rewrite of the zoning code is to streamline and modernize it, make it more user friendly, and bring it into better alignment with GV2030, the Comprehensive Plan and neighborhood plans, as well as the forthcoming Transportation Master Plan.

  • Consultant Chosen

    3 months ago

    On Sept. 18, 2019, members of Planning Commission and City Council met with Planning staff and the consultant chosen for this project. They discussed the scope of the zoning code audit component of the project, prior to approval of the contract by City Council, which will happen at a later date.

    Background:

    The current zoning code, Title 18 of the Golden Municipal Code, was primarily developed in 1973, with some zoning districts dating back to 1960. While numerous additions and amendments to this code have occurred over the past 45 years, the code has never been reviewed and assessed in...

    On Sept. 18, 2019, members of Planning Commission and City Council met with Planning staff and the consultant chosen for this project. They discussed the scope of the zoning code audit component of the project, prior to approval of the contract by City Council, which will happen at a later date.

    Background:

    The current zoning code, Title 18 of the Golden Municipal Code, was primarily developed in 1973, with some zoning districts dating back to 1960. While numerous additions and amendments to this code have occurred over the past 45 years, the code has never been reviewed and assessed in a comprehensive manner. The code began as a typical Euclidean zoning code document, but has since evolved to contain design guidelines and standards, sustainability requirements, downtown regulations with height zone overlays, form-based code elements, and bulk plane regulations. The City is currently working on a number of code changes to address the preservation of neighborhood and community character, as well as the housing needs of the “missing middle” in Golden.

  • Residential Zoning Changes Adopted

    3 months ago

    Over the summer, City Council voted to enact two Ordinances (2110 and 2114) that created new, residential zoning regulations for the Residential 2 (R2) and Residential 3 (R3) zone districts. These changes affect all single-household and multi-household development in the R2 zone district, but will be specifically limited to single-household and two-household developments in the R3 zone district. A brief summary of the regulations include the following:

    • All properties affected by these regulations will be required to satisfy a 50% maximum lot coverage regulation.
    • All redevelopment and new development will be required to construct a front porch element that orients...

    Over the summer, City Council voted to enact two Ordinances (2110 and 2114) that created new, residential zoning regulations for the Residential 2 (R2) and Residential 3 (R3) zone districts. These changes affect all single-household and multi-household development in the R2 zone district, but will be specifically limited to single-household and two-household developments in the R3 zone district. A brief summary of the regulations include the following:

    • All properties affected by these regulations will be required to satisfy a 50% maximum lot coverage regulation.
    • All redevelopment and new development will be required to construct a front porch element that orients the building entrance to the adjacent right-of-way. Corner lots will be given the flexibility of choosing their desired primary frontage to construct the porch element.
    • To reduce the vertical bulk of new construction and pop-tops, all properties affected will be required to satisfy the vertical bulk plane restrictions, also known as a graduated setback. Corner lots will be given the flexibility of choosing their desired primary frontage to apply the vertical bulk plane restrictions.
    • A 35’ maximum building height will be eliminated from the R2 and R3 zone districts except in instances for the R3 zone district where lot sizes are larger (min. 10,500 square feet) and greater side property line setbacks are required.

  • Minor Subdivision Regulations

    3 months ago

    In addition to the residential zoning changes, alterations to the subdivision regulations are enacted to prevent oddly configured lots in Golden’s established neighborhoods. Moving forward, minor subdivisions of land will be limited to six (6) total lot boundaries when processed administratively.


    In addition to the residential zoning changes, alterations to the subdivision regulations are enacted to prevent oddly configured lots in Golden’s established neighborhoods. Moving forward, minor subdivisions of land will be limited to six (6) total lot boundaries when processed administratively.


  • Special Use Permit Regulations

    3 months ago

    Council passed into law a requirement for special use permits in commercial 1 (C1) and commercial 2 (C2) zone districts. The new regulations require that when residential developments are constructed in the C1 and C2 zone district, building lot standards shall be required to follow the R3 zone district as opposed to the C1 or C2 zone district. The R3 building setbacks and building height restrictions are considered more appropriate for residential developments than those provided for commercial developments. Special considerations will be given to C2 properties located within the downtown district.

    For more information regarding these developments, please reference...

    Council passed into law a requirement for special use permits in commercial 1 (C1) and commercial 2 (C2) zone districts. The new regulations require that when residential developments are constructed in the C1 and C2 zone district, building lot standards shall be required to follow the R3 zone district as opposed to the C1 or C2 zone district. The R3 building setbacks and building height restrictions are considered more appropriate for residential developments than those provided for commercial developments. Special considerations will be given to C2 properties located within the downtown district.

    For more information regarding these developments, please reference the enacted ordinance provided at the link below, or contact the City of Golden planning department.

    Municipal Code