Zoning Code Audit and Rewrite

Initial Outreach Results

The consultant team has completed a summary for the initial/early phase of the code audit outreach process. The outreach effort included a brief survey administered through this webpage, requesting general feedback of the zoning code. Individuals who provided feedback were also invited to participate in stakeholder interviews in order to gather more refined details about their experiences with the code. Several individuals including local residents, developers, and professional service providers (e.g. architects, engineers) provided valuable and informative comments.

All of the feedback from the stakeholder interviews has been summarized in the Initial Outreach Findings memo. Please bear in mind, this is NOT the formal audit report - it is a summary of outreach responses. In addition, information from online surveys that were completed at the time of publishing were also included in the summary. Any additional survey responses provided in February 2020 will be integrated into the final audit report. Both surveys have been closed as of March 1, 2020. The results of those surveys are available in the document center on this page.

What's Next?

In addition to public outreach, the consultant team has been busy analyzing the urban form of the community, researching the zoning code, and comparing these things to our long-range policy documents. The most important exercise of the audit process is determining how the urban form of Golden's buildings and the zoning code regulations align with our long-range vision. This consideration will form the basis of the Code Audit Report, which is due to be completed this spring. This final report will be reviewed by City Council in a public setting on a soon-to-be confirmed date. Stay tuned for more details.


Code Audit Description

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 met with this team in the first week of September to discuss the scope of the project in more detail, and then 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 is the initial phase, and is essentially a diagnosis 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 recently finalized Transportation Master Plan.

Initial Outreach Results

The consultant team has completed a summary for the initial/early phase of the code audit outreach process. The outreach effort included a brief survey administered through this webpage, requesting general feedback of the zoning code. Individuals who provided feedback were also invited to participate in stakeholder interviews in order to gather more refined details about their experiences with the code. Several individuals including local residents, developers, and professional service providers (e.g. architects, engineers) provided valuable and informative comments.

All of the feedback from the stakeholder interviews has been summarized in the Initial Outreach Findings memo. Please bear in mind, this is NOT the formal audit report - it is a summary of outreach responses. In addition, information from online surveys that were completed at the time of publishing were also included in the summary. Any additional survey responses provided in February 2020 will be integrated into the final audit report. Both surveys have been closed as of March 1, 2020. The results of those surveys are available in the document center on this page.

What's Next?

In addition to public outreach, the consultant team has been busy analyzing the urban form of the community, researching the zoning code, and comparing these things to our long-range policy documents. The most important exercise of the audit process is determining how the urban form of Golden's buildings and the zoning code regulations align with our long-range vision. This consideration will form the basis of the Code Audit Report, which is due to be completed this spring. This final report will be reviewed by City Council in a public setting on a soon-to-be confirmed date. Stay tuned for more details.


Code Audit Description

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 met with this team in the first week of September to discuss the scope of the project in more detail, and then 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 is the initial phase, and is essentially a diagnosis 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 recently finalized Transportation Master Plan.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Part of the zoning code audit and rewrite process will evaluate how to better align the City’s policy documents (Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans etc.) with the zoning regulations. These policy documents often speak to the preservation of Golden’s “small-town character”. This survey has only one question - we want to know what area of the City best represents this concept.


    Part of the zoning code audit and rewrite process will evaluate how to better align the City’s policy documents (Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans etc.) with the zoning regulations. These policy documents often speak to the preservation of Golden’s “small-town character”. This survey has only one question - we want to know what area of the City best represents this concept.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey is an open invitation to participate in a public outreach process for our zoning code audit. 

    This survey is an open invitation to participate in a public outreach process for our zoning code audit. 

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