Development seems to be way above the limits as set by the growth laws. What are you doing to control and limit growth? I do not want Arvada and Golden to ever meet. Please protect our open space!
Residential projects that are within Golden’s jurisdiction are
managed through the City’s 1% growth ordinance, and you can read more about how
that process works by going to https://cityofgolden.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=c684204680db432091edfa253ce33327
does not, however, pertain to commercial projects, which are not restricted in
number but must adhere to Golden’s zoning code and Site Plan review process.
You can read more about the associated regulations and public hearing process
for new development projects at https://cityofgolden.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=0276905c44494b56b486bbc00f3792b8
Development that is outside the City’s boundaries is more
difficult to control, as this falls under a different jurisdiction, namely Jefferson
County. While Golden can help influence the type of development that happens at
our borders, the ultimate decision is still that of Jefferson County unless the
City purchases the land. There has been talk within the community in recent
months about the desire for a dedicated open space fund, and that would be one
way to proactively limit growth at our borders.
As part of this initiative, will the City please consider increasing the number of parking spaces required per unit for new development? The current requirement is inadequate, and has led to tenants parking additional vehicles in public parking spaces on the streets and elsewhere to the extent that now we have to pay to shop downtown businesses.
ratios for development continue to be one of the areas that the City evaluates
on an on-going basis. This is a good suggestion and may be part of this
round or future rounds of code reviews.
In terms of downtown, the
implementation of the parking management system was not related to parking
shortages but rather an effort to use a pricing model for all day parking users
to encourage School of Mines patrons to park on campus rather than in downtown
Interestingly, our monthly records for use of
the parking lots and structures show that 75% of the transactions downtown are
the free 2 hour parking option. When combined with the free 2 hour
on-street parking available downtown, about 90% of total users still park for
free. It appears that this system has been very successful in
assuring easily available parking for downtown users
When a person requests an exemption, how does the City define "hardship"? No definition is provided in the Code.
City Council enacted Ordinance 2104, they were advised by the City Attorney
that it is prudent to have a process for a special exception when a temporary
moratorium is enacted. Since the moratorium is a temporary measure,
neither the process nor criteria appear in the City Municipal Code.
Rather, City Council will need to deliberate and on a case by case basis
determine the meaning of the term “undue and substantial hardship”.
There may be different factors on a case by case basis, but in the end, Council
will need to deliberate as a group and make such a determination. Given
the unique nature of the situation, such a determination will always be on a
case by case basis and would not be considered precedent.