Guiding Development

Protected District sample rendering

In order to better ensure that new development in Golden is in step with the neighborhood character goals outlined in Golden Vision 2030 and the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Plans, the City is working with a consultant group on a zoning code audit and rewrite project. If you would like to follow this process, as well as provide input along the way, please go to the Zoning Code Audit and Rewrite page HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNING


In order to better ensure that new development in Golden is in step with the neighborhood character goals outlined in Golden Vision 2030 and the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Plans, the City is working with a consultant group on a zoning code audit and rewrite project. If you would like to follow this process, as well as provide input along the way, please go to the Zoning Code Audit and Rewrite page HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANNING


Ask us a question about development in Golden! We will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Q&A

Didn't receive confirmation?
Seems like you are already registered, please provide the password. Forgot your password? Create a new one now.
  • 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!

    Mik asked 6 months ago

    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 This 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.

    drice7070 asked 12 months ago

    Parking 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 and neighborhoods. 

    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.

    Jrutter asked 12 months ago

    When 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.