West Downtown Neighborhood Plan

West Downtown Plan

The West Downtown Plan is currently being drafted, and the draft plan will be made available to the public for comment on Guiding Golden by the end of October 2019, prior to being reviewed at Planning Commission.

The second survey for this project is closed and the results have been tallied. We have included those results in the document center and at the link below. Staff's draft of the plan will include short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals for the West Downtown area based on your feedback. The drafting of the plan will occur into the early fall with the final

The West Downtown Plan is currently being drafted, and the draft plan will be made available to the public for comment on Guiding Golden by the end of October 2019, prior to being reviewed at Planning Commission.

The second survey for this project is closed and the results have been tallied. We have included those results in the document center and at the link below. Staff's draft of the plan will include short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals for the West Downtown area based on your feedback. The drafting of the plan will occur into the early fall with the final document set to be released by the end of the year. Thank you to all who participated in the public outreach effort, your feedback was tremendous.

West Downtown Survey Results - 2018 Survey

Survey No. 2 - Overall Results

Survey No. 2 - Results_Demographic Breakout


Through this process the Planning Division has identified areas of stability and areas of change. Areas of stability are those properties where no significant change in development pattern or intensity is anticipated. The areas of stability identified in the West Downtown plan are those properties that comprise the 12th Street Historic District and some properties around the periphery of the neighborhood that have recently seen development. In addition, there are several historically-registered buildings such as Astor House, the Armory, Calvary Church, and History Park that will function as areas of stability. While there may be renovations or redevelopment within areas of stability, the character and zoning is not anticipated to change. Conversely, the commercially zoned properties, city-owned properties, and the public right-of-way in the West Downtown are viewed as areas that may see greater changes in the future (E.G. Areas of Change).




Neighborhood plans serve a variety of purposes; however, they most commonly provide guidelines for the future development of properties and various improvements recommended within their boundaries, and can lead to recommendations for zoning changes as well. Although neighborhood plans are not regulatory documents, their analysis does come into play when approving the rezoning of property or special use permits. With the creation of a new neighborhood plan comes the opportunity to evaluate the current developments within a neighborhood and determine if a more appropriate land use is desired for the future.

The results of our Fall 2018 survey revealed that the community of Golden strongly favors a neighborhood serving commercial uses, mixed-use developments, and starter homes be prioritized through future development. All of these uses are currently permitted by right under the existing zoning of C-2 (areas of change), though there may be allowed uses identified during this community engagement process that should be limited in some way. With this in mind, staff feels that evaluation efforts should be focused in areas where change is wanted and change can occur, but current municipal priorities do not align. The results of the survey indicate that the community wants better connections through the neighborhood and an emphasis placed on the enhancement of the right-of-way space. Respondents are split however, on their opinions with regards to traffic and mobility. A majority of survey respondents prefer that pedestrian connectivity and alternative mobility options be promoted in the plan. However, there remains a strong contingent in the community that prefer parking to be preserved and enhanced.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We need your input regarding the future of West Downtown. Please help us by answering a few questions about how you would shape this neighborhood in the future.

    We need your input regarding the future of West Downtown. Please help us by answering a few questions about how you would shape this neighborhood in the future.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Welcome! Thank you for your continued support during this planning process. Below you will find survey no. 2. This survey will be closed at the end of May, 2019.

    Welcome! Thank you for your continued support during this planning process. Below you will find survey no. 2. This survey will be closed at the end of May, 2019.

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