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Zoning Code Update - January 2022: Draft 3 Now Available.

A third draft of the Zoning Code Rewrite is now available for viewing. This new draft reworks Chapter 18.29 (form zones & form types) and 18.40 (landscaping and site design regulations. These changes were made at the request of the city attorney’s office and are primarily focused on tightening up the language, making it legally defensible, and improving clarity throughout both chapters. Though there are a few changes to the regulations that were presented in Draft 2, Draft 3 does not offer much in the way of substantive "policy" changes. However, to help the community identify these changes, a companion document that outlines where these edits have been made is available for your review as well. Finally, a comparison PDF that highlights the direct text changes is also available.

(Form Zone Map)

In addition to the changes made to the code language, a new version of the form zone map is also available for community review {link to pdf}. There is also a web-based version of the map available to utilize as well {link}, just be sure that the “Form Zones for Review Draft 3” layer is active – it should be upon arrival to the page. You’ll know for certain if you see some areas of the map outlined in red. The red outlines are the areas where changes to the form zone map were based off of conversations with the Golden community in the fall of 2021. Tune into the Planning Commission study session on February 16th when these edits will be discussed.

Head over to the main Zoning Code Rewrite Page to view links to these changes. https://www.guidinggolden.com/zoning-code-update

Zone Overlay District Neighborhood Meetings

Thanks to everyone in the Golden Community who participated in our September mapping effort for the new zoning code. We had over 175 individuals inform themselves on various aspects of the new code in September with Guiding Golden. In addition, over 150 individuals attended our three neighborhood meetings.

Part of this engagement effort included surveys about the new map. These were provided both online here on Guiding Golden and in paper form during our live neighborhood meetings. We have collated these responses and will integrate them into our recommendations to City Council as part of the adoption of the new code. In the meantime if you would like to review the responses, they are available below. Each report consists of two parts: Online responses are presented first and the in-person responses follow. Stay tuned for more information down the road.

FAQs and Helpful Resources

Review the latest draft of the Form Zones & Building Form Types section of the updated zoning code, and learn more about the updates and the process.

Q. What’s my current zoning?

A: See our Zoning Map to check your current zoning.

Q: What form-based zoning is proposed for my property?

A: Search our interactive Form Zone Review Map and type in your address.

Q: The new zoning code is a form based code, how does a form based code work?

A: Watch this helpful video to help you understand how a form based code works.

Q: How does the new Golden code function differently from the current zoning code?

A: View this clip from the March 23, 2021 Study Session for an overview of how the updated code would function differently.

Q: How does the new code function ‘better’ than our current zoning code?

A: View this clip from the July 20, 2021 Study Session for an explanation of how the new code would function better.
*Please note, at 12'44", the presenter mistakenly refers to “The current rule of thumb under the NEW code" but meant to say, "The current rule of thumber under the CURRENT code."

Q: What does this code do for the preservation of existing structures?

A: Please view this helpful Preservation Simulation document to see how the code would handle the preservation of existing structures.
In addition, you can check out these simulation documents that provide additional information about our code:

Zoning Code Update - January 2022: Draft 3 Now Available.

A third draft of the Zoning Code Rewrite is now available for viewing. This new draft reworks Chapter 18.29 (form zones & form types) and 18.40 (landscaping and site design regulations. These changes were made at the request of the city attorney’s office and are primarily focused on tightening up the language, making it legally defensible, and improving clarity throughout both chapters. Though there are a few changes to the regulations that were presented in Draft 2, Draft 3 does not offer much in the way of substantive "policy" changes. However, to help the community identify these changes, a companion document that outlines where these edits have been made is available for your review as well. Finally, a comparison PDF that highlights the direct text changes is also available.

(Form Zone Map)

In addition to the changes made to the code language, a new version of the form zone map is also available for community review {link to pdf}. There is also a web-based version of the map available to utilize as well {link}, just be sure that the “Form Zones for Review Draft 3” layer is active – it should be upon arrival to the page. You’ll know for certain if you see some areas of the map outlined in red. The red outlines are the areas where changes to the form zone map were based off of conversations with the Golden community in the fall of 2021. Tune into the Planning Commission study session on February 16th when these edits will be discussed.

Head over to the main Zoning Code Rewrite Page to view links to these changes. https://www.guidinggolden.com/zoning-code-update

Zone Overlay District Neighborhood Meetings

Thanks to everyone in the Golden Community who participated in our September mapping effort for the new zoning code. We had over 175 individuals inform themselves on various aspects of the new code in September with Guiding Golden. In addition, over 150 individuals attended our three neighborhood meetings.

Part of this engagement effort included surveys about the new map. These were provided both online here on Guiding Golden and in paper form during our live neighborhood meetings. We have collated these responses and will integrate them into our recommendations to City Council as part of the adoption of the new code. In the meantime if you would like to review the responses, they are available below. Each report consists of two parts: Online responses are presented first and the in-person responses follow. Stay tuned for more information down the road.

FAQs and Helpful Resources

Review the latest draft of the Form Zones & Building Form Types section of the updated zoning code, and learn more about the updates and the process.

Q. What’s my current zoning?

A: See our Zoning Map to check your current zoning.

Q: What form-based zoning is proposed for my property?

A: Search our interactive Form Zone Review Map and type in your address.

Q: The new zoning code is a form based code, how does a form based code work?

A: Watch this helpful video to help you understand how a form based code works.

Q: How does the new Golden code function differently from the current zoning code?

A: View this clip from the March 23, 2021 Study Session for an overview of how the updated code would function differently.

Q: How does the new code function ‘better’ than our current zoning code?

A: View this clip from the July 20, 2021 Study Session for an explanation of how the new code would function better.
*Please note, at 12'44", the presenter mistakenly refers to “The current rule of thumb under the NEW code" but meant to say, "The current rule of thumber under the CURRENT code."

Q: What does this code do for the preservation of existing structures?

A: Please view this helpful Preservation Simulation document to see how the code would handle the preservation of existing structures.
In addition, you can check out these simulation documents that provide additional information about our code:

  • Can’t make it to the September 23 meeting? No problem, we’ve provided our feedback survey below for your convenience. This is the same feedback survey that will be distributed at the in person meeting. In addition, staff has provided two brief videos below that provide information that will allow you to understand the following:

    • How the new zoning code arranges land uses and density standards into two separate maps: Use Zone Map and Form Zone Map
    • The methodology of how the new Form Zones were applied to properties in commercial zones and residential zones in the central neighborhoods and East Street Neighborhood.

    If you choose to utilize the online method to provide feedback, please follow the instructions provided below:

    1. Review the videos embedded below as a primer to answering the feedback survey.
    2. Check the interactive zoning map to determine what form zone overlay has been applied to your property. The map allows you to search via your address. If you are applied in the “Peripheral” form zone, you are located within the R1 or R1A use zones. If you are applied in the “Transition” form zone, you are located within either the R2 or R3 use zone, which permits multi-family development. If you have Mainstreet A, Mainstreet B, Neighborhood Corridor, or Strip applied to your property, you have commercial zoning (C1, C2, RC, CC1, CC2, Neighborhood Center). Please select either the Commercial or Residential primer video below based on your current zoning.
    3. Complete the short survey that follows.



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  • Can’t make it to the September 20 meeting? No problem, we’ve provided our feedback survey below for your convenience. This is the same feedback survey that will be distributed at the in person meeting. In addition, staff has provided two brief videos below that provide information that will allow you to understand the following:

    • How the new zoning code arranges land uses and density standards into two separate maps: Use Zone Map and Form Zone Map
    • The methodology of how the new Form Zones were applied to properties in the existing C1 and C2 properties, in and around downtown Golden.
    • The methodology of how the new Form Zones were applied to properties in the 8th and 9th Street neighborhoods, 12th Street neighborhoods, and the properties that comprise the Colorado School of Mines campus.

    If you choose to utilize the online method to provide feedback, please follow the instructions provided below:

    1. Review the videos embedded below as a primer to answering the feedback survey.
    2. Check the interactive zoning map to determine what form zone overlay has been applied to your property. The map allows you to search via your address. If you are applied either “Core”, “Transition”, or “Outer Edge” form zones, you are located within the R3 use zone, which permits multi-family development. If you have Mainstreet A, Mainstreet B, or Neighborhood Corridor applied to your property, you have commercial zoning (C1 or C2). Please select either the Commercial or Residential primer video below based on your current zoning.
    3. Complete the short survey that follows.



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  • Can’t make it to the September 8 meeting? No problem, we’ve provided our feedback survey below for your convenience. This is the same feedback survey that will be distributed at the in person meeting. In addition, staff has provided a brief video below that provides information that will allow you to understand the following:

    • How the new zoning code arranges land uses and density standards into two separate maps: Use Zone Map and Form Zone Map
    • The methodology of how the new Form Zones were applied to properties in the existing R2 zone district
    • The methodology of how the new Form Zones were applied to properties in the existing R1 district zone district.

    If you choose to utilize the online method to provide feedback, please follow the instructions provided below:

    1. Review the videos embedded below as a primer to answering the feedback survey.
    2. Check the interactive zoning map to determine what form zone overlay has been applied to your property. The map allows you to search via your address. If you are located in the “Peripheral” form zone, your use zone is R1 and you are permitted to construct single-family structures. If you are applied either “Core”, “Transition”, or “Edge” form zones, you are located within the R2 use zone, which permits multi-family development. Please note that the use zones (R1 and R2) are the same boundaries as the current City zoning. Furthermore, the current zoning uses (single-family / multi-family) are not changing as part of this process.
    3. Complete the short survey that follows.



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