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Golden's planning commission identifies neighborhoods in need of attention

Future discussions to come for five Golden communities


It's all about community.

And that's what Golden's Planning Commission took into consideration during its Jan. 3 discussion on the city's neighborhoods — specifically those that may require attention in the near future.

Golden has seven neighborhood plans and a character plan for the downtown area. These plans serve as a component of the city's Comprehensive Plan. They also help implement the values in the Golden Vision 2030 — a tool that helps guide the city's policy makers to make the best decisions set forth by an integrated set of core community values. Golden Vision 2030 was adopted in December 2010.

Golden Vision 2030 “was a two-year community process,” said Rick Muriby, Golden's planning manager. “What we got is what the community told us.”

Using these guiding principles, the Planning Commission identified a number of Golden's neighborhoods that may come up in planning, zoning or annexation discussions in the near future.

But the top five, in the commissioners' opinion, are, in order of priority: downtown, Golden Terrace and Heritage Square, 24th and Ford streets, South Golden Road and Goosetown.

A memo of the Planning Commission's goals is expected to go to city council in February. The Planning Commission will most likely have a further conversation that is more in depth and specific to certain areas of concern come May.

Golden's neighborhoods that may require attention in the near future:

Downtown Golden

Neighborhoods Plan: Downtown Character Plan

Location: The Downtown Character Plan includes the Clear Creek Corridor to Goosetown, Washington Avenue and Jackson Street to 24th Street.

Why it has the Planning Commission's attention: Downtown development and redevelopment, in particular the Foss Building and Buffalo Rose.


Golden Terrace and Heritage Square

Neighborhoods Plan: South Neighborhoods Plan

Location: The South Neighborhoods Plan includes the south side of U.S. 6 from the C-470 off-ramps west to the foothill slopes.

Why it has the Planning Commission's attention: The South Neighborhoods have already seen significant development, but now questions arise on affordable housing, particularly at Golden Terrace mobile homes, and redevelopment of Heritage Square.


24th and Ford streets

Neighborhoods Plan: Central Neighborhoods

Location: The Central Neighborhoods begin just south of downtown Golden and stretches south to where Rimrock Drive intersects South Golden Road. Ford and Jackson streets are the main transportation corridors through the plan area, and eventually become South Golden Road.

Why it has the Planning Commission's attention: The area has gone through change — in particular, the Golden High School roundabout area — in the recent past, and incremental changes have already begun on lots along the Jackson and Ford streets corridors.


South Golden Road

Neighborhoods Plan: South Golden Road Neighborhoods Plan

Location: Several areas are part of the South Golden Road Neighborhoods Plan. The boundary includes everything east of the intersection of Rimrock Drive and South Golden Road just east of Ulysses, which is the eastern most edge of the city limits. It then extends south to U.S. 6 and includes everything between Ulysses Street and Johnson Road.

Why it has the Planning Commission's attention: This area has a high potential for change, although significant change hasn't happened yet. However, redevelopment could occur in the shopping centers, particularly the one at Johnson Road and the other near Ulysses Street.



Neighborhoods Plan: North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan

Location: The North Clear Creek Neighborhood Plan includes 8th, 9th and 10th streets, the CoorsTek area and Goosetown, which is roughly bounded by Ford Street, Clear Creek, the eastern city limits and Highway 58.

Why it has the Planning Commission's attention: There is potential for significant future change it to become a mixed-use area that could function as an extension to the downtown area.


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