Golden City Council approved a new development plan on July 25 for a property known as the Golden Overlook. The Golden Overlook is privately-owned property located approximately between the …
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Golden City Council approved a new development plan on July 25 for a property known as the Golden Overlook.
The Golden Overlook is privately-owned property located approximately between the residential neighborhoods of Golden Heights and Golden Hills, and the C-470 and I-70 junction. It is about 27-acres and zoned as Planned Unit Developments (PUD) residential. The proposal that city council approved on July 25 will keep the PUD zoning, but will additionally allow commercial uses.
The July 25 vote followed a lengthy discussion among city council members and public comment on June 27 when city council decided to table the matter. On May 1, Golden’s Planning Commission voted to recommend that city council deny the request, citing a concern for compatibility with the character of the nearby neighborhoods.
After both the July 25 tabling of the decision and the May 1 Planning Commission recommendation, the developers made minor changes — limitation on building size, for example — to the proposal to best adhere to the requests of the neighbors.
City council’s vote on July 25 was 6-1. Councilman Rob Reed voted no. He said his vote was because he thought the issue should be sent back to Golden Planning Commission, with the additional changes/improvements.
The Golden Overlook property has numerous issues for development and has a complicated history. Its recent history dates back to 2008 when, after a city-initiated rezone from commercial to single family residential occurred in 2005, the property was platted for 92 homes.
However, the property owner has struggled to find a prospective residential developer for the past decade and the property has remained undeveloped.
Neighbors are upset with the many proposals for the property that have come before them in the past couple of decades. A citizens group of residents and neighbors calling themselves Open Space Golden plans to go forward with a ballot initiative, proposing five uses for the land: open space, parkland, hiking/biking trails, community gardening and solar gardens.
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