Golden City Council adopts Phase I of municipal code changes

Large residential development moratorium remains in place

Posted 6/18/19

In the midst of a four-month moratorium on large residential developments in Golden, city council voted unanimously June 13 to pass Phase I of changes to the Golden Municipal Code. Phase I includes …

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Golden City Council adopts Phase I of municipal code changes

Large residential development moratorium remains in place

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In the midst of a four-month moratorium on large residential developments in Golden, city council voted unanimously June 13 to pass Phase I of changes to the Golden Municipal Code.

Phase I includes lot and bulk standards for residential developments in the R-2 and R-3 zone districts. R-2 zones allow buildings to have one to four household dwelling units per lot. R-3 zones additionally allow multiple household dwelling units as well as institutional uses such as group homes, rooming and boarding houses, schools, libraries churches, states city documents.

Phase I changes for lot coverage and height

The maximum height for buildings with one dwelling unit in the R-3 district is 30 feet. Buildings in the R-3 district that have more than two dwelling units and located on a lot that is more than 10,500 square feet in area are allowed to be 35 feet in height.

A two-family household building and its accessory building in the R-2 and R-3 zone districts may not exceed more than 50% of the total lot area. An exception is if the building has an unenclosed front porch that is a minimum size of 48 square feet and a minimum depth of five feet.

Moratorium’s effects

Prompted by Golden residents voicing concerns about large development projects not matching neighborhood character, Golden City Council implemented a 120-day moratorium on March 21 that affects three types of land use cases:

• The issuance of building permits for structures with two or more dwelling units located in R-2 and R-3 zoning.

• Applications for site plan approval of multihousehold-dwelling buildings.

• Special Use Permit applications that request for more than 75 percent of a development being built in a commercial/manufacturing zone — C-1, C-2 and M-2 — be residential. This includes Community Mixed Use Zone Districts that currently allow multifamily residential uses be built among businesses and public spaces.

The moratorium does not pertain to residential remodels and additions; single-family home construction; commercial, industrial or Colorado School of Mines construction.

What’s next?

The June 13 vote lifts a portion of the moratorium specific to the issuance of building permits and variance requests for new duplexes in R-2 and R-3 zone districts.

Still on hold are the issuance of building permits for multihousehold developments citywide and Special Use Permit applications that request 100% of development in a commercial or Community Mixed Use Zone Districts be residential.

City planner Cory Miller noted that Planning Commission continues to discuss these various code changes and that good progress is being made. He expects another phase to come to council this July and for all changes to be made and adopted before the last day of the moratorium, which is Aug. 1.

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