Golden United hosts experts, locals to provide education at community event

'Planning and zoning is a complicated process'

Posted 5/15/19

Development in Golden is not the same as it was 100 years ago or 50 years ago. A new character is created with each evolution of time, said Peter Park, the former director of planning for Denver and …

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Golden United hosts experts, locals to provide education at community event

'Planning and zoning is a complicated process'

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Development in Golden is not the same as it was 100 years ago or 50 years ago.

A new character is created with each evolution of time, said Peter Park, the former director of planning for Denver and Milwaukee, who is currently an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Denver.

Park was one of four speakers on May 7, for Golden United's Planning and Zoning Educational Event. About 50 people attended the meeting.

“The importance of (a) plan is that it sets the policies for future development,” Park said. Zoning can be thought of as the rules, or “a tool for implementing plans.”

He added that planning and zoning are not the same thing.

Park presented there are two types of zoning — conventional, which is focused on use; and form-based, which can be more specific to the form and character of the neighborhood.

“There was a lot of good information presented, and there was a lot of good discussion,” said Diana Hoppin, who has lived in Golden for about 40 years. “Planning and zoning is a complicated process. There's a lot to know about it.”

Golden United decided to host the event following a March 21 city council decision to implement a temporary moratorium on multi-unit residential development. During the approximate four months of the moratorium, Planning Commission and city staff will review potential amendments to the Golden Municipal Code.

Golden City Councilman Casey Brown said the city seems to be on track to make possible code changes in July.

Brown also spoke on behalf of Golden resident Tom Schweich, who prepared a presentation on how Golden residents can work with the city to help influence planning and zoning.

Golden Planning Commissioner Matt Burde presented information how the community can work with Planning Commission and Nore Winter, owner of the planning and design firm Winter & Company presented some basics of design guidelines.

“Every community's unique,” he said, “physically and culturally.”

Jason Henning, along with his wife and two children, moved to Golden from the Sloan's Lake area — where they had been living since 1999 — about two-and-a-half months ago.

He pointed out the family has always loved Golden and visited frequently, but added he is still learning about the community.

“I want to get my head around the development plans for Golden,” Henning said. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. There's a lot more for me to learn.”

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