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Land Development Code Update
Background

Arapahoe County’s Planning Division is working with Clarion Associates to update its current zoning, subdivision and land use regulations. The primary focus of this update is the County’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) regulations and procedures.

The goals for these updates include:
  1. Improve the clarity and predictability of the County’s regulations;
  2. Simplify the process for adopting and modifying PUD approvals as market conditions and planning priorities change over time; and
  3. Avoid the use of PUD when other more predictable, efficient, and administrable forms of land use approval are appropriate.

Land Development Code Assessment

The final Land Development Code Assessment was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on January 25, 2016. Based on the recommendations in the Assessment, the Board asked staff to proceed with several updates to the Land Development code: update the PUD process, reorganize the Land Development code, and develop modern base zone districts that can serve as alternatives to PUDs.

Planned Unit Development Changes - 2016

The Code Assessment identified the Planned Unit Development (PUD) chapter as the highest priority and we will be taking this first module to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners this year. While we plan to adopt the regulations this year, they will be effective in March 2017. This will allow time to refine the forms, procedures and checklists that accompany the new regulations.

The Arapahoe County Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions at their November 1, 2016 meeting. The Board of County Commissioners public hearing is Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the East Hearing Room of the Administration Building (5334 S. Prince Street, Littleton, CO 80120).

Land Development Code Reorganization and New Residential Zoning Districts - 2017

The Code Assessment identified the Planned Unit Development (PUD) chapter as the highest priority. It also recommended modernizing the code and creating new residential zoning districts. The modernized code will be reorganized for ease of administration and readability. The updated code will serve as a good base for future changes. The new residential zoning districts will create options that do not currently exist. We’ll post the code here once we have an updated draft. We’ll merge the new PUD chapter with the reorganized code after public hearings in March of 2017.

If you would like to participate, email your comments to LDCRewrite@arapahoegov.com. Also, please attend one of our open houses if you can!

For more information, contact Jason Reynolds, Current Planning Program Manager, Arapahoe County Public Works and Development, at 720-874-6664 or by email at JReynolds@arapahoegov.com.

About Clarion Associates: Clarion Associates is a Denver-based land use consulting firm that has completed over 130 zoning and development code revision projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additional information on Clarion Associates can be found at www.clarionassociates.com.