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On September 22, 2016, the City of Golden received a request that City Council conduct a review of the decision made by Planning Commission on September 7 to approve a Special Use Permit, allowing a proposed redevelopment project at 2350 Ford Street to include 100% residential uses rather than the otherwise required maximum of 75% of the building square footage being dedicated to residential uses. This project has been a topic of discussion in the community, and Council wants all residents to understand the scope and process requirements for such a Council review, which has been scheduled for the regular City Council meeting on October 13 , 2016 at 6:30 p.m..
Although the Planning Commission hearing on September 7, 2016 also included a specific site development plan for the proposal, the provisions of the Golden Municipal Code do not contemplate that Planning Commission’s approval of the site plan may be appealed to City Council. Rather, the Council review will be limited to Planning Commission’s decision to approve the Special Use Permit to increase the percentage of residential use in the building.
Council’s review under this appeal is different from a process where Council would make the initial decision in many ways:
- Council’s review will not be structured as a hearing where they would accept new evidence and testimony. Rather they must limit the information under consideration to the written information and testimony presented to, and considered by, Planning Commission on September 7. The appealing parties and the applicant will be offered the opportunity to make arguments pertaining to the evidence presented to Planning Commission as it relates to the outcome of the prior hearing, but no new comments or evidence can be considered. In this fashion, Council will be acting much like a Court of Appeals and must be very careful to protect the rights of all parties and the integrity of the procedure.
- As a result of the legal limitations on how Council must handle the appeal, they must do their very best to avoid circumstances where residents, for or against the project, may try to engage them in conversation or communications about the development. They should not read emails and letters pertaining to the land use application under appeal, and cannot respond to them. They have been instructed to avoid direct conversations about the project until completion of the appeal process.
- In addition, if individuals seek to address the issue at the general public comment session at the beginning of the October 13, 2016 meeting, the City Attorney will advise City Council that they cannot consider such comments in deciding the appeal, and that continued attempts to introduce new information jeopardize the legal integrity of the Council review.
City Council recognizes that the above protections of law, to assure that the rights of all parties are preserved, can appear awkward or in conflict with our community character where opinions and input are always solicited. However, Council requests that all parties respect the importance of the action Council has been asked to perform and work together to allow Council to fulfill their obligation to review the September 7, 2016 decision in the most fair and appropriate manner.
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The City of Golden recently transitioned to a more streamlined parking permit process. Addresses within a residential permitted area (see areas below) can access the new parking permit portal to obtain their parking permit.
In order to receive a parking permit, simply create an account and conveniently upload any required documentation as outlined below:
- Tenants: a current signed lease showing the tenant's name, property address and landlord contact information.
- Property Owners: a current property tax bill or utility bill showing name and property address.
- Business Owners: a current sales tax license or utility bill showing name and property address.
- Employees of the business will be required to register their vehicles and provide a letter on business letterhead stating they are currently employed with the business.
- Volunteers: a letter on letterhead stating they are a current volunteer at the non-profit permitted address.
All individuals meeting the above requirements will also need to upload a current vehicle registration a provide the license plate number and description (make, model, year, color). Each vehicle must have a current registration on file before a permit will be issued.
Residential Areas in the Parking Program
- CSM North – Zone 1
- CSM South – Zone 2
- Golden High School Zone
- 9th Street Neighborhood – Zone 1
- 9th Street East End – Zone 2
Parking permits are issued by the City to residents of these neighborhoods, within the permit area and are required for parking.
For more information on the parking permit program, including maps of the residential zones included in the program, please visit our Parking Page.
Why use the Water Usage Monitoring System?
- View consumption over a period of time - see your water consumption down to the hour.
- Recognize possible leaks more quickly.
- Take control of your water use. With AquaHawk you don't have to wait for your bill to see how much water you use for everyday activities. You'll see how you're doing, not how you did.
- Set your own personal thresholds and receive text or email alerts.
Learn more on our Water Usage Monitoring page. From there you can register for a free account. All you need is your name, email address and your water account number in this format: 00-000000-000
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March and will continue for several months until completed. Keystone Utility Systems is the City’s contractor for this project and is currently working all over the city. A typical residential replacement will take approximately 20 minutes; a commercial replacement may take several hours. If your meter is in a pit outside, you do not need to do anything. If you have an inside set meter you will need to contact Keystone and schedule an appointment. You can schedule via email at Office@keystoneutilities.com or by phone at 1-877-587-2279 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Keystone has sent out notices to all residents and commercial accounts that will need to set an appointment for the replacement. To date, more than 2,400 units have been replaced. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please remove any items blocking access to the water meter before Keystone arrives to ensure a quick and trouble free replacement.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!