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You may submit your nomination in one of three ways:
Email nominations to:
Deliver in person to:
City Hall, 911 10th St.
Attn: Alex Mansfield
This will be the ninth year for the Mayor’s Community Celebration, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30 at the Ben H. Parker Student Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus, 1200 16th St.
After residents expressed concerns regarding the results of some of the new development projects in their neighborhood, the Golden City Council enacted a temporary moratorium on new multi-household developments in order to give staff the opportunity to revise the existing zoning code to align better with the character of the neighborhood. Since then, City planners, the Planning Commission, and City Council worked hard to address and update the code, with significant help from the public who provided great feedback and ideas.
As a result, the moratorium on new multi-household development officially expired and many changes are now in place. Phase 1 was approved by Council in May, and these changes include new bulk plane regulations for additions or new structures. In July, Phase 2 changes to the R-2 and R-3 zone districts were adopted by Council.
Phase 2 changes include the following:
- Allowable encroachments into the new bulk plane standards for normal rooftop features like eaves and mechanical equipment for the home
- Restrictions on Minor Subdivisions to prevent the manipulation of lot lines to increase developable area on a property
- Special Use Permits for residential structures in commercial zone districts must now follow R-3 residential zoning requirements
Restrictions on rooftop decks were discussed but not adopted into code, though it is possible an amended version will be brought forward at a later date.
Planning Commission also recommends a number of other code changes for City Council discussion at their study session on Sept. 19, pertaining to the following:
- Incentives for preservation of existing structures
- Regulations to allow dormers within the new bulk plane standards
- Revisions to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations
- Updates to the definition of “household” in Golden
For a complete look at the entire process, all documents pertaining to these changes, and timelines, visit www.GuidingGolden.com under Guiding Development.
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!