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Effective July 20, a temporary (180 day) moratorium was put in place by City Council to allow the City time to complete the zoning code rewrite process. The moratorium prevents construction of any new dwelling unit structures or the expansion of existing dwelling unit structures. This impacts single family, accessory dwelling units, duplex, and multifamily structures.
The moratorium does NOT impact non-household structures such as sheds, detached garages, fences, pergolas, decks, and similar structures. Remodels of existing structures are not impacted either, even those that include new dwelling units within existing square footage (e.g. basement finishes).
Across the country, communities are facing the challenge of an increasing number of people experiencing homelessness and housing crises. Golden and our neighboring cities are all feeling the impact of this national concern. We invite our community to join us as we find ways to effectively and compassionately address this complicated issue.
Read more about how Golden is collaborating with our neighbors with innovative solutions on GuidingGolden.com/homelessness-conversation, and then join us for a Community Meeting in Council Chambers (911 10th St.) and online on August 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
We will have a panel to discuss what is happening regionally and locally in terms of the unhoused population. The panel will end with information about how the City is addressing houselessness and discussing some of the challenges.
If you are interested in recreating in beautiful Clear Creek in Golden, Colorado, here's what you need to know.
Most of Colorado (and all of Jefferson County) is in either an extreme or exceptional drought. As a result, Colorado has activated the municipal drought response of the state’s emergency drought plan in anticipation of a dry 2021. This drought designation calls on municipal water suppliers to begin coordinating a drought response with the assistance of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. In anticipation of continued drought conditions along the front range, Golden is asking water customers to implement the following voluntary restrictions for outdoor water use:
- No watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Limit watering to three days a week.
- Use a hose nozzle and shutoff when watering garden or washing cars.
- Avoid water waste that results in excessive runoff, pooling water, runoff to gutters, streets and alleys and watering or washing hard surfaces like driveways.
In addition, Golden requests the following best practices be considered:
- Wait to start watering until May. Leave lawn dormant a little longer than usual and hand water trees if necessary.
- Use the cycle and soak method to irrigate and adjust watering time each month. Watch a short video about how to implement cycle and soak.
- Check sprinkler system at the beginning of each month and adjust the time.
- Avoid watering during high winds and after rain.
- Repair sprinkler system leaks and breaks or turn off system.
- Let your grass grow longer between mowings.
- Sign up for AquaHawk and monitor your account for leaks, breaks, and unusual use. Check out our AquaHawk FAQs document for more information on how the service can help you identify leaks and save water and money.
And, as always please take advantage of city water conservation programs such as Garden In A Box, free irrigation audits, and our annual water-wise landscaping seminars. You can find information about these programs at www.cityofgolden.net/SaveWater. These programs will help us during this current drought and to meet our long-term conservation goal of reducing water use by 15% by 2030.
Visit our Striving for Racial Equity page at www.guidinggolden.com/striving-for-racial-equity
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.