Help Modernize Parker's Land Development Ordinance

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The Town of Parker's Community Development Department is beginning a three-year project in early 2019 to modernize our community's Land Development Ordinance (LDO), and we need your help!

The current LDO was originally adopted at the time of the Town's incorporation in 1981 from County zoning. Portions of the LDO have stayed unchanged for over 30 years, while others have been revised in response to policy changes over time. These incremental updates and revisions have created gaps, inconsistencies and ambiguity within the regulations – resulting in challenges for the public, the development community and Town staff as the LDO is interpreted and implemented. The Town, along with consultant team Clarion Associates, will modernize the LDO into a user-friendly document.

The updated LDO will facilitate a more transparent, modern and efficient approach to how the Town manages future growth and development by better aligning the LDO with the vision, goals and policies of the Parker 2035 Master Plan and other adopted planning documents. Other benefits of this project include adoption of best practices in zoning and a more efficient, easier-to-use regulation.

Modernizing the LDO is a complex process and requires a thoughtful approach. Because of this, the project will take approximately 36 months and is scheduled for completion by the end on 2021. Keep visiting this official project page here on Let’s Talk Parker to get involved with this important project!

The Town of Parker's Community Development Department is beginning a three-year project in early 2019 to modernize our community's Land Development Ordinance (LDO), and we need your help!

The current LDO was originally adopted at the time of the Town's incorporation in 1981 from County zoning. Portions of the LDO have stayed unchanged for over 30 years, while others have been revised in response to policy changes over time. These incremental updates and revisions have created gaps, inconsistencies and ambiguity within the regulations – resulting in challenges for the public, the development community and Town staff as the LDO is interpreted and implemented. The Town, along with consultant team Clarion Associates, will modernize the LDO into a user-friendly document.

The updated LDO will facilitate a more transparent, modern and efficient approach to how the Town manages future growth and development by better aligning the LDO with the vision, goals and policies of the Parker 2035 Master Plan and other adopted planning documents. Other benefits of this project include adoption of best practices in zoning and a more efficient, easier-to-use regulation.

Modernizing the LDO is a complex process and requires a thoughtful approach. Because of this, the project will take approximately 36 months and is scheduled for completion by the end on 2021. Keep visiting this official project page here on Let’s Talk Parker to get involved with this important project!

  • Virtual Online Community Meeting Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6 PM for the Public Draft of LDO Module 1 - Zoning Districts and Uses

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    You are invited to join us at a virtual online community meeting on Thursday, May 21st for the first of three installments of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) Modernization project - the public draft of Module 1 - Zoning Districts and Uses.

    Community Development Planning staff and consultant Clarion Associates will present a brief presentation of the proposed changes to the Chapter 13 sections mentioned in the previous News Feed below - followed by a Q & A session.

    For more information on how to access this virtual meeting, visit the event listing on the Town’s online calendar.

  • LDO Module 1 - Zoning Districts & Uses Public Draft Now Available for Review

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    The first of three installments, Module 1 - Zoning Districts and Uses, has been completed and is now available for public review and comment through May 22, 2020. The document can be found in the 'Document Library' on this project page.

    The Community Development Department's Planning Division, along with our consultant Clarion Associates, is currently preparing a comprehensive update of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) for the first time since its adoption in 1981. The LDO, Title 13 of the Parker Municipal Code, governs lands use and development within the Town. Its purpose is to preserve and promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the community. It is one of the most important tools to implement the vision and goals of the Parker 2035 Master Plan - including guiding growth and development in the Town of Parker.

    This first installment public draft covers the following sections within the LDO:

    • Chapter 13.02: Rules of Construction and Definitions (Partial)
    • Chapter 13.04: Zoning Districts
    • Chapter 13.05: Use Regulations
    • Chapter 13.06: Oil and Gas Regulations
    • Chapter 13.07: Marijuana Facilities

    Also included in this installment are general formatting changes and minor corrections to style and grammar that allows for easier reading and navigating the Code.

    To assist in your review, Clarion has provided a Memorandum to Module 1, also found in the Document Library. This memorandum summarizes the major changes in the public draft as compared to the current LDO. The proposed changes in this draft are based on the previous work in phase 1, including community and stakeholder outreach and meetings - resulting in the LDO Diagnostic Report, Annotated Outline and Project Charter that will inform the project.

    Comments can be added to the 'Comments & Ideas' tab, or emailed to the Project Managers.

    Next Steps – Comments from the public review period will help to inform the final draft of Module 1. When completed, the Module 1 final draft will be posted on this project website in anticipation of insertion into the final ‘Consolidated Draft’ of the new LDO. The Consolidated Draft will include all three modules and represent the new Land Development Ordinance.

  • LDO Project Charter Completed!

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    The Town and Clarion Associates have recently completed development of the Project Charter for the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) Modernization project. The Charter generally describes the project and how the Town and Clarion will move forward with updating and modernizing our LDO.

    The Project Charter serves as a project reference/executive summary and provides information on the following:

    • Project objectives
    • Key issues with the LDO
    • Zoning approach framework
    • Expected outcomes
    • Planning process and outreach
    View the Project Charter document online today: LDO Modernization Project Charter

    Next steps in the LDO project include moving into phase 2, drafting of the new LDO - chapter 13 of the Municipal Code. Drafting the LDO will be completed in three modules starting with module 1, Zoning Districts and Land Uses.

  • Join us for the Land Development Ordinance – Modernization Project Community Open House #2

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    Land Development Ordinance – Modernization Project Community Open House
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019∙ 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ∙ Town Hall (20120 Mainstreet)

    You are invited to join the Town of Parker and consultant Clarion and Associates for Community Open House #2 for the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) Modernization Project - June 12, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall (20120 Mainstreet)!

    This open house will consist of a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the recently completed LDO Diagnostic Report and Annotated Outline - an analysis of the Town's current development code and recommendations for moving forward with the LDO update - followed by a question-and-answer period with an opportunity to provide feedback.

    If you are unable to make this meeting, we still want to hear your input! View the 'Diagnostic Report May 2019' in the Document Library, then click on the Comments & Ideas tab above to leave your feedback!

  • Join Us for our First Community Meeting on Feb. 20!

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    Land Development Ordinance – Modernization Project Community Meeting
    Wednesday, Feb. 20 ∙ 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ∙ The Schoolhouse (19650 Mainstreet)

    You are invited to help the Town of Parker kick off the update and modernization of its current Land Development Ordinance (LDO)! Please join us for a community meeting on Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Schoolhouse in downtown Parker (19650 Mainstreet). This meeting will consist of a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about this very significant Town initiative followed by a question-and-answer period with an opportunity to provide initial feedback.

    If you are unable to make this meeting, we still want to hear your feedback! Click on the Survey tab above to get started!