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Land Development Code

The Land Development Code (LDC) provides the City's regulations for the development and use of property within the city. The City Council adopted the current LDC on May 18, 2020 and it was last amended on October 31, 2020.

The purpose and intent of this Code is to:

  1. Implement the City of Arvada Comprehensive Plan, as that plan may be amended or replaced from time to time;
  2. Ensure that all development in the City is consistent with the spirit and intent of other plans and policies adopted by City Council;
  3. Promote the public health, safety, convenience, comfort, prosperity, and general welfare;
  4. Promote the creation of safe, unique, interesting, inclusive, and economically vibrant places throughout the City;
  5. Protect the quality and character of stable residential neighborhoods;
  6. Promote the economic development and fiscal sustainability of the City;
  7. Encourage efficient and connected multimodal transportation and circulation systems serving drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders;
  8. Encourage the conservation and efficient use of water and other natural resources;
  9. Ensure the provision of adequate public facilities and services for new development and redevelopment;
  10. Provide for the consistent, predictable, and equitable administration of City land use and development regulations;
  11. Implement a connected system of parks, trails, and open spaces that promote improved outdoor activity and public health; and
  12. Provide protection from nuisances and hazards.
 
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ARTICLE 1-1. - PRELIMINARIES

DIVISION 1-1-1. - TITLE, PURPOSE, AUTHORITY, AND APPLICABILITY

DIVISION 1-1-2. - MINIMUM STANDARDS AND COMPLIANCE

DIVISION 1-1-3. - RULES OF CONSTRUCTION AND INTERPRETATION

DIVISION 1-1-4. - RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER CODES, ORDINANCES, AND REGULATIONS

DIVISION 1-1-5. - COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

DIVISION 1-1-6. - EFFECTIVE DATE, TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, AND SEVERABILITY

Chapter 2 - ZONING DISTRICTS

ARTICLE 2-1. - ZONING DISTRICTS AND LOT AND BUILDING STANDARDS

DIVISION 2-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 2-1-2. - ESTABLISHMENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS

DIVISION 2-1-3. - PARKS AND OPEN SPACE AND RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS

DIVISION 2-1-4. - MIXED-USE DISTRICTS

DIVISION 2-1-5. - OLD TOWN DISTRICT

DIVISION 2-1-6. - COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS

DIVISION 2-1-7. - PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

DIVISION 2-1-8. - HOUSING PALETTE

DIVISION 2-1-9. - PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS AND ARTERIAL STREET SETBACKS

DIVISION 2-1-10. - EXCEPTIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS TO LOT AND BUILDING STANDARDS

Chapter 3 - USE REGULATIONS

ARTICLE 3-1. - PRIMARY LAND USE REGULATIONS

DIVISION 3-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 3-1-2. - LAND USE BY ZONING DISTRICT

DIVISION 3-1-3. - USE-SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR PRIMARY LAND USE

DIVISION 3-1-4. - TEMPORARY USES

DIVISION 3-1-5. - BUSINESS USE OF THE HOME

DIVISION 3-1-6. - OIL AND GAS OPERATIONS

Chapter 4 - ENVIRONMENTAL AND SITE DESIGN

ARTICLE 4-1. - ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

DIVISION 4-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-1-2. - FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS

DIVISION 4-1-3. - STORMWATER AND DRAINAGE CONTROL

DIVISION 4-1-4. - NATURAL HAZARDS AND ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE AREAS

DIVISION 4-1-5. - IRRIGATION CANALS AND DITCHES

DIVISION 4-1-6. - CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES

ARTICLE 4-2. - SUBDIVISION STANDARDS

DIVISION 4-2-1. - SUBDIVISION STANDARDS

DIVISION 4-2-2. - CLUSTER SUBDIVISIONS

DIVISION 4-2-3. - SUBDIVISION MONUMENTATION

ARTICLE 4-3. - SITE DESIGN

DIVISION 4-3-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-3-2. - GENERAL STANDARDS FOR SITE DESIGN

DIVISION 4-3-3. - STANDARDS FOR SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENT TYPES

ARTICLE 4-4. - ACCESS, CIRCULATION, MOBILITY, AND UTILITIES

DIVISION 4-4-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-4-2. - ACCESS AND SITE CIRCULATION

DIVISION 4-4-3. - STREETS

DIVISION 4-4-4. - TRANSIT

DIVISION 4-4-5. - UTILITIES

ARTICLE 4-5. - PARKING AND LOADING

DIVISION 4-5-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-5-2. - PARKING AND LOADING CALCULATIONS

DIVISION 4-5-3. - PARKING AND LOADING DESIGN

DIVISION 4-5-4. - USE AND MAINTENANCE OF PARKING AREAS

ARTICLE 4-6. - LANDSCAPING AND BUFFERING

DIVISION 4-6-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-6-2. - TREE PRESERVATION AND REPLACEMENT

DIVISION 4-6-3. - GENERAL LANDSCAPING STANDARDS

DIVISION 4-6-4. - CALCULATION OF LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS

DIVISION 4-6-5. - LANDSCAPE AREAS AND BUFFERYARDS

DIVISION 4-6-6. - REQUIREMENTS BY LANDSCAPE AREA

DIVISION 4-6-7. - ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

DIVISION 4-6-8. - LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTIES

ARTICLE 4-7. - FENCES AND WALLS

DIVISION 4-7-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-7-2. - FENCES AND DIVISIONAL WALLS

ARTICLE 4-8. - EXTERIOR LIGHTING

DIVISION 4-8-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 4-8-2. - GENERAL LIGHTING STANDARDS

Chapter 5 - BUILDING DESIGN

ARTICLE 5-1. - BUILDING DESIGN

DIVISION 5-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 5-1-2. - BUILDING AND STRUCTURE DESIGN STANDARDS

DIVISION 5-1-3. - PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY STREETS

DIVISION 5-1-4. - SUPPLEMENT STANDARDS FOR ALL LAND USES

DIVISION 5-1-5. - SUPPLEMENT STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL LAND USES (EXCEPT MULTIFAMILY)

DIVISION 5-1-6. - SUPPLEMENT STANDARDS FOR NONRESIDENTIAL AND MULTIFAMILY LAND USE

Chapter 6 - SIGNS

ARTICLE 6-1. - SIGNS

DIVISION 6-1-1. - PURPOSE; PUBLIC INTERESTS; FINDINGS; AND RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER REGULATIONS

DIVISION 6-1-2. - APPLICABILITY; EXEMPTIONS; PERMIT EXCEPTIONS; SIGN DISTRICTS; AND MEASUREMENTS

DIVISION 6-1-3. - PROHIBITIONS

DIVISION 6-1-4. - ILLUMINATION AND MESSAGE CENTERS

DIVISION 6-1-5. - PERMANENT SIGNS

DIVISION 6-1-6. - TEMPORARY SIGNS

DIVISION 6-1-7. - MAINTENANCE; HISTORIC SIGNS

Chapter 7 - WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES

ARTICLE 7-1. - WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES

DIVISION 7-1-1. - PURPOSE; PUBLIC INTEREST; FINDINGS; AND RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER REGULATIONS

DIVISION 7-1-2. - OPERATIONAL STANDARDS

DIVISION 7-1-3. - GENERALLY APPLICABLE DESIGN STANDARDS

DIVISION 7-1-4. - ADDITIONAL STANDARDS BY FACILITY TYPE

Chapter 8 - DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCESS

ARTICLE 8-1. - DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BODIES

DIVISION 8-1-1. - CITY STAFF AND REFERRAL AGENCIES

DIVISION 8-1-2. - ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS

ARTICLE 8-2. - GENERAL REVIEW PROCEDURES

DIVISION 8-2-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 8-2-2. - REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS

DIVISION 8-2-3. - STANDARDIZED DECISION-MAKING PROCEDURES

DIVISION 8-2-4. - REQUIRED NOTICES

DIVISION 8-2-5. - ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS

DIVISION 8-2-6. - STUDIES AND REPORTS

ARTICLE 8-3. - SPECIFIC REVIEW PROVISIONS

DIVISION 8-3-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 8-3-2. - LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TEXT AMENDMENTS

DIVISION 8-3-3. - ANNEXATION AND DISCONNECTION

DIVISION 8-3-4. - ZONING AND REZONING

DIVISION 8-3-5. - SITE DEVELOPMENT AND TEMPORARY USES

DIVISION 8-3-6. - WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FACILITIES

DIVISION 8-3-7. - SIGN PERMITS AND ALTERNATIVE SIGN PROGRAMS

DIVISION 8-3-8. - SUBDIVISIONS

DIVISION 8-3-9. - VACATION OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY; TERMINATION OF EASEMENTS

DIVISION 8-3-10. - PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT

DIVISION 8-3-11. - EXCEPTIONS, VARIANCES, MODIFICATIONS, AND INTERPRETATIONS

DIVISION 8-3-12. - VESTED RIGHTS

DIVISION 8-3-13. - AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING APPROVALS

ARTICLE 8-4. - REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS, DEDICATIONS, AND FEES

DIVISION 8-4-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 8-4-2. - DEVELOPMENT REVIEW FEES

DIVISION 8-4-3. - LAND DEDICATION; FEES-IN-LIEU; AND DEVELOPMENT FEES

DIVISION 8-4-4. - PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS, WARRANTIES, AND UTILITIES

DIVISION 8-4-5. - DEVELOPMENT-RELATED AGREEMENTS AND COVENANTS

Chapter 9 - NONCONFORMITIES

ARTICLE 9-1. - NONCONFORMITIES

DIVISION 9-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 9-1-2. - NONCONFORMING USES

DIVISION 9-1-3. - NONCONFORMING BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

DIVISION 9-1-4. - NONCONFORMING SIGNS

DIVISION 9-1-5. - NONCONFORMING LOTS OR RESIDENTIAL DENSITY

Chapter 10 - ENFORCEMENT

ARTICLE 10-1. - ENFORCEMENT

DIVISION 10-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 10-1-2. - VIOLATIONS, REMEDIES, AND PENALTIES

DIVISION 10-1-3. - ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES

Chapter 11 - MEASUREMENTS, RULES OF CONSTRUCTION, AND DEFINITIONS

ARTICLE 11-1. - MEASUREMENTS

DIVISION 11-1-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

ARTICLE 11-2. - ACRONYMS

DIVISION 11-2-1. - PURPOSE OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 11-2-2. - ACRONYMS

ARTICLE 11-3. - DEFINITIONS

DIVISION 11-3-1. - PURPOSE AND APPLICATION OF ARTICLE

DIVISION 11-3-2. - INTERPRETATION

DIVISION 11-3-3. - DEFINITIONS

LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE - APPENDICES

Appendix A. - Design Guidelines for Olde Town Arvada.
Appendix B. - Design Guidelines for the Reno Park Historic.