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Project Purpose

In the summer of 2017, the City began the process to update the Land Development Code (LDC). The current version of the LDC was enacted in 2008 and although there have been many updates to the LDC, there are improvements that can be made. While other plans, studies, and policy documents will be considered in the LDC update, the key objectives of the Advance Arvada project are to:  

  • Create an effective set of regulations that ensures future growth is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and other City plans;
  • Promote pedestrian‐friendly, human‐scale and livable development with a variety of travel choices;
  • Make the LDC easier to understand and use.
  • Allow infill and redevelopment, where appropriate; and
  • Encourage a mix of uses in appropriate locations.

The Project Work Plan

The update of the LDC is a complex project that will take approximately 24 months to complete. The work plan, shown below, is made up of five phases. There are opportunities for public input throughout the process.

Work plan for LDC update with five phases over two years.









Phase 1: Project Initiation

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

In this phase we will:

  • Establish the Advisory and Technical Committees that will provide oversight and comments on issues, and meet at regular intervals throughout the process;
  • Identify priority topics and issues through a series of focus group meetings and workshops with City Council and Planning Commission;
  • Update the LDC assessment documents that were completed in 2014. (These can be found on the Documents page.) These revised assessment documents are important because they will identify general policy directions and important issues to address; and
  • Finalize the major policy and zoning issues that will form the basis for the next phase.

Phase 2: Code Module Preparation

Winter 2017 - Fall 2018

This is the phase when the text of the new LDC will be prepared. The new LDC will be written in three parts, or modules, and each draft module will be placed on this website for public comments and will also be presented to the public at open houses. The first module will be available for public review in the spring of 2018. Each module will also be presented to the Advisory and Technical Committees, and City Council and Planning Commission for review and comment. 

Phase 3: Draft LDC Consolidation

Fall 2018 - Summer 2019

In this phase, the three code modules will be combined into the draft LDC which will be placed on this website for public comments. The draft LDC will be presented to the Advisory and Technical Committees, City Council and Planning Commission, and to the public at an open house.

Phase 4: Remapping of Zoning Districts

Fall 2019

During this phase, the zoning map will be updated with any new zoning districts as well as modifications to existing zoning districts. The new zoning map will be on this website and the public will be able to view the differences between the existing and proposed zoning.

Phase 5: Public Hearings and Adoption

Early 2020

This is the final phase when the draft LDC and the updated zoning map are completed and presented to Planning Commission and City Council for review and approval. 

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will meet at key points in the LDC update process to provide comments and strategic direction. The Committee members are:

  • Fred Bauters, Neighborhood representative
  • Alan Best, Neighborhood representative
  • Steve Camins, Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) Board of Directors
  • Patricia Connell, Planning Commission
  • Shelley Cook, Neighborhood representative
  • Ken Cope, Development community representative
  • Michelle DeLaria, Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) Commissioner
  • Bob Fifer, Arvada Councilmember At-Large
  • Nancy Ford, Arvada Councilmember, District 1
  • Michael Griffith, Planning Commission
  • Fong Lee, Design Review Advisory Committee
  • Mindy Mohr, Neighborhood representative
  • Janet Ochsner, Neighborhood representative
  • Matthew Pythero, Design Review Advisory Committee
  • Fred Schmidt, Neighborhood representative
  • David Thorpe, American Planning Association
  • Wally Weart, Transportation Committee
  • Moni Piz-Wilson, Arvada Urban Renewal Authority (AURA) Commissioner
  • Nancy Young, Neighborhood representative

The Advisory Committee will meet at the following times at Arvada City Hall and the meetings are open to the public:

  • April 12, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., CCR room
  • May 17, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Anne Campbell room
  • July 12, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., CCR room
  • August 16, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Anne Campbell room
  • October 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., CCR room.
  • February 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, Anne Campbell room
  • May 16, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, Anne Campbell room
  • July 25, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, Anne Campbell room