Proposed Changes to Adams County Development Standards and Regulations (PLN2018-00033)
Adams County is proposing certain changes to its land use development standards and regulations and inviting all residents to attend a number of upcoming scheduled meetings to discuss the changes.
Please know that residents can attend any or all of the scheduled meetings. Also, those unable to attend the meeting can still review the proposed regulations and provide a response. The County values your input and is looking forward to your participation in the continued efforts to create a healthy livable community. Please feel free to send your comments on any of the proposed code amendments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: December 5, 2018
Location: Adams County Human Services Building
Time: 11 a.m-1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m-7 p.m.
Date: December 12, 2018
Location: Adams County Government Center
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The changes to the development standards and regulations are summarized below:
The intent of the proposed landscape code amendments is to consolidate the County’s current landscape-related regulations into one section of the development regulations (Section 4-16, or the Landscaping Performance Standards) to improve usability of the standards. The amendments will also provide specified standards on obtaining relief from the required landscape regulations.
Clearing and Grading Permits:
The County’s current development standards and regulations do not have standards or procedure for requiring a permit for clearing and grading of property. In the past, the absence of such a well defined standards for clearing and grading has allowed land owners to landscape and grade, or change topography on their property without a permit. This undefined permitting requirement has caused several adverse effects on properties in identified neighborhoods and surrounding properties. The proposed regulations would allow the County to review certain clearing and grading of properties to ensure that all stormwater regulations are being met and that surrounding properties are not being adversely affected.
Solar Energy Facilities:
The intent of this proposed regulation is to increase efficiency of reviewing applications for solar energy development and facilities in the County. Some of the proposed regulations will be to allow staff review and approval of such facilities in a selected number of zoning districts that previously required approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Majority of the proposed changes have been the results of a special review and advice from the Department of Energy.
Residential Keeping of Chickens and Bees
The purpose of these amendments is to allow household chicken and bee-keeping and promote urban agriculture where adequate land is available. Potential code amendments would include, but not be limited to: residential compatibility; requirements for coops and hives (e.g. location, setbacks and predator protection); basic needs provisions and nuisance prevention; prohibitions (e.g. roosters and aggressive bees); and number of hens or hives allowed per residence.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
The County’s 2018 Balanced Housing Plan provides strategies for obtaining a balance of housing supply in the County, which includes the opportunities to add to the “missing middle” housing stock, including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are a housing type that can increase density while utilizing existing infrastructure. Regulatory considerations would include, but not be limited to: location of ADUs in residential areas near employment and urban centers that have greater potential to accommodate increases in density; design requirements that provide for neighborhood compatibility; parking requirements; provisions related to home occupations and legal non-conforming structures as well as permitting and process requirements.
Multifamily Parking Requirements
These code amendments will consider changes to the County's requirements for multifamily parking standards that provide an adeqaute amount of parking with new development or redevelopment, recognizing that a balance must be reached between insufficient parking and over parking. The County will be reviewing other jurisdictions' multifamily parking regulations and considering ratios related to number of bedroom units.
Development Review Team
This report provides information about upcoming projects to be reviewed by the County’s Development Review Team (DRT). This team is comprised of county staff and outside agencies. Development proposals for major projects in unincorporated Adams County often come through the DRT for an initial review before formal submittal.
Scheduled Land Use Cases
Below you will find a report of scheduled land use cases that require one or more public hearings before the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, or Board of County Commissioners. The report also includes a list of recent decisions on land use cases.
For more information about any of these cases, please feel free to contact the listed case manager.
Board of Adjustment Cases
To view case information click on the Request for Comments and Public Hearing Notice associated with the current case below.
|PRA2018-00006 Estrella Sign Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-000013 Medrano Garage Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-00027 North Creek Farms Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-00030 Erhardt Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-00034 McDonough Garage Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-00035 Shaw Garage Variance||Request for Comments|
|VSP2018-00038 Columbine Road Variance||Request for Comments|
Planning Commission & Board of County Commissioners Cases
To view case information click on the Request for Comments and Public Hearing Notice associated with the current cases below.
|PLN2017-00020 Wolf Creek Vested Rights||Development Application|
|PLN2018-00025 Pomponio Terrace Metropolitan District Amendment||Request for Comments and Draft Service Plan|
|PLN2018-00029 Big Dry Creek Force Main and Lift Station IGA||Request for Comments|
|PLT2017-00016 Country Club Ranchettes||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00004 Centercore Distribution Minor Subdivision|
|PLT2018-00008 Wolf Creek Run West||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00014 Four Seasons Carwash Subdivision|
|PLT2018-00015 Denver Post Subdivision||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00018 Broncucia Subdivision||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00030 Layton Subdivision Third Filing||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00032 Telluride Bar and Grill Minor Subdivision||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00035 Comanche Vista Estate Filing 3||Request for Comments|
|PLT2018-00044 Ridgeview Estates||Request for Comments|
|PRC2016-00005 Berkeley Meadows|
|PRC2018-00001 Mendoza Conditional Use||Request for Comments|
|PRC20018-00002 Pomponio Filing 3 and 4||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00006 Rocky Mountain Rail Park|
|PRC2018-00007 Rago Enterprises||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00008 Shook Subdivision Filing 3 and 4||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00009 Microgrid Energy||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00011 Baseline Lakes FDP Amendment and Final Plats|
|PRC2018-00012 Unison Housing||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00013 Picadilly Solar||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00018 Midtown Filing 11||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00019 Innovative Solar Conditional Use||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00020 Denver Mart Master Plan||Request for Comments|
|PRC2018-00021 Center Greenhouse Redevelopment||Request for Comments|
|PUD2018-00013 Clear Creek Transit Village Extension||Request for Comments|
|RCU2016-00027 North Creek Farms||Development Application|
|RCU2016-00029 JFW Inert Fill||Request for Comments|
|RCU2016-00038 Hillen Recycling Facility|
|RCU2017-00001 Tempo Misionero Betel||Request for Comments|
|PRC2017-00005 A & A Outside Storage|
|RCU2017-00007 Wilhelm Condition Use Permit||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00004 Pecos Street Rezone and Subdivision||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00005 VIP Parking||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00006 Durland Billboard||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00018 64th Ave. Billboard||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00022 Copeland Precast Rezone|
|RCU2018-00028 7154 Washington Billboard||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00031 Deshazer Accessory Dwelling Conditional Use Permit||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00032 Jamasco Pipeline||Public Hearing Notice|
|RCU2018-00034 American Tower||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00035 American Tower Henderson||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00036 American tower at Highway 36||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00039 Snetzinger Caretaker CUP||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00041 Prairie Learning Center||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00046 Elevate at 78th||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00047 Welby Business Park Rezone|
|RCU2018-00048 Matador Pipeline and CDP Facility||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00052 Verizon CRMS||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00054 Villalobos-Quebec Rezone||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00055 Molberg at Imboden||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00056 Pivot-38||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00057 Federal Townhome Rezone||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00060 Watkins South Compressor Station||Request for Comments|
|RCU2018-00061 Imboden Matador Transmission Line||Request for Comments|
Oil and Gas Administrative Use by Special Review (AUSR)
USR2016-00006: Ward Petroleum - Ivey well pad
*This facility was acquired by Great Western Oil and Gas on April 11, 2018
USR2016-00007: Extraction Oil and Gas - Alma well pad
|USR2017-00002: Extraction Oil and Gas - Prairie Center well pad|
|USR2017-00004: Great Western - B-Farm well pad|
USR2017-00005: Ward Petroleum - Edmundson well pad
*This facility was acquired by Great Western Oil and Gas on April 11, 2018
|USR2017-00006: ConocoPhillips - Venturers well pad|
|USR2018-00001: Extraction Oil and Gas - Duck Club well pad|
|USR2018-00002: Great Western - Seltzer well pad|
USR2018-00003: PetroShare - Wakeman well pad
|USR2018-00004: PetroShare - Conner well pad|
|USR2018-00005: Great Western - Tollway LC|
|USR2018-00006: PetroShare - Palacios|
|USR2018-00007: ConocoPhillips - Crow|
|USR2018-00008: PetroShare - State|
|USR2018-00009: Great Western - Kortum|
|USR2018-00010: Great Western - Baseline|
|USR2018-00011: Great Western - Brant|
|USR2018-00012: Great Western - Tower|
|USR2018-00013: Great Western - Gus|