Pending Decision

Item No. 2 - Zoning Amendment at Clear Creek Crossing

Case: WZ-19-10
Council Bill No. 10-2020 - an ordinance approving an amendment to the existing Planned Mixed Use Development (PMUD) zoning to increase the allowable height for hospital uses at Clear Creek Crossing. The applicant is requesting an amendment to the underlying zoning at Clear Creek Crossing to increase by 12 feet the allowable height for a hospital by in Planning Area 1. It would also create a height allowance for a rooftop elevator serving the helipad. A hospital is already a permitted use by the zoning; no other changes to the zoning are proposed. NOTE: This case appeared on previous agendas, but the hearing has not yet occurred and is scheduled to take place on June 8.
This is a recording of the June 8, 2020 City Council meeting.


Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation


Staff Report and Proposed Zoning ( 6.69 MB )
Planning Commission Draft Meeting Minutes - February 20, 2020 ( 1.76 MB )
Planned Development Amendment - Review Criteria

An amendment to a planned development is processed as a zone change. Per Section 26-303 of the City Code, the planning commission and city council shall base their decision in consideration of the extent to which the applicant demonstrates the following criteria have been met. An analysis of these criteria are provided in the staff report linked above.

1. The change of zone promotes the health, safety, and general welfare of the community and will not result in a significant adverse effect on the surrounding area; and 

2. The development proposed on the subject property is not feasible under any other zone district, and would require an unreasonable number of variances or waivers and conditions; and

3. Adequate infrastructure/facilities are available to serve the types of uses allowed by the change of zone, or the applicant will upgrade and provide such where they do not exist or are under capacity; and 

4. At least one (1) of the following conditions exists:

a. The change of zone is in conformance, or will bring the property into conformance with, the City of Wheat Ridge comprehensive plan goals, objectives and policies, and other city-approved policies or plans for the area. 

b. The existing zone classification currently recorded on the official zoning maps of the City of Wheat Ridge is in error.

c. A change of character in the area has occurred or is occurring to such a degree that it is in the public interest to encourage redevelopment of the area or to recognize the changing character of the area. 

d. The proposed rezoning is necessary in order to provide for a community need that was not anticipated at the time of the adoption of the City of Wheat Ridge comprehensive plan.

Comments & Feedback

This case is closed, online commenting is no longer available.
Online comments closed at 12:30 PM MDT 6/8/20.
I am in support of amending the height density requirement for hospital campus use only in the Clear Creek Crossing redevelopment. SCL Health Lutheran Hospital continues to provide top-notch care for our community and surrounding area. Their decision to purchase the parcel in the new development aligns with their values: - Caring Spirit - We honor the sacred dignity of each person. - Excellence - We set and surpass high standards. - Good Humor - We create joyful and welcoming environments. - Integrity - We do the right thing with openness and pride. - Safety - We deliver care that seeks to eliminate all harm for patients and associates. - Stewardship - We are accountable for the resources entrusted to us. By allowing the rooftop helipad in the structure, the hospital is able to house needed critical care, such as surgery and Cath Lab procedures with faster access, while maintaining the originally proposed footprint. The rooftop helipad also keeps the neighborhood noise quieter and fewer emergency vehicles traffic - benefits for neighboring residents. I value Lutheran Hospital's effort in continuing to provide the best care possible, while being a good steward to the resources they have. Maki DeLaet, Wheat Ridge Resident, local business owner
June 8, 2020, 11:17 AM
Maki DeLaet
Please put a permanent wall where the temporary wall is on Clear Creek Dr. between Dennys and La Quinta. We have many young families with very young children in the neighborhood. They play outside and some ride their bikes on 33rd. The hole in the wall leading directly to an I70 access and entrance ramp is asking for a child to be hurt or even killed.
June 8, 2020, 2:45 AM
Shirley M Coen
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