Approved - 8 to 0.

Zone Change at SE Corner of W I-70 Frontage Rd N and Ward Rd

Case: WZ-19-03
The applicant is requesting a zone change from Agricultural-Two (A-2) to Planned Mixed Use Development (PMUD) with approval of an Outline Development Plan (ODP).
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Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation


Staff Report and Proposed Zoning Document ( 5.42 MB )
Planned Development Review Criteria

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 12:00 PM MDT 9/30/20.
Please see attachment/file re: Colorado River Surfing Association (CRSA) comment 09/29/2020 10:24 am in support of Zone Change.
September 29, 2020, 3:17 PM
David Riordon
The Colorado River Surfing Association, a non-profit promoting river surfing, endorses this zoning change in the hope that part of the business plan of a cable wakeboard park open to the public, would one day include a "floating wave pool" or a "fixed wave pool". (See "Guide to the major standing wave pool technologies" by WavePoolMag August 27, 2020 Wave pools mimic stationary standing river waves that allows for ocean style surfing by “landlocked surfers”. Stationary standing river waves are very popular and are enjoyed by an ever growing surf community in Colorado and beyond who will literally drop all other life activities to surf the limited number of days during the months of the snow melt/runoff river season that allows for surfing the stationary standing river waves in Colorado. A standing wave pool with stationary wave at the Word Road Pond could be a viable business venture that would extend the popularity of the river surfing experience and healthy enjoyment of surfing endless waves to: Colorado surfers; visiting surfers; and those who would just like to learn to surf. The location of “Planning Area 2” (as described in the zoning change application for the Ward Road Pond) is adjacent to I-70 and would be visible to the metro area drivers and visitors traveling to/from the mountains on the I-70 corridor thus making it an ideal location for business open to the public for water recreation such as a cable wakeboard park and stationary wave pool. Colorado River Surfing Association
September 29, 2020, 10:24 AM
David Riordon
We own the building at 4865 Ward. We would welcome well designed multi-story buildings, either office buildings or residential. This unique site is currently an eyesore. Redevelopment will allow the ability of the City to have an excellent entrance to the City. The public area around the pond should encourage active use of the pond for many recreational type uses. With a quality developer the challenge will be making the site work economically. I would ask the City to give the developer an open range (flexibility) of options to make a lasting first impression for all traveling along I-70. Kent Thompson [email protected]
September 21, 2020, 1:44 PM
Kent Thompson
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