Approved - Recommended approval 6-0

Code Amendment - Outdoor Recreational Equipment

Case: ZOA-21-02
In 2020, many public recreational facilities were closed for extended periods of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purchase of personal recreational equipment was on the rise, including everything from trampolines to basketball hoops, swimming pools to swing sets. With the increased prevalence and scale of personal recreation equipment on private residential property, City Council directed staff to review the applicable codes and policies in the City and in neighboring communities. Study sessions with City Council were conducted on June 7 and August 9, 2021. Based on the increase in personal recreational equipment in the past year and also based on a specific homemade half pipe that exceeds 1000 square feet in size in a residential backyard, City Council directed staff to amend the code. The policy intent is to allow for reasonable, common sense enjoyment of recreational equipment in residential yards.
This meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting and in person in City Council Chambers (7500 W. 29th Avenue) if allowed to meet in person on that date per COVID-19 restrictions. Provide public comment here on Wheat Ridge Speaks until noon on September 1 (the day before the meeting) by selecting the agenda item on which you want to comment. Refer to the meeting agenda and "how to" document to learn more about participating in the live meeting or to view the meeting live or later. 


PC Staff Report - Outdoor Rec ( 0.54 MB )
Proposed Ordinance ( 0.08 MB )

Comments & Feedback

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Online comments closed at 12:00 PM MDT 9/1/21.
I am writing today to express concern about the restrictive nature of the proposed ordinance with respect to Section 3, Substection F.4(a) wherein the proposed ordinance limits the square footage of recreational equipment to 400 square feet (sq/ft). The city of Wheat Ridge's intent with the new policy "is to allow for reasonable, common sense enjoyment of recreational equipment in residential yards." However, the 400 sq/ft limit, if imposed, would not allow for even the smallest readily available batting cage, which typically measure 12 x 35 (420 sq/ft). I believe limiting recreational equipment to 400 sq/ft is a "one size fits all" approach that not reasonable for a city where lot sizes are typically larger than those of Denver, especially in areas where typical lot sizes can often times exceed one-third of an acre. I think a more reasonable approach would be to follow the city of Denver by setting a limit of 1,000 sq/ft or 10% of the properties lot size, whichever is smaller. I believe this approach would be more tenable and it would allow residents to reasonably enjoy recreational equipment in their yards.
August 31, 2021, 12:37 PM
Jason Funk
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