Denied - 5 to 4

Item No. 1 - Zone Change at 7585 W. 32nd Ave.

Case: WZ-20-06
A request for approval of a zone change from Restricted-Commercial (R-C) to Planned Residential Development (PRD) with approval of an Outline Development Plan (ODP) for the development of fourteen single-family attached homes. ***THIS HEARING WAS CONTINUED FROM APRIL 25. COMMENT MAY BE SUBMITTED BELOW, AND THE HEARING WILL OCCUR ON MAY 9. ***
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Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation


Item No. 1 - Rezoning 7585 W. 32nd WZ-20-06 ( 0.18 MB )
Planning Division Staff Report & Proposed Zoning ( 2.45 MB )
Ordinance - 7585 W. 32nd WZ-20-06 ( 0.15 MB )
Planning Commission Minutes ( 2.16 MB )
Public Comments ( 0.06 MB )
Planned Development Review Criteria
Planned Developments are 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

I ask that our city council support this rezoning because: 1. This project sits on a underused commercial site. 2. The project wants to build units in the the upper $300ks and obtainable housing is needed in our community for workforce and 1st time home buyers who want to live there NOT corporate investors. 3. Density has a benefit that we do not talk about: it is more efficient in terms of water use even when you are adding multiple units. As we are in the 24th year of the worst drought in 1200 years, this is a compelling reason to approve thoughtful density. 4. There are home buyers who do not want big yards and big houses. They want right sized homes and energy efficiencies. 5. Home ownership ought to be available to people who are in the work force with lower paying jobs. It will get increasingly harder for businesses to hire people, schools to hire teachers, etc. if all affordable housing is well outside the Denver Metro area. Our local economy is tied to making sure we have an inventory of housing at all price points, not just the $400k to $1 million range. And really it has become the $600K to $1 million. A 1 bedroom house 2 doors down from us sold two weeks ago for $625,000. The most important reason to approve projects like this and others? Thoughtful, energy and water efficient density adds more residents which means more tax dollars to support our city. That is how we fund our city services and staff. As you represent all of Wheat Ridge, I ask city council to make a decision that logically supports the future of Wheat Ridge. You must act for the future, not for the past when people's idea of family and home were very different than in 2022.
May 9, 2022, 11:54 AM
Morgan Richards
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