Residential Zoning Modifications

The Community Development Department is currently working on updates to development standards for the City of Wheat Ridge's residential zone districts.  Of particular interest currently are bulk plane regulations.  Staff began analyzing development standards internally during the Spring of 2016.  Due to increasing neighborhood concerns over new single-family infill projects in East Wheat Ridge, the Community Development Department brought forward comparative research on development standards to both City Council and Planning Commission Study Sessions during the early summer of 2016.

City Council directed staff to draft an emergency ordinance which implements a 45 degree bulk plane beginning at 15 feet above the property line for properties zoned Residential-One C.  This ordinance was approved by City Council on August 22, 2016 and will be in effect for 90 days, expiring November 21, 2016 (Ordinance 1602).

Next Steps:

In the meantime, Staff is continuing to research and analyze changes to development standards, and is drafting an ordinance to update the residential zone district development standards.  Several public meetings will be held as part of the code amendment process, and these dates are provided below: 

  • September 15 – Planning Commission for Study Session  Agenda Packet
  • October 3 – City Council for Study Session
  • October 20 – Ordinance to Planning Commission for Public Hearing
  • October 24 – Ordinance to City Council for 1st Reading
  • November 14 – Ordinance to City Council for Public Hearing
Please check back throughout the process for additional information.
Agenda packets and meeting minutes are available for all public meetings before Planning Commission and City Council.  These meetings can also be viewed live or on-demand on the Channel 8 or the City's YouTube channel.

Meeting History:

  • August 22, 2016 - City Council public hearing
  • August 15, 2016 - City Council study session
  • July 21, 2016 - Planning Commission study session
  • July 18, 2016 - City Council study session

If any questions or comments, please email Zack Wallace at