Residential Development Standards


City staff began researching the topic of residential bulk plane and residential building heights in early 2016. This research was initiated, in part, based on citizen responses to recent infill residential development, in particular on the City’s east side. Historically, the City has regulated the development of single- and two-family homes based on setbacks from property lines, maximum lot coverage, and maximum building heights.

After a series of study session and public hearings from July to November 2016, another regulatory tool was introduced, and bulk plane regulations were adopted in the R-1C and R-3 zone districts. They became effective November 21, 2016.

At the October 23, 2017 City Council meeting, Council directed City Staff to create a web-based survey tool to gauge resident preferences related to the development of single- and two-family homes in Wheat Ridge. This survey was published on Survey Monkey and included questions developed by Council members. The survey was available for just over two weeks from Friday, November 3, 2017 to Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Results were shared with City Council at a study session on November 20, 2017 and are also provided below. Based on Council consensus at the November 20 study session, the following direction was provided:

  • Discuss height limitations in the R-1C zone district at a future study session,
  • Update the Neighborhood Revitalization Study in 2018 to provide a vision and policy direction before any potential modification of residential development standards, and
  • Include questions in the 2018 Citizen Survey related to height, bulk plane, accessory dwelling units, and short-term rentals.