Community Development

LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATION MINOR REVISIONS

Minor Revisions to the Land Development Regulations (LDR) are scheduled for the October 2, 2019 Planning Commission and November 12, 2019 City Council Meetings. On November 13, 2018, the City Council approved a complete reorganization of all development-associated regulations into a new Land Development Regulation (LDR).

Staff has been working under the new LDR for the last year. Although the new LDR is a signifigant improvement over the previous development regulations, there have been minor issues that have arisen that should be corrected/clarified. It is very typical and common for a municiaplity to review their regulations and make corrections on an annual basis. 

The proposed changes to the LDR include the following:

  • Clarify that single family attached (townhouses and rowhouses) that existed before the R-1 zone district was established (November 27, 1995) will be considered conforming.
  • Clarify zone districts that allow townhouses and rowhouses. Although they have historically been allowed in R-2 and R-M, it is not explicit that they are.
  • Clarify that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) should only be allowed in R-E and R-1 Zone Districtis, and require a minimum size of 200 sf (there is presently no minimum size and 200 sf will require a building permit).
  • Change Final Development Plan eligibility to apply to new "buildings" vs. "structures".
  • Remove "tourist home" from allowed uses. This has hbeen used as a loophole to avoid meeting the requirements of short term rental,s hotels, and motels.
  • Make applicants responsible for stuffing envelopes and sending them via. a certificate of mailing for all purposes that require a mailing. (Presently staff is required to do this and it is very time consuming).
  • Require proof of insurance with Short Term Rental Applications.
  • Eliminate requirements for boundary surveys with conditional uses and rezonings. 

The entire LDR with all revisions red-marked can be downloaded at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F7JhzXZWBnGdIng-AgDegnP6MbSPiffY


COMMUNITY MEETING FOR HEALTH CLINIC.

A community meeting has been scheduled regarding a new County Health Clinic. The Community Meeting will be held at 6PM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The Community Meeting will be held at Idaho Springs City Hall, 1711 Miner Stret. The purpose for this community meeting is for the Applicant to present the proposal to the community and solicit feedback regarding the project.

Information regarding this project can be downloaded at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1S94kJURQ0IvW4EScQv_tHfm6PbD3vXLC


HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW COMMISSION ( HPRC) MEETING REGARDING 1042 MINER STREET.

The HPRC is reviewing a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a door replacement on the Project Support building at 1402 Miner St. The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 24, AT 5:15PM.

Information about the project can be downloaded at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=12z7HIMQOWPQAXlB33Yg63v6Luor0zCYB


COMMUNITY MEETING FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERTIES.

A community meeting was held to discuss redevelopment of Gold Digger Field, the County Bus Maintenance Facility, and the Former Middle / High School Property.

The community meeting was held Wednesday June 12, 5:30 PM at Carlson Elementary School, 1300 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.

Documents concerning this community meeting can be downloaded at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=14_puAUhD_Ia7DLwgQ62LGY-8vbYV_uhX


City Council approved rezoning the Historic District to a new HD Zone District on June 10, 2019.

Information regarding this rezoning can be downloaded at the following link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=157NuuK7bYKkFcj3w0fRAoAKcxnzHCSZL


Idaho Springs Blight Study

The Blight Study Document

East End REVISED Study Area Map

West End REVISED Study Area Map

A Blight Study was undertaken by the City of Idaho Springs. A Community Meeting was held on Monday, March 26, 2019 at City Hall. Information from that meeting can be downloaded. 

East End Study Area Map

West End Study Area Map

Presentation on Blight Study


ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULED FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON SCHOOL PROPERTIES.

A community meeting was scheduled to discuss redevelopment of Gold Digger Field, the County Bus Maintenance Facility, and the Former Middle / High School Property.

The community meeting was held on Wednesday June 12, 5:30PM at Carlson Elementary School, 1300 Colorado Blvd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.

Documents concerning this community meeting can be downloaded at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=14_puAUhD_Ia7DLwgQ62LGY-8vbYV_uhX


Tesla Charging Station Final Development Plan

On June 10, 2019, City Council approved the Final Development Plan for a Tesla Charging Station.

Materials regarding this project can be downloaded at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XZnGT6tUwHDPRkmzsH6RqY03_17C4HG-


Mighty Argo and Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Planned Development

On June 10th, 2019, City Council approved the Formal Rezoning for the Mighty Argo and Virginia Canyon Mountain Park Planned Development.

Information regarding this project can be downloaded. Click HERE.

City Council Hearing to be held on the Argo on May 28th.


Soda Creek Highlands

Information regarding this project can be downloaded. Click HERE

A Community Meeting for the Soda Creek Highlands Project was held on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 PM at City Hall in Idaho Springs.

The Soda Creek Highlands is a proposed multifamily project consisting of townhouses and condominiums of up to 345 units. 

The project is located above (west) of Pine Slop Road on approximately 45 acres (adjacent to the City-owned water tank).

This community meeting was an opportunity for interested parties to be introduced to the project, ask questions, and offer feedback.


The City of Idaho Springs is zoned. Before buying property or starting a construction project, check the allowed uses for your zone.

Zoning Map
Historic District Map
Use Districts
Annexations
Areas and Activities of State Interest
Clear Creek Greenway Project
Comprehensive Plan
East End Action Plan
Virginia Canyon Mountain Park
Municipal Code

Alan Tiefenbach

Community Development Planner
1711 Miner St • PO Box 907
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
planning@idahospringsco.com  
(303) 567-4421 x118