Developers proposed in 2019 to re-zone the undeveloped land known as the Golden Overlook (pictured above) to allow for a variety of commercial and industrial uses. This proposed re-zoning would have had substantial and highly negative impacts on the Golden Heights and Golden Hills neighborhoods, where families have lived for decades.
On May 1, 2019, the Golden Planning Commission held a public hearing after a careful examination of the developer's plan. Dozens of families and area residents turned out to testify against the proposal. Every single resident who showed up at the hearing expressed strong opposition to the proposal development. Kids even testified about their fears of what the developmenet would do to the Golden Heights Park where they played.
Under Section 18.28.350 of the Municipal Code, an Official Development Plan (such as the developers' Overlook proposal) must meet all of the following requirements:
After reviewing the many negative impacts of this proposal, the Golden Planning Commission voted 4-2 against the developer's plans, citing their believe that the proposal did not meet all of the requirements cited above.
City Council Rejects Concerns by Planning Commission and Area Residents
However, in a shocking reversal, the Golden City Council later rejected the recommendations of its own Planning Commission and voted to approve the developer's plan. The concerns of neighborhood families were largely dismissed -- and even belittled -- by at least one City Council member.
What did the City Council approve? You can see the details here.
Hundreds of Golden Heights and Golden Hills residents were stunned, and angry, that the City Council sided with a commercial developer over their legitimate concerns. Many have lived in Golden Heights and Golden Hills for decades.
That is why these citizens of Golden have now organized themselves to pursue a ballot initiative to block this ill-conceived development, They want to give the voters of Golden a chance to have a direct say in what is appropriate for this land.