What elements do the Town Council and Planning Commission look at when considering development projects?

The purpose of zoning is to regulate the use of land and the physical improvements to land located within the Town of Parker, without imposing undue burden on the land owner as provided by state and federal law.

All land within the Town of Parker’s incorporated limits is zoned for specific uses. Land owners have a legal right to develop their privately owned land, as long as the development meets the Town’s current zoning requirements. The Planning Commission, Town Council and staff work to ensure that new developments meet the Town’s design standards and building code requirements. The Town Council and Planning Commission do not have the authority to deny a commercial development on a property that is zoned commercial, or a residential development on land that is zoned residential, as long the project meets the Town’s standards and requirements.

If a developer is requesting to rezone property, for example changing the zoning of a property to allow for commercial development instead of residential, the Town Council can vote to deny the request to change the zoning if Town Council determines that the project does not meet the nine criteria set forth in the Municipal Code, including consistency with the Parker 2035 Master Plan.

Council can ensure that developers meet the Town’s standards and request that they provide project enhancements such as parks, trails, open space dedication, landscaping buffers and other elements of beautification. We also work hard to ensure that Parker developments are of a high quality and help pay their portion of any impacts on the community, for instance, contributing to road enhancements or expansions.

You can view the Town’s boundary map to see which developments are occurring in the Town of Parker, as many of the projects under construction are located on our Town borders in Lone Tree and unincorporated Douglas County.

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1. How is the Town of Parker planning for the future?
2. What is Parker doing to improve traffic congestion?
3. Why does the Town of Parker collect so much property tax?
4. Is all vacant land in Parker designated open space?
5. How can I find out what uses are planned for a specific piece of property in Parker?
6. Where can I learn about development happening in Parker?
7. What elements do the Town Council and Planning Commission look at when considering development projects?
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9. Where can I learn more about Urban Renewal in Parker?
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