Development Design Standards Update - Archive

Project Update (Oct. 4, 2018)

Update to Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Family Design Standards

Adoption of New Multiple-Family Design Standards 
The proposed Multiple-Family Design Standards will be presented to Planning Commission on October 25, 2018 and Town Council on November 19, 2018. The proposed Multiple-Family Design Standards will be included as part of an update to the current Town of Parker Commercial, Industrial, and Multi-Family (CIMF) document. The current CIMF has been updated to reflect minor changes that will apply to future Commercial, Industrial, and Mixed Use developments in Parker.  These changes if approved by Council will become effective in December 2018. 

Work Continues on the New Commercial, Industrial, and Mixed Use Design Standards
Work on the new Commercial, Industrial, and Mixed Use (CIMU) Design Standards will continue through the first Quarter of 2019.  Town Staff and consultants from UDA/Dig Studios have prepared working drafts of the new CIMU.  Once this portion of the design standards is complete, they will be combined into a new document with the new Multiple-Family Design Standards that will replace the Town’s current CIMF document.

Project Update (April 25, 2018)

New Multiple-Family Design Standards

We are pleased to announce that our consultant team, UDA, has completed the Town’s new multiple-family design standards. Highlights include design standards that strategically guide the design of quality neighborhood living using a seven-step design process that aligns with the Town’s 2035 Master Plan values. The new document is filled with photographs and illustrations that support the development of well-designed multiple-family housing units.

Commercial, Industrial and Mixed Use Design Standards

Our consultant team will now begin work on developing new design standards for commercial, industrial, and mixed-use (CIMU) developments for the Town. These design standards will be drafted in similar format as the new Multiple-Family Design Standards. The intent of the new CIMU Design Standards will be to promote the Town’s desire for the development of high-quality buildings that reflect the Town’s character and create places that foster community vision and a hometown feel.

Project Description

The Town of Parker’s current Design Standards have had minor amendments in recent years with relatively few changes since the document was formally adopted in 1999. Over the next nine months, the UDA project team will rewrite the Town’s Design Standards to reflect current market and design trends. Urban Design Associates and Dig Studio have helped communities like Parker decide what kinds of improvements to multi-family, commercial, and mixed-use developments they would like to see. The document will result in a user-friendly guide that will focus on updated architectural styles, site planning and building designs for the Parker community.

Project Objectives
The Town of Parker has hired Urban Design Associates (UDA) and DIG Studio to update Parker’s Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family, and Mixed-Use Design Standards.

Parker’s Development Design Standards serve as the framework for developers to design sites and buildings in the community. Having quality design, construction materials and well-thought-out building sites is of vital importance to maintaining Parker’s “hometown feel” and quality of life.

The objectives of this project include:

  • Reflect the community’s desire for a high-quality environment and a ’hometown character’ in Parker
  • Create consistent expectations and predictability for the development community
  • Incorporate best practices to the Development Design Standards

Where We Are in the Process

The project timeline is organized into a three-step process:

Step 1: Listening

Step 1 Listening consists of a host of stakeholder meetings and open houses designed to provide an intensive series of opportunities for listening and understanding the challenges of Parker - public engagement and information gathering as the core focus.

Step 2: Testing Ideas

Step 2 Testing Ideas will focus on conceptual design. The project team will work in real time to produce recommendations for the Standards with the stakeholders and public participants. We’ll draw and model building design and form and develop recommendations together with the community.

Step 3: Deciding

Step 3 Deciding will consist of the development of final chapters of the Design Standards, and will explore relevant tools for implementation for the Town.

Public Engagement

Community Workshop #1 - What We Heard

On Wednesday, May 4, 2017, the team held the first Community Workshop at the PACE Center. A project overview presentation was held at the beginning of the meeting. Workshop attendees participated in a visual exercise, exploring different building elements and architectural styles of multi-family, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings they liked and didn’t like. Download the presentation materials and results below:


Community Workshop #2

Workshop #2 focused on the design of buildings and development projects in Parker. Attendees had an opportunity to work with the design team to test and incorporate their ideas on the character and form for the Town. A short presentation was held at the beginning of the meeting, after which meeting participants provided input and helped test different options for the Standards. Community input is critical to creating Standards that match vision for the character of Parker.

This event is hosted by the Town of Parker with Urban Design Associates (UDA) and Dig Studio. Please call 303.805.3336 or email Carolyn Washee-Freeland for more information.


Community Workshop #3

A third Community Open House was held on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at the PACE Center. The project team held a charrette activity that focused on the CIMU design standards. During this hands-on exercise, participants explored different types of Commercial and Mixed Use developments.


Project Questions

Have questions about this project or the process? Please call 303.805.3336 or email us for more information.

Project Documents

New Multifamily Concept


New Big Box Commercial Concept


New Neighborhood Commercial Concept


Parker Vicinity Map

Development Design Standards Project Timeline