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There are a variety of ways to get involved in the Town of Parker's development process. Residents are encouraged to attend Town Council Meetings, as well as Planning Commission Meetings. You can also contact your elected officials with your thoughts or concerns. Would you like to be even more involved in the development process? Consider running for elected office or volunteering for one of the Town's several commissions! Learn more about all the ways you can get involved in Parker at www.ParkerOnline.org/GetInvolved.
If you are concerned about a property that does not have a notice posted, you can call or email your questions to the Community Development Department. Please have an accurate and specific location of the property ready so that we can assist you. The Community Development Department has information only on properties located within the Town or those that have applied for annexation.
Current development information is also available on the Active Development Map
Click to access the Development Review Division
Additional information is available from the Department of Engineering.
For the Town of Parker Zoning Map click here
However, a variety of scheduled programming will be taking place at Rueter-Hess Reservoir over the summer. You can find more information about events and activities at http://www.ParkerRec.com/RHReservoir.
Personal recreational equipment is not currently allowed at Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The primary purpose of Rueter-Hess is the storage of drinking water. In order to promote safety and keep from introducing invasive species to the water, we have partnered with a professional paddleboard rental company. The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority, which includes representation from Parker, Castle Rock, Castle Pines and Lone Tree, will continue to explore options to allow for personal paddleboard, kayak or canoe use in the future. For additional information and a list of recreational offerings, please visit http://www.RHRecreation.org.
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.
The Town of Parker is happy to provide information about the zoning of property in Parker, as well as what types of uses could eventually be developed there (i.e. commercial, single-family residential, multi-family residential, etc.).
If you have a question about what is being developed (or could potentially be developed) on a specific piece of property, please call our Community Development Department at 303.841.2332, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us in person at Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet and our staff can walk you through the process.
This is especially helpful if you are purchasing a home in Parker near undeveloped land, which is likely planned for future development.
Parker does have a robust open space program. However, not all vacant land is what it seems. There are currently many undeveloped properties in the Town of Parker that are often mistaken for open space.
What many people don't realize is that all properties within the Town limits, including these undeveloped areas, are already zoned. Zoning means that a property has been designated for a particular use or uses. Types of zoning include business, commercial, residential and industrial. Land can only be utilized for the purposes allowed under its zoning classification.
You can learn about the Town's open space program here: http://www.ParkerRec.com/OpenSpace.
Lots of things are happening in Parker! You can learn more about projects currently in Parker's development process by visiting www.ParkerOnline.org/Development. Our Community Development staff is also available to answer questions about development in our community and can be reached at 303.841.2332.
The Town receives many inquiries about property tax and, in particular, why the Town’s property tax is so high.
While a small portion of the property tax paid by Parker residents does come to the Town to support the general fund and operations, the majority is distributed to many different governmental organizations.
For instance, on a home with an actual market value of $300,000, the Town receives only $62 in property tax each year, while other entities such as the Douglas County School District, Douglas County Government, the Parker Water and Sanitation District, and the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, among others, also receive a portion of the property tax collected.
View a detailed breakdown at www.ParkerOnline.org/PropertyTax. Learn more here...
The Holiday Carriage Rides will be running from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. during our Hometown Holiday Weekend Nov. 24, Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. There will be no rides after this holiday weekend.
The Holiday Carriage Rides are provided free of charge by the Town of Parker on a first-come, first-served basis. Though rides are free, all riders over one year old must have a ticket/reservation to ride. Children under one may ride without a ticket by sitting on a ticketed adult’s lap.
The Community has three options to try to secure carriage rides this holiday season.
1) Early bird registration will be held at Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet, on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. There will be 300 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Community members must come in person to Town Hall (doors will be locked until 6:30 p.m.) and choose from the selected dates and times available. Community members will be able to secure up to 9 tickets. There will be no more than 300 tickets given out on this night. Any children under the age of one can ride without a ticket on an adult’s lap.
2) Online at www.ParkerOnline.org/CarriageRideson Wednesday, Nov. 22 beginning at 10 a.m. You will be able to reserve the ride tickets for all three days (Nov. 24, 25, 26), on a first-come, first-served basis, until tickets sell out. Any children under the age of one can ride without a ticket on an adult’s lap. You will be able to secure up to 9 tickets. The online link will not be activated until Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
3) Stand-by lines each night of the rides. The other way to be able to ride a carriage ride this year is to come and wait in our stand-by line at the Carriage Ride Station. This line will be available during the ride times each night onsite (lines will start no earlier than 3:15 p.m. each day). This option is not a guarantee of a ride and patrons may wait in lines only to be told they won’t be able to ride. However, if we have space available (that still allows a comfortable ride to those that have reservations) then we will certainly try to fit more patrons on the rides. The standby line will run from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night. Any children under the age of one can ride on an adult's lap.
We will have 1,800 tickets available for the full program weekend. Ride start times will be every 15 minutes starting at 3:30 p.m. each day with the last ride boarding at 8 p.m.
This year’s Holiday Carriage Ride program will only be running Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 24, 25, and 26. There will be no rides after Nov. 26.
Each year Town staff works to complete a due diligence program review of our free and low-cost community events. The event planning staff reviewed all aspects of this program to make sure that we were providing the best program we can to the community. During this review it was determined that a formal RFP Process should be completed. The program was awarded to Blue Moon Carriages for a lower cost than the previous vendor and also allowed us increased rider capacity. While this due diligence was done and we were able to enhance the program as a whole for a lesser cost, it did mean we had to work with the vendor’s available dates. Because of this, we have created a Hometown Holiday Weekend to kick-off the holiday season. We have added in longer times, larger rigs, one additional rig, and holiday activities at Discovery Park all within our budget for this program and while working with a local vendor. We feel the changes made to this program will highlight our hometown feel to guests coming in for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Community can plan to start the weekend off at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting on Friday night, ice skate at the Ice Trail at Discovery Park on Saturday, take pictures with Elsa and Olaf, come back on Sunday for holiday story time at Discovery Park and then take in a carriage ride sometime that weekend.
We hope you and your family will be able to come and join us for this wonderful Hometown Holiday Weekend.
The Community can plan to start the weekend off at the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. see www.Parkeronline.org/MayorsHolidayLighting, ice skate at the Ice Trail at Discovery Park see www.ParkerRec.com/IceTrail on Saturday, take pictures with Elsa and Olaf at the park, come back on Sunday for holiday story time at Discovery Park and then take in a carriage ride sometime that weekend.
Parking is available in the Douglas County Libraries in Parker parking lot, the Discovery Park street parking and side lots, Town Hall parking lot or any other public parking around the library.
The Carriage Ride Station will be located near the front doors of the Douglas County Libraries in Parker. If you have a reservation/ticket, you are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to your ride start time. Volunteers will be there by 3:15 p.m. each day to assist those with tickets and any stand-by patrons. There will be no staffing available prior to 3:15 p.m. so we ask that patrons do not try to come to stand in line any earlier than 3:15 p.m.
Carriage Rides will be offered as a non-stop loop from Discovery Park and the Douglas County Libraries in Parker to O'Brien Park. The rides will be approximately 25 minutes and will travel through downtown Parker on Mainstreet where patrons can enjoy the new lights on Mainstreet, along with the beauty of O'Brien Park.
The Court will supply you with a cover letter and time cards.
The Parker Public Works Department has a snow plowing priority system in place to clear our nearly 500 lane miles of streets. The plowing time required depends on several variables such as the snowstorm intensity, duration, wind and the temperature. The Town’s snow plowing priorities are as follows: Arterial roadways are our first priority and will be plowed first. These are the major roadways that carry the most traffic volume, such as Stroh Road, Hess Road, 20 Mile Road, Cottonwood Drive, Canterberry Parkway, Lincoln Avenue, Jordan Road, Pine Drive, Hilltop Road and Mainstreet. Collector streets are our second priority, including, but not limited to, Dransfeldt, Riva Ridge, Motsenbocker, J. Morgan, Nate, Bradbury Parkway, Clark Farms Drive, Pine Lane, Apache Plume, Crown Crest Boulevard, Tallman, Omaha and Canterberry Trail. These streets provide access to the arterial roadways and will be plowed once the arterial roadways have been plowed. Local residential roads and cul-de-sacs that provide traffic flow within subdivisions and access to homes are not plowed unless six (6) inches or more snow has accumulated and snow continues to fall, or if major drifting has occurred.
Once a snow storm is imminent, the Town’s snow plowing crews switch to mandatory 12-hour shifts and begin preparing for the storm. Snow crews work 24/7 until the storm has ceased and snow operations are complete. The Town has 10 large snow plows/spreaders available throughout each storm unless maintenance is required. Depending on the severity of the storm, the Town may also deploy internal snow removal crews in pick-up trucks as necessary and as resources allow.
The Town generally follows the agreements signed among the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), so the use of sand or other abrasives have been virtually eliminated due to possible brown cloud impacts caused by particulates. The Town currently uses a salt based product called IceSlicer (or Redmond Salt) and liquid magnesium chloride, which help to keep snow packs loose and minimize ice bonding to pavements.
The top priority for snow operations are arterial streets. Once these main roadways are cleared, the second priority for snow clearing is collector streets. Snow crews will plow local residential roads only after six (6) or more inches of snow has accumulated and snow continues to fall. During larger snow storms (six inches or more of snow), Town trails will only be plowed after residential roads have been plowed.
Snowfall is measured with weather sensors utilizing a laser located at the intersections of Twenty-Mile Road/Pine Lane and Hilltop Road/Canterberry Parkway. The sensors accurately measure snow fall amounts.
To be able to service all neighborhood streets, typically only a single pass (15 to 18 feet wide) will be made on local streets. In addition to the amount of time and funding curb to curb plowing would take, plowing wider paths creates larger snow piles, which may end up blocking driveways and sidewalks. Once snow plows have made a pass down residential streets, individual homeowners will need to make efforts to get out to the cleared path, as well as clearing snow from curbs to allow for on-street parking.
To ensure the safety of our drivers and others on the roadway during plowing, operators cannot continuously change plowing direction. Plows must stay on their own side of the road during plowing operations.
Since snow plows must move at a speed great enough to get the snow off of their blade, they may inadvertently throw snow far enough to cover sidewalks. Unfortunately, the Town doesn't have the budget or manpower to go back and clear sidewalks or remove ice from roadways. To help with this issue, the Town recommends that homeowners avoid shoveling or blowing snow into the street. If your street is plowed after you shovel, some snow will get back on your driveway and we understand that this can be frustrating. You can help by shoveling snow from sidewalks or driveways into your yard, as any snow placed in the street will likely be pushed back into your driveway by a passing snow plow. In addition, snow placed in the gutter may cause icing issues.
There are no hydrant shoveling requirements within the Town of Parker. If residents would like to enhance hydrant visibility and make firefighter access a quicker process, they are certainly welcome to do so.
If the group mailbox fronts to a neighborhood sidewalk, the adjacent property owner or Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is responsible for shoveling the sidewalk in front of the group mailboxes, in a similar fashion to sidewalk clearing requirements. If the mailbox is not adjacent to a sidewalk, no shoveling requirements apply.
Colorado can receive a great deal of snow each year and residents can take some important steps to be prepared for a snow storm. If you can avoid travel during adverse weather conditions, please stay at home and avoid the stress of driving in poor weather conditions. Every car left at home reduces the number of potentially stranded vehicles, which can slow down plowing operations. When there are fewer vehicles operating on the roadways, streets can also be cleared more quickly. If you must travel during a storm, make sure your vehicle is equipped with snow tires with the proper tread levels and/or chains. Carry a shovel in your car in the event that you become stuck or slide off a roadway. Also equip your vehicle with blankets, clothing, food and other emergency supplies. Residents should make the appropriate preparations to ensure that they are able to travel to and from work and home, which could also include having a four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle available for emergencies.
Bridges are especially vulnerable to icing over as they are subject to rapid cooling due to the lack of earthen insulation. Cold winds flowing over and under bridges remove stored heat quickly. The Town utilizes automated bridge sensors that notify staff of potential or actual icing conditions on select Parker bridges.
The Town is unable to fairly prioritize the individual concerns of more than 50,000 residents, but we will work to accommodate emergency 9-1-1 calls. The Parker Police Department also responds to emergencies throughout the storm.
Policy guidelines in the Town of Parker Storm Drainage and Environmental Criteria Manual (SDECM) have been established to determine stormwater facilities that are eligible for Stormwater Utility maintenance assistance. Copies of the SDECM are available upon request at Town Hall.
Once we have received this letter, we will make a site visit to verify which areas are impervious to verify the amount. If it is wrong, we will correct it and rebill the proper amount. If it is correct, we will provide the documentation to you to show how it was calculated.
At 60 days past due, we will send a second past due notice containing a warning that this is the last past due notice that will be sent, that a $25 surcharge has been added to the bill, and a lien will be placed on your property for the amount due including the $25 surcharge when the bill reaches 90 days past due. At 90 days past due, a lien will be filed on your property with Douglas County for the amount due plus $25. The fee will then be collected through the property tax system.