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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
The Town has a strategic plan in place, which serves as a guiding document for the Town, outlining how we can best serve our residents in the future. The current strategic plan can be found at www.ParkerOnline.org/StrategicPlan. Other similar long-range planning documents include the Parker 2035 Master Plan, Parker Road Corridor Plan, Parker Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and the Transportation Master Plan.
Parker has comprehensive transportation network improvement plans in place. Since road projects can be very expensive, the Town must build them over time as funding allows. You can read more about our current capital improvement plans here.
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 $400,000, the Town receives only $75 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 or see the sample breakdown below:
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.
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.
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 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.
The Town of Parker is currently processing the Parker Road Corridor Plan. The goal of this plan is to develop a corridor-specific vision around land use, transportation and urban design along Parker Road. To find out more, please visit the project website at www.ParkerRoadPlan.com/project, where you can sign up for project updates and review project documents. Thank you!
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir is not currently open to the general public. The Parker Water & Sanitation District estimates that it may be several years before the funding is in place for the necessary infrastructure (i.e. roads, trails, restrooms, etc.) and on-site staffing required to accommodate the general public.
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.RHRecreation.org.
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 Court will supply you with a cover letter and time cards.
The Town of Parker's Business and Tax License is valid for two years and expires on December 31 of each even-numbered year, regardless of the date of issue. On or before the expiration date the business needs to apply for a renewal license and pay the $20.00 license renewal fee. If payment is received after December 31 penalties will be assessed.
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.
The fee was calculated after an extensive study was done of the costs of services.
Single Family Residential (sfr) Properties
The fee for these properties is based on the relative amount of impervious area on each property in Parker and will be as follows:
Commercial and Non-Residential Properties For these properties, the fees are calculated as follows:
The annual fee increase was instituted to offset inflation.
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.