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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.
For additional information and a list of recreational offerings, please visit www.ParkerRec.com/RHRecreation.
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 email@example.com 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.
Yes! Plans to enhance safety and provide better visibility for both pedestrians and vehicles traveling through the Pikes Peak Drive/Sulphur Gulch Trail intersection are underway!
The Town of Parker has hired a contractor to realign the Sulphur Gulch Trail crossing further south on Pikes Peak Drive, which will make it much more visible. As part of this project, enhanced pedestrian and vehicle signage will be added, as well as a pavement treatment to cue drivers to slow down as they approach the pedestrian crossing.
These improvements will begin by mid-May and should be completed by the end of July 2017.
Parker has been planning for the reconstruction of several distressed Town roadways, including J. Morgan Boulevard, for more than five years. Although we'd love to complete all of the necessary projects at once, the amount of funding that is available in our annual Capital Improvements Program budget helps dictate which projects are completed first. Concrete roadways like J. Morgan Boulevard are designed to have a 30-year life span and J. Morgan Boulevard is a 30+ year old roadway that has become distressed and reached the end of its design life.
The necessary reconstruction on J. Morgan Boulevard from Parker Road to Nate Drive began in April 2017. Read more about the project at www.ParkerOnline.org/JMorgan.
You may have noticed some changes taking place on the vacant land west of Discovery Park on Mainstreet. The Town will be making temporary improvements to this site to support the great summer events and activities happening at Discovery Park and in downtown Parker.
Improvements will include a temporary asphalt parking lot on PACE Center Drive, as well as a temporary multi-use area close to Mainstreet that could feature food trucks, special events or other active uses.
The proposed improvements were approved at the Monday, May 1 Town Council meeting. Construction is planned to begin in May, with completion currently scheduled for mid-June.
This land is planned for future development as part of the Master Developer RFQ process that is underway, so these site changes will be temporary in nature. Once the Master Developer has been selected, an in-depth community outreach process will take place to solicit feedback. You can learn more about the Master Developer Process at www.ReinvestInDowntownParker.com.
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 Active Development Map, which you can find at www.ParkerOnline.org/DevelopmentMap, is also a helpful resource.
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 Court will supply you with a cover letter and time cards.
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.
School bus routes not already plowed under the second priority are our third priority and will be plowed when accumulation exceeds three inches. School bus routes include all streets that school buses travel on their pickup and drop-off routes, including neighborhood streets with bus stops.
Per Town Council policy, local residential roads and cul-de-sacs that provide traffic flow within subdivisions and access to homes are not plowed unless 10 inches or more snow has accumulated on the streets themselves or if major drifting has occurred. Additional Information
Once a snow storm is imminent, the Town’s snow plowing crews switch to mandatory 12-hours shift 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 employ contract snow removal services as necessary and as resources allow.
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 help with this issue, try to 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.
If the group mailbox fronts to a neighborhood sidewalk, the adjacent property owner or Homeowner’s Association 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.
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 Parker bridges.
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.