How does zoning work in Parker?

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 vision for growth and development, 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 use instead of residential use, 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.

The Town Council can ensure that developers meet the Town’s zoning standards and require that they provide adequate infrastructure and amenities such as parks, trails, open space and landscaping buffers. Parker also works hard to ensure that developments are of a high quality and pay their fair share for improvements that mitigate 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. You can also view the Town’s Zoning Map to see how land in Parker is currently zoned.

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1. How is the Parker Cultural Department funded?
2. I don’t have time to attend Town meetings. How can I find out what’s on the agenda and what happens at the meetings?
3. How does zoning work in Parker?
4. Does the Town have a say in development taking place outside of Parker’s limits?
5. How can I find out what uses are planned for a specific piece of property in Parker?
6. How much of the property tax I pay goes to the Town of Parker?
7. How is Town traffic signal timing determined?
8. What is Parker doing to improve traffic congestion?
9. How is the Town of Parker planning for the future?
10. Is all vacant land in Parker designated open space?
11. Where can I learn about development happening in Parker?
12. Will changes be made to the look and feel of Parker Road from E-470 to 20-Mile Road to better fit with Parker's small town feel and to improve the first impression many people have of Parker?
13. Where can I learn more about Urban Renewal in Parker?
14. When will Rueter-Hess Reservoir be open to the public?
15. Can personal recreational equipment be used at for classes and activities at Rueter-Hess Reservoir?