The Centennial Land Development Code has been chosen by the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association as a 2010 Colorado Merit Award …
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The Centennial Land Development Code has been chosen by the
Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association as a 2010
Colorado Merit Award winner as an Outstanding Planning Project.
The awards committee called the city’s code an important and
innovative “first step” toward achieving new methods of planning in
The award represents significant efforts by the city to ensure a
long-term vision for responsible development, according to Wayne
Reed, the city’s director of planning and development.
“It demonstrates that our community has created a
custom-tailored land-development framework to fit the needs of our
community,” he said. “The association particularly noted that we
were addressing sustainability aspects, which is obviously a hot
topic in our industry.”
The city council adopted the wide-ranging land-development code
in April. The long-awaited document had been written after
receiving input from citizens, business owners and other
stakeholders throughout the city.
Reed says the new document has essentially created an
intentional vision to meet the existing expectations of
Centennial’s residential and business sectors.
“It ensures that we’re going to continue protecting property
values while preventing unintended consequences,” he said. “We’ve
protected what people already think their neighborhoods provide
Reed says the new city code was also designed to implement the
goals of Centennial’s Comprehensive Plan and “Our Voice. Our
Vision. Centennial 2030,” a document created by citizen committees
The code replaced Arapahoe County’s far less exacting and more
rural-minded code that had been inherited by the city at the time
of its 2001 incorporation.
“We were working off a more than quarter-century old code,” Reed
said of the county’s document. “It did not have the basic zoning
districts that applicants could pick from. It did not incorporate
charts for particular neighborhoods.”
According to Reed, the new code seeks to protect neighborhoods
from adjacent commercial development, while allowing high-quality
development and redevelopment of Centennial’s aging commercial
The code has also streamlined the development process for many
smaller commercial projects, Reed said.
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