With a population of over 350,000, Aurora, Colorado, is the third largest city in Colorado and the dominant destination for new development on the eastern flanks of the Denver metropolitan area. The city is both ethnically and economically diverse, and is served by both the I-225 and E-470 freeway corridors and the new Aurora line of RTD’s rapidly expanding Fast Tracks light rail system. Clarion Associates was retained by the city to lead a team including Winter & Company to draft the first new zoning ordinance for the city in many decades. The Clarion Team first conducted
extensive stakeholder interviews and developed a detailed Needs Assessment that identified the need to simplify the city’s land use regulations, eliminate many obsolete districts, create new districts better matched to the city’s planning goals, and streamline and clarify development review procedures. Using these recommendations as a guide, Clarion worked closely with city staff to draft individual modules of the code for review. The final adoption draft of the Unified a Development Ordinance is now being reviewed and is scheduled for adoption in late 2018.