POLICY DATABASE
Aurora, CO., Building & Zoning Division 7 (current through Aug. 11, 2017)
Brief Summary
Creates a Sustainable Infill Redevelopment (SIR) District that would allow for mixed commercial and residential uses in highly developed areas of the city; allows urban agriculture uses and requires development within the SIR District to feature at least one of several options for energy efficiency, including local production of healthy food. Also prioritizes bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Colorado
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Aurora
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Includes "local production of healthy food" as a energy and conservation resource strategy. Sec. 146-737(A)(5).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Purposes of SIR include to promote complete connectivity for bicycles and pedestrians, and energy and resource efficiency. Sec. 146-732(B)(4) and (6). See also Sec. 146-735(C)(1). Proposed new developments in SIR districts are required to include at least one energy and conservation resource strategy: green infrastructure, renewable energy, passive solar, heat island effect reduction, local food production; buildings will exceed City's energy efficient building requirements. Sec. 146-737(A)(5).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. "The SIR district is intended to be a flexible zoning district that will support new businesses…" Sec. 146-732(A). One goal of SIR district is to provide "enhanced property values in neighborhoods and commercial areas." Sec. 146-732(B)(7). economic value; Sec. 146-737(A).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The purpose of the sustainable infill redevelopment (SIR) district is to allow a compatible mix of commercial, civic and residential uses in areas suitable for infill development and redevelopment. It is intended for use in developed areas of the city that are located along major streets outside of existing single-family residential neighborhoods. The SIR district is intended to be a flexible zoning district that will support new businesses and maximize living choices." Sec. 146-732(A).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Sec. 146-2001.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "The planning director shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations governing design and development of the SIR district." Sec. 146-733(B). See also Sec. 146-200.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Zoning code may be enforced through injunctive relief, and assessment of penalties of at least $50.00 per day, and other penalties allowed by the code. Sections 146-201 and 202.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Chapter 146 (Zoning); Article 7 (Mixed-Use and Special Districts). History: Ord. No. 2012-27, § 1, 7-9-2012, eff. 8-18-2012; Ord. No. 2014-14, § 17, 5-12-2014.