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Severance, Colo., Code § 16.12.130 (current through Mar. 5, 2019)
Brief Summary
This provision requires neighborhood parks to be included in residential developments within walking distance (1/3 of a mile) of residences (with exceptions) and includes specifications for the same, including a requirement that such parks must include opportunities for active or passive recreation, including, e.g., community gardens, playgrounds.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: Colorado
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Severance
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to parks needing to be within walking distance of residential unites to provide supervised play for young children. §16.12.130 (a).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. See reference to "active or passive recreation opportunities." § 16.12.130 (a).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Unclear. See reference to "trees and irrigation." § 16.12.130 (a).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
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. Intent is "to ensure that a comprehensive, integrated network of parks and open space is developed and preserved as the community grows. Civic spaces should appropriately correspond to their neighborhoods and generally be located at the neighborhood center. Playgrounds should be distributed evenly throughout each neighborhood. The following are formal standards to ensure functionality and walkability and should be viewed as guidelines, as all variables cannot be included. Each subdivision will be viewed independently for indirect recreational amenities and opportunities and for the overall active and passive recreational needs of the community. [All parks in all subdivisions should not be alike.] All parks should be designed to maximize activity and supervision." § 16.12.10.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 16.7.10. See also § 16.12.20 (defining "open space").
Does the law address implementation in some way?
No.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
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
Section 16.12.130. is located in Chapter 16 - Land Use Code, ARTICLE 12 - Parks and Open Space, Division 2 - Types of Parks and Open Space. History: Ord. 2012-02.