Downtown Design Standard Overlay

City Council has met three times to discuss Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations to implement a Downtown Commercial Overlay District to promote downtown vibrancy. The purpose for which this District is created is to enhance the pedestrian-oriented business and service character in the central core to support an active, vibrant street life. To determine the best path forward, we want to collaborate with residents, businesses and property owners to discuss what vitality and vibrancy should look like downtown, how we can achieve that goal, overlay boundaries, and more. We will look to you for insights and ideas in formulating the form and function of this potential design overlay.

Participation Options

  1. Participate in a group conversation on Wednesday, April 26 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. There will be two workshop sessions, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for whichever option works best for your schedule.
  2. Share comments online. Please fill out this brief questionnaire.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a design overlay district?    

An overlay district, sometimes known as an overlay zone, is a geographic zoning district layered on top of another existing zoning district, or districts, that implements additional regulations. This would be part of the City's development code. Like other zoning regulations, overlay districts can control building codes and urban design, permitted land use, density, and other factors. 

Why is this being considered and what are the goals? 

The idea of adding a downtown design overlay district is to put policy in place to promote downtown vibrancy. This includes enhancing the pedestrian-oriented business and service character in the central core to support an active, vibrant street life. 

Who might it apply to? 

Generally, this would be applied upon development applications submitted to the City after the final ordinance is adopted by City Council. Part of the community conversation is to discuss what kinds of development applications would trigger overlay requirements. For example, this could include any of the following: redevelopment, remodels, change of use, or others. 

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Related Documents

  1. Emery Ellingson

    Planner II

  2. Danielle Campbell

    Economic Development Specialist

  3. Hannah Klausman

    Director, Economic and Community Development