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Sub-Area Planning

The City has begun the development of specific area plans for many of the corridors and areas zoned for mixed-use development as part of the Land Development Code adopted by the City Council in May of 2020.  The areas are important for future redevelopment and the economic stability of the City. 

A sub-area plan is a type of long range planning for a limited geographic area within the City. These sub-area plans focus on goals and policies for topics such as land use, urban design, architectural design and transportation.

The following sub-area planning efforts are currently underway:


New Town Sub-Area Plan:  

The New Town Sub-Area is generally defined as the areas along Wadsworth Boulevard and Bypass between the G Line tracks on the north and Interstate 70 on the south.  The Arvada Marketplace shopping center along 52nd Avenue is also included.

What's happening now: The next open house will take place during the first quarter of 2022.


Northwest Arvada Sub-Area Plan:

The Northwest Arvada Sub-Area is generally defined as the area east of State Highway 93 to Gladiola Street, including the Indiana Street corridor, and between the railroad tracks on the south and the City boundary on the north.

What's happening now: The next open house will take place during the first quarter of 2022.


Square Lake Sub-Area Plan:

The Square Lake Sub-Area is a collaborative project with Adams County that is generally defined as the area east of Sheridan Boulevard to Tennyson Street between 52nd Avenue on the south and 60th Avenue on the north. The City of Arvada portion of the Square Lake area is generally located east of Sheridan Boulevard to Tennyson Street between 58th Avenue and 60th Avenue.

What's happening now: The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the plan in the next few months. Additional information will be posted here in the near future.



How To Get Involved

  • Use the green button below to add your comments and/or questions and staff will follow-up. 
  • Sign up for e-mails related to one or all of the sub-area plan efforts by clicking the green button below.
  • Attend open houses regarding the sub-area plans.  If you are not able to attend a particular meeting, information will be provided on the sub-area plan  page regarding how to view the presentation and provide comments.
  • Stay tuned to other communication channels, including the Arvada Report and the ArvadaNews, and through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor for updates.

  Add your comments or sign-up for email updates



General Sub Area Plan Approach

Land Development Code Information


2021 Land Development Code Update

After use of the Land Development Code (LDC) for over a year, the City team has identified a number of minor changes, and a few major changes, that will make the Code easier to understand and administer.

Fine-tuning was anticipated, as new concepts and processes were introduced with the LDC.


The City Council will hold an additional workshop regarding the updates to the LDC on Monday, December 13th.


Details regarding the proposed changes can be found in the following documents:


2020 Land Development Code

The City of Arvada has updated the Land Development Code (LDC), which are the regulations that govern development in the city. The LDC affects all development and helps shape where you live, where you work and where you play. The previous LDC was approved in 2008 and while there had been some updates, it had become out of date. A review of current issues was needed to make sure the LDC provided the best zoning and land use approaches for the future.

 View the Adopted LDC 

The Land Development Code and the associated Zoning Map, both adopted by the City Council on May 18, 2020, and the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map Amendments, ratified by the City Council on May 18, 2020, are available for review by clicking the links below.  



 View the Zoning Map

 View the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map


Land Development Code Update Archive Page:

Archived information regarding the Land Development Code update process can be found on this page, including presentations for committees and open houses.





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