Background

History of Transitional Area Overlay District Zoning 



  • July 2001 - The Broomfield City Council approved an annexation agreement stating "zoning designations in existence at the time of annexation will remain after annexation."  In the annexation agreement, Broomfield also agreed to install water lines in the newly annexed area.
  • October 2001 - Broomfield annexed the Wilcox Estates area in October 2001 and fulfilled its annexation commitments by not re-zoning the property upon annexation and instead utilizing the Legacy Adams County A-1 zoning for the area.  Water lines were later installed in the area. 
  • 2002 to 2004 - To develop the current TOAD requirements, Broomfield held five neighborhood meetings and conducted a neighborhood (mail) survey over the course of two years to understand concerns of the neighborhood and draft possible amendments to the zoning to address those concerns.  The meetings were attended by residents, City Council members, and potential developers in the area.
  • August 2005 - A survey distributed to residents attending the neighborhood meeting on August 31, 2005, measured the neighborhood reaction to several different categories of proposed transitional uses along the north side of W. 144th Avenue (Attachment 4 includes the number of residents in support of various uses at that time).  The survey also requested respondents identify site layout, design and construction, and other elements that could provide a transition to the rural residential character to the north, such as a preference for residential or a non-residential building form.
  • March 2006 - Staff used survey results and comments from prior neighborhood meetings to draft a Transitional Overlay Area District (TOAD) ordinance.  A neighborhood meeting was held on March 2, 2006, to discuss the proposed transitional overlay ordinance. A separate meeting was held on March 26, 2006, with owners of property located within the transitional area.  
  • June 2006 - Staff used the results of this survey to prepare Ordinance No. 1836 which was approved by City Council on June 13, 2006.  The ordinance modified the Legacy Adams County A-1 District to prohibit the uses identified by the survey as no longer appropriate.  These eliminated uses included things such as dog tracks, automobile race drag strip, commercial kennels, drive-in theaters, and truck stops.
  • May 2012 - City Council held a study session regarding possible amendments to the Broomfield Municipal Code to revise the TOAD requirements to address resident and property owner concerns.  City Council directed staff to wait until individual property owners within the TOAD were provided opportunity to bring forward individual projects within the TOAD.
  • July 2016 - City Council held a study session regarding possible amendments to the Broomfield Municipal Code to revise the TOAD requirements to address resident and property owner concerns.    City Council directed staff to work with the residents and property owners to draft revisions for City Council consideration.  City Council further directed that such efforts would begin after the Comprehensive Plan Update was completed (adopted in November 2016).