Future developers of residential property will be able to increase the number of units in the project by doubling the amount of greenspace if the Commerce City Council accepts the recommendation of the city’s planning commission.
The Commerce Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend an amendment to the city zoning ordinance that would, in effect, allow developers to double the density of units from four per acre to eight per acre by allocating 40 percent of the property for greenspace.
Currently, developers throughout Commerce are required to set aside 20 percent of land for greenspace, but they have an option of using an “open space design,” which requires 40 percent.
“The problem is, there was no incentive to give more to greenspace because the density requirement was the same,” noted planning director David Zellner.
The planners voted to allow double density in exchange for the larger greenspace.
For example, currently if a developer has 10 acres, with two set aside for greenspace and four units per acre allowed on the remaining eight acres, he can build 32 units. If he opts for greater green-space, he will be able to place eight units on each of the six developable acres, or 48 units.
There are some caveats, however.
“They will be required to bring in design guidelines before approval,” Zellner told the planners. “If y’all do not agree with the size of the houses, the look of the houses or the use of the open space, they will not get the double density.”
The requirements will include minimum square footage, architectural standards and the larger greenspace.
The Commerce City Council will vote on the recommendation at its Sept. 23 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Commerce Room of the Commerce Civic Center. That meeting was pushed back a week due to the Labor