|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Letters -- 2021|
Articles that refer to this letter:
Tom Schweich to City of Golden, 3/1/2021
420 Arapahoe Street
Golden, CO 80403
March 2, 2021
(via Email through Rick Muriby and Lauren Simmons)
Re: PC21-02 510 Arapahoe St - Site Plan
I am writing with regard to the Site Plan for 510 Arapahoe Street, specifically regard to garage setback from the alley.
The Site Plan the neighborhood was shown February 2, 2021, showed that the garages would open onto the alley and the garages would be set back the minimum 5 feet.
I understand the 5-foot setback for auxiliary buildings. This is appropriate for sheds and similar buildings.
However, defining a garage with a door opening on the alley as an auxiliary building and allowing a 5 foot setback is shoving a parking problem out into the public alley right of way. We all know that garages in Colorado frequently fill up with kayaks, bicycles, rafts, and what not. (In fact, there is a raft frame on a trailer next to the garage associated with Vehicle 2.) So an occupant of one of these narrow duplexes sometimes has room to park only one vehicle in from of their home and one vehicle behind the garage.
Figure 1, below, is a photograph taken March 1, 2021 of the alley between Iowa Street and 1st Street. This photograph represents the typical parking situation in this alley.
At the Neighborhood Meeting for 510 Arapahoe Street, the sort of parking problem illustrated in Figure 1 was discussed and the applicant said they would take care of it.
However, the Site Plan for your March 3rd meeting shows no change from the Site Plan presented to the neighborhood on February 2, 2021. The garages are still shown with just 5 feet setback from the alley.
This is going to cause a problem for the neighbors and the applicant should be required to move the garages farther away from the alley.
Also recall that we are now considering very substantial changes to our Zoning Code. Many of the proposed Building Form Types place importance on alley access to the dwellings. This will increase the use of alleys and the need to preserve free and open alley access to all users.
I hope that the Planning Commission will be able to persuade the applicant to move the garages farther back from the alley, and preserve alley access for all the neighbors.
Thomas A. Schweich
Date and time this article was prepared: 5/9/2021 10:47:44 AM