Arvada, CO, Land Development Code
Updated October 2020
By: City of Arvada
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The city’s land development code includes sign regulations amended in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert (§6.17). These regulations generally adhere to a literal interpretation of content neutrality (i.e., you do not have to read a sign to know whether it is in compliance with the regulations). However, they do prohibit specific types of harmful, illegal, or obscene content, under the assumption that these provisions will satisfy “the strict scrutiny” test because the content prohibitions are “narrowly tailored to serve a compelling governmental interest” (§6.17.4.G).
The city's land development code was amended in 2012 and 2015 to address urban agriculture. It defines several classes of "community agricultural uses": community agriculture, community garden, community supported agricultural farm, and market garden (§10.3). Community agriculture is permitted by right in all districts (§5.1.2). Use standards are provided for these and related uses (§5.2), including community gardens (§5.2.9), community supported agriculture farms (§5.2.10), crop production farms (§5.2.13), greenhouse (§5.2.21), market gardens (§5.2.26), and produce stands (§5.2.31). Standards address hours of operation, buffers, lighting, structures, parking, maintenance.
2010 Population: 106,433
2010 Population Density: 3,028.66/square mile