The fall of a nationwide big-box retailer may lead to one of the most visible new developments in Englewood: the sprawling, 15-acre lot of land once home to Sports Authority's corporate headquarters. …
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Planned-unit developments allow for a mix of possible types of properties that a city's normal zoning — the regulation of what can be built where — wouldn't allow. The civic-center area is a PUD, although PUDs don't have to be that large.
The process of whether the city approves or denies an application likely takes four to six months, according to a city document.
First, a neighborhood meeting or meetings allow the developer to hear input and questions from neighbors and introduces the neighborhood to the development concept. The second step is for the formal PUD application to be submitted to the city.
Next, the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, an appointed group of citizens, hears input from residents in a public hearing. The commission then has the choice to recommend that city council approve the plan, deny it or approve it with conditions — suggestions of what should be changed.
Finally, citizens can comment in another public hearing before city council. Council then has two rounds of voting — or two “readings” — to decide whether to approve, approve with conditions or deny the plan.
For both public hearings, the city publishes a notice and posts at the property the hearing date.
The public can also send written comments to the City of Englewood's Community Development Department at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, Colorado 80110.
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