Policy Summary

Creates a Sustainable Infill Redevelopment (SIR) District that would allow for mixed commercial and residential uses in highly developed areas of the city; allows urban agriculture uses and requires development within the SIR District to feature at least one of several options for energy efficiency, including local production of healthy food. Also prioritizes bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.

Background Information

State Colorado
Jurisdiction Name Aurora
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

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We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Includes "local production of healthy food" as a energy and conservation resource strategy. Sec. 146-737(A)(5).

Environmental goal?

Purposes of SIR include to promote complete connectivity for bicycles and pedestrians, and energy and resource efficiency. Sec. 146-732(B)(4) and (6). See also Sec. 146-735(C)(1). Proposed new developments in SIR districts are required to include at least one energy and conservation resource strategy: green infrastructure, renewable energy, passive solar, heat island effect reduction, local food production; buildings will exceed City's energy efficient building requirements. Sec. 146-737(A)(5).

Economic goal?

"The SIR district is intended to be a flexible zoning district that will support new businesses…" Sec. 146-732(A). One goal of SIR district is to provide "enhanced property values in neighborhoods and commercial areas." Sec. 146-732(B)(7). economic value; Sec. 146-737(A)

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of the sustainable infill redevelopment (SIR) district is to allow a compatible mix of commercial, civic and residential uses in areas suitable for infill development and redevelopment. It is intended for use in developed areas of the city that are located along major streets outside of existing single-family residential neighborhoods. The SIR district is intended to be a flexible zoning district that will support new businesses and maximize living choices." Sec. 146-732(A).

Includes definitions?

Sec. 146-2001

Addresses implementation?

"The planning director shall have the authority to adopt rules and regulations governing design and development of the SIR district." Sec. 146-733(B). See also Sec. 146-200.

Enforcement provisions?

Zoning code may be enforced through injunctive relief, and assessment of penalties of at least $50.00 per day, and other penalties allowed by the code. Sections 146-201 and 202.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Chapter 146 (Zoning); Article 7 (Mixed-Use and Special Districts). History: Ord. No. 2012-27, § 1, 7-9-2012, eff. 8-18-2012; Ord. No. 2014-14, § 17, 5-12-2014.


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