Policy Summary

This provision requires neighborhood parks to be included in residential developments within walking distance (1/3 of a mile) of residences (with exceptions) and includes specifications for the same, including a requirement that such parks must include opportunities for active or passive recreation, including, e.g., community gardens, playgrounds.

Background Information

State Colorado
Jurisdiction Name Severance
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size Under 5,000 People
Legal Strategies
  • 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?

Refers to parks needing to be within walking distance of residential unites to provide supervised play for young children. §16.12.130 (a).

Health-related goal?

See reference to "active or passive recreation opportunities." § 16.12.130 (a).

Environmental goal?

See reference to "trees and irrigation." § 16.12.130 (a).

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Intent is "to ensure that a comprehensive, integrated network of parks and open space is developed and preserved as the community grows. Civic spaces should appropriately correspond to their neighborhoods and generally be located at the neighborhood center. Playgrounds should be distributed evenly throughout each neighborhood. The following are formal standards to ensure functionality and walkability and should be viewed as guidelines, as all variables cannot be included. Each subdivision will be viewed independently for indirect recreational amenities and opportunities and for the overall active and passive recreational needs of the community. [All parks in all subdivisions should not be alike.] All parks should be designed to maximize activity and supervision." § 16.12.10.

Includes definitions?

§ 16.7.10. See also § 16.12.20 (defining "open space").

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Section 16.12.130. is located in Chapter 16 - Land Use Code, ARTICLE 12 - Parks and Open Space, Division 2 - Types of Parks and Open Space. History: Ord. 2012-02.


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