Golden, Colorado

A Compass for the Future

Golden (pop. 19,000) experienced spurts of growth throughout its history, presenting challenges of walkability, community engagement, and affordable housing. Golden wanted to involve the community in discussing the future. Through block parties, chili socials, festivals and community summits, more than 2,000 residents participated, a high water mark for Golden.

30% the amount Golden's population grew from 1990 to 2000.
12% the percent of Golden's population that participated in Golden Vision 2030.
1% the limit Golden imposed on new residences per year in response to rapid growth in 1993.

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Goals & results

Actively engaging residents, gathering their stories and analyzing them resulted in three guiding themes:

  • Accessible and Walkable;
  • Active Outdoors/Environment;
  • Safe, Clean, Quiet Neighborhoods

The shared priorities identified by Golden Vision 2030 became the starting point and guide for future comprehensive plan updates, neighborhood plans, land use decisions, code changes and community investment decisions. Golden was recognized with awards from the International Association of Public Participation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments.