Rooney Valley Commission - Indigo at Red Rocks Rezoning

Case: RZ-17-001
Applicant Cardel Homes is requesting to rezone approximately 77.7 acres of land within the City of Lakewood to the west of future South McIntyre Street from Planned Development/Mixed-Use Employment Suburban (PD/M-E-S) from east to west to Residential Multifamily (R-MF), Mixed-Use Neighborhood Suburban (M-N-S) and Mixed-Use General Suburban (M-G-S), respectively; and to rezone the approximately 20.8 acres within the City of Lakewood to the east of future south McIntyre Street from Planned Development/Mixed-Use General Suburban (PD/M-G-S) to Two-Family and Small Lot Residential (R-2).


Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation


Rezoning Review Criteria
  • The proposed zoning or rezoning promotes the purposes of this Zoning Ordinance as stated in Section 17.1.2; and
  • The proposed zoning or rezoning is compatible with existing surrounding land uses or the land uses envisioned in the Comprehensive Pan: and
  • The proposed zoning or rezoning meets at least one of the following additional criteria a) The proposed zoning or rezoning promotes implementation of the Comprehensive Plan; or b) There has been a material change in the character of the neighborhood or the City generally, such the proposed zoning or rezoning would be in the public interest and consistent with the change; or c) The property for the zoning or rezoning was previously zoned in error.

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We are unable to make the meeting on June 26 but my wife and I are against the rezoning of the Indigo and Red Rocks rezoning. Lakewood and Morrison are unable to adequately service the current area of Solterra and adding additional residential dwellings would provide even poor city se4vices to the proposed area as well as the existing homes. Please do not approve this rezoning request.

Terrance & Roberta Tucker

06/25/2018 2:32 pm
Terrance M Tucker
3 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment

Please go with low density housing in this area. Our infrastructure and environment (roads, water, sewer, air pollution, traffic, open space ) does not accommodate high density or medium density development.

06/25/2018 9:28 am
Roger Ball
3 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment

Although I cannot attend the meeting, please be advised that I share the same concerns as the author of the post below on Solterra Connect.

Where is the part of the plan to provide needed services to the area, including retail stores such as groceries, restaurants, and just plain old small business offices? Where will these kids go to school, as schools out here are full to the brim.

Please continue the existing zoning and say no to Big Developers who want to build housing without regard to these issues.

Donna J. Williams
Michael T. Williams

Say NO to inappropriate development in the Rooney Valley!

Exactly 2 months ago, over 100 local residents spoke knowledgeably and passionately to the Rooney Valley Planning Commission, citing numerous reasons why the proposed Red Rocks Ranch ODP (Overall Development Plan) should not be approved. The developer, Ventana, was requesting rezoning to allow a significant increase in housing densities and a significant decrease in the amount of commercial space. Other proposals that are in opposition to the Rooney Valley's long-term sustainability were also under discussion. After 2 evenings of hearing unanimous opposition to the plan, the RVPC voted to approve the ODP. It was subsequently approved by the Town of Morrison Trustees. Fortunately, last-minute citizen action has now placed the final outcome on hold. Fast forward to this Tuesday, June 26. The Rooney Valley Planning Commission will convene a hearing on another proposed high-density development in the same area - the roughly 400 acres bounded by Morrison Road, C470, Yale and Indiana. This time the developer is Cardel and the land is within Lakewood jurisdiction. But the ODP would again be disastrous for the Rooney Valley and its residents. The Planning Commission needs to hear from EVERY resident who wants to conserve the unique and irreplaceable Rooney Valley. High density housing without commercial amenities, adequate job-generating commercial development, sufficient infrastructure and access to schools will ultimately turn the greater Green Mountain/Rooney Valley area into yet another sub-standard sub-division. Please attend, ask the tough questions and state your opinion. TUESDAY, JUNE 26 - 6:00PM AT RED ROCKS BAPTIST CHURCH If you can't attend, share your comments with the Planning Commission at

06/25/2018 6:50 am
Michael T Williams/ Donna J. Williams
3 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment

Cardel has been a great homebuilder in Solterra and their proposal to downzone their property demonstrates their commitment to respecting existing residents in the Rooney Valley. Cardel has zoning in place which would allow them to build dense multi-family structures. I applaud them for moving forward with this self-imposed downzoning instead of moving forward with their existing entitlements. This is a smart developer practicing smart growth that’s in line with Plan Rooney Valley.

Additionally, Cardel has demonstrated a strong commitment to Lakewood over the last decade. As a board member of The Action Center, I have seen their commitment to community first hand. The Action Center distributes school supplies to nearly 5,000 Jeffco children every year. In the past, we could only provide one backpack per family. Thanks to a sponsorship from Cardel, we have been able to provide every child with a backpack for the past several years. Cardel has helped thousands of Jeffco students get their school year off to a great start.

06/22/2018 3:50 pm
LaDawn Sperling
3 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment

I am in full support of this downzoning request. As a Lakewood resident, I’m a firm believer that we need to continue to grow, but do so in a way that respects community character. I believe that Cardel’s request represents responsible development that aligns well with Solterra and the other residential communities to the east of the site. Cardel is essentially proposing to reduce units, density and traffic while increasing open space and setbacks. If that’s not responsible development then I don’t know what is. I would kindly ask that the Rooney Valley Planning Commission and Lakewood City Council approval this thoughtful request from a high-quality builder.

06/18/2018 9:04 am
Carson Priest
3 / 7 Planning Commissioners have viewed this comment

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