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Commercial Development
In the City of Commerce City, there are three commercial zone districts. They are as follows:
  • C-1: Local Commercial District
  • C-2: General Commercial District
  • C-3: Regional Commercial District

Each zone district has a unique purpose, and the combination of regulations for a particular zone district are designed to meet that intended purpose. For example, the C-1: Local Commercial District is intended to provide a district designed for administration and professional services, local employment and services, and small local retail districts designed for smaller retail shopping and personal service areas. The regulations for the C-1 zone district contribute to the creation of local business services and local retail districts within neighborhoods.

These regulations can generally be broken down into two categories: bulk standards, and design standards.

Bulk standards deal with the general form of a building, and determine things like the maximum size and placement of a building on a lot. These regulations typically include the lot size, floor area ratio, open space, height, and setbacks. The purpose of bulk standards is to allow building forms within a particular zone district that are characteristic of the built environment that zone district is intended to create.

Design standards deal with the specific architectural details of a building. These regulations typically include exterior materials, entry features, and the location of windows and doors. The purpose of design standards is to promote the design of an environment that is built to a human scale, to encourage attractive street fronts that accommodate pedestrians in a safe and pleasant manner, and to allow for vehicular movement.

The Commercial Districts Facts-to-Know explains what each of the bulk standards means and how to measure them and details specific requirements for each of the commercial zone districts.

There are also various commercial areas, predominately in the northern part of the city, that are zoned PUD (Planned Unit Development). Each of these PUDs is unique, and may have different standards than those for the regular commercial zone districts. Please contact the Planner of the Day to obtain a copy of a PUD zone document for the specific standards which apply in a particular PUD.

Industrial Development
In the City of Commerce City, there are four industrial zone districts. They are as follows:
  • I-1: Light-Intensity Industrial District
  • I-1S: Industrial Park Storage District
  • I-2: Medium-Intensity Industrial District
  • I-3: Heavy-Intensity Industrial District

Each zone district has a unique purpose, and the combination of regulations for a particular zone district are designed to meet that intended purpose. For example, the I-1: Light-Intensity Industrial District is intended to provide a general commercial and restricted industrial district designed for a variety of compatible business, warehouse, wholesale, office, and limited industrial uses. The regulations for the I-1 zone district contribute to the creation of light industrial park developments.

These regulations can generally be broken down into two categories: bulk standards, and design standards.

Bulk standards deal with the general form of a building, and determine things like the maximum size and placement of a building on a lot. These regulations typically include the lot size, floor area ratio, open space, height, and setbacks. The purpose of bulk standards is to allow building forms within a particular zone district that are characteristic of the built environment that zone district is intended to create.

Design standards deal with the specific architectural details of a building. These regulations typically include exterior materials, entry features, and the location of windows and doors. The purpose of design standards is to promote the design of an environment that is built to a human scale, to encourage attractive street fronts that accommodate pedestrians in a safe and pleasant manner, and to allow for vehicular movement.

The Industrial Development Facts-to-Know explains what each of the bulk standards means and how to measure it, as well as lists the specific requirements for each of the industrial zone districts.

There are also various industrial areas, predominately in the northern part of the city, that are zoned PUD (Planned Unit Development). Each of these PUDs is unique, and may have different standards than those for the regular industrial zone districts. Please contact the Planner of the Day to obtain a copy of a PUD zone document for the specific standards which apply in a particular PUD.

The following links provide detailed information about Commerce City’s commercial and industrial development requirements:
Approved Plant List Facts to Know
Commercial Development Facts to Know
Development Plan (PUD Development Permit) Process/Checklist Facts to Know
Helpful Contact Information
Industrial Development Facts to Know
Landscape Plan/Checklist Facts to Know
Landscape Standards Facts to Know
Mixed-Use Development Facts to Know
Pre-Application Meeting Questionnaire and  Facts to Know
Requirements For Joining The Northern Infrastructure General Improvement District

Sources for Additional Information:
Interactive Property Lookup Map (What’s My Zoning?)
Land Development Code Article IV (Zoning Districts)