Project Objectives

The Town of Parker has hired Urban Design Associates (UDA) and DIG Studio to update Parker’s Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family, and Mixed-Use Design Standards.

Parker’s Development Design Standards serve as the framework for developers to design sites and buildings in the community. Having quality design, construction materials and well-thought-out building sites is of vital importance to maintaining Parker’s “hometown feel” and quality of life.

The objectives of this project include:

  • Reflect the community's desire for a high-quality environment and a 'hometown character' in Parker
  • Create consistent expectations and predictability for the development community
  • Incorporate best practices to the Development Design Standards

Project Description


The Town of Parker’s current Design Standards have had minor amendments in recent years with relatively few changes since the document was formally adopted in 1999. Over the next nine months, the UDA project team will rewrite the Town’s Design Standards to reflect current market and design trends. Urban Design Associates and Dig Studio have helped communities like Parker decide what kinds of improvements to multi-family, commercial, and mixed-use developments they would like to see. The document will result in a user-friendly guide that will focus on updated architectural styles, site planning and building designs for the Parker community.  

The project timeline is organized into a three-step process:

Step 1: Listening

Step 1 Listening consists of a host of stakeholder meetings and open houses designed to provide an intensive series of opportunities for listening and understanding the challenges of Parker - public engagement and information gathering as the core focus.

Step 2: Testing Ideas

Step 2 Testing Ideas will focus on conceptual design. The project team will work in real time to produce recommendations for the Standards with the stakeholders and public participants. We'll draw and model building design and form and develop recommendations together with the community.

Step 3: Deciding

Step 3 Deciding will consist of the development of final chapters of the Design Standards, and will explore relevant tools for implementation for the Town

Community Workshop #1 - What we Heard

On Wednesday, May 4th, 2017, the team held the first Community Workshop at the PACE Center. A project overview presentation was held at the beginning of the meeting. Workshop attendees participated in a visual exercise, exploring different building elements and architectural styles of multi-family, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use buildings they liked and didn't like. Download the presentation materials and results below:

Community Workshop #2

Please join us for a workshop focused on the design of buildings and development projects in Parker. This will be an opportunity to work with the design team to test and incorporate your ideas on the character and form for the Town. 

There will be a short presentation at the beginning of the meeting, and then designers will invite meeting participants to provide input as we test different options for the Standards. Community input is critical to creating Standards that match vision for the character of Parker. 

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
5–7 PM

Parker Public Library

event Room
20105 Mainstreet

Parker, Colorado, 80138

Community Workshop #2 - Flyer

This event is hosted by the Town of Parker with Urban Design Associates (UDA) and Dig Studio. Please call (303) 805-3336 or email for more information.

Check back here for our Visual Preference Survey - We'll be asking community members to weigh in on the range of character and patterns they see as indicative of the Town of Parker.

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