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Design and Construction Standards

2019 Updates to the DCS and Downloadable PDF

The Design and Construction Standards pdf includes updated utilities chapters, effective as of June 20, 2019. Users can open as a PDF or in a web browser and use the contents or bookmarks menu to navigate to specific chapters.

Utilities Chapters of the DCS

The city recently updated the Design and Construction Standards. Parts of Chapters 4, 5,6, 7 and 9 were updated, along with related drawings in Chapter 11, to comply with the State of Colorado’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and update standards to represent current best practices and associated technical details. Changes are effective June 20, 2019, and all technical document review applications and permit applications submitted after this date will be required to comply with the updated version of the DCS. Any projects with completed applications for site review or form based code review that are submitted before June 20, 2019, will be allowed to continue through the process using the current DCS. An overview of changes is summarized in the May 21, 2019, City Council memo.

Changes were adopted by City Council after staff held a stakeholder meeting (March 25) and presented to the Water Resources Advisory Board (January 28 and February 25), Planning Board (April 18), and City Council (May 7 and May 21).  

Transportation Chapters of the DCS: 2019 Updates

The transportation related changes being proposed are in response to several years of community concerns regarding current transportation related design and construction standards. The goal of this update is to develop transportation standards that align with industry best practices, increase travel safety and implement approved Transportation Master Plan policies. Staff has heard feedback from community members and stakeholders, and has considered and incorporated parts of their feedback in the proposed changes.

Staff presented transportation-related changes to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) on March 11 and April 8. Following TAB’s feedback during the April 8 meeting, staff will prepare and review final changes to the proposed changes for TAB to consider at an upcoming board meeting. Planning Board will then consider and make a recommendation, and City Council will consider these changes this fall. This webpage will be updated as meetings dates and materials are finalized.

2000/2009 DCS

Please visit the 2000/2009 Design and Construction Standards web page if you need to review the previous versions of the Utilities chapters and other files.

Design and Construction Standards and Related Files

Chapter 11 Technical Drawings

2019 Design and Construction Standards

CAD Drawings

DCS Stormwater Checklists and Templates