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You’ll have several chances to be an involved citizen this week.  Tonight, the City is holding an open house for property owners, renters, and business owners in the Golden Heights/Golden Hills neighborhood.  This is the second open house for this neighborhood.  The first was last October.  The end result will be a neighborhood plan, which will guide any future changes to the neighborhood.  Several plans for other Golden neighborhoods have already been finished and approved by council.  These plans are posted on the City website.

Tomorrow night, the Amendment 64 (recreational marijuana) Task Force will have a public input session at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  This group has been charged with studying the questions associated with legalized marijuana, such as 1) do we want to allow marijuana sales in Golden? 2) if so, should there be restrictions as to where vendors should be able to set up shop? 3) do you have any concerns about permitting marijuana sales? 4) do you see any advantages to allowing the sales? 5) should we include marijuana availability in our official tourism campaign?  If you want to weigh in on these issues, attend the meeting or write the committee at

Wednesday night, the Planning Commission will hold public hearings on several topics, including a property on Golden Ridge Road and another on Mount Zion Road; the proposed new urban renewal area on West Colfax; a possible zoning change regarding the “bulk” allowed in single family residential zones, and a proposal to improve or reclaim alleyways in the Central neighborhoods, with the goal of encouraging their use for parking and vehicle access to properties.  That meeting will be held in City Council chambers at 6:30.

Thursday night, City Council will hold a study session during which they will interview candidates for a number of openings on City boards and commissions.  That meeting will begin at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.