Mineral has been greatly impacted since the addition of high-density housing in the area, especially at Platte Canyon and Mineral. There has been no additional light control on Mineral. Why does the city continue to add density without adjustments to handle it?
Development through existing property rights and past zoning is a well-protected right by the legal system here in Colorado. As a result, the city sometimes has a limited ability to control the level of density in new development. The city has the ability to require improvements from a developer that are immediately adjacent to their site, but on a far more limited basis off the property. Many communities on the Front Range have significantly higher development impact fees for transportation that are collected and utilized to address impacts that require “oversizing” of existing infrastructure. Littleton’s impact fees are limited in scope and cost, so system impacts are generally borne by the city’s general and capital funds.