Residents Say No to Apartments in the Pinery located in Parker CO

Dated: March 8 2023

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Residents of the Pinery neighborhood of Parker have recently launched a lawsuit against Douglas County commissioners, with the goal of reversing a decision to construct 200 rental units near the area. The decision to build was based largely on the need for affordable housing to entice workers who can support businesses suffering from prolonged employee shortages. This would seem like a positive for both the business and private communities of the city. So why don’t Parker residents want the new apartments? 

What is the Character of a Neighborhood?

One of the primary complaints cited by Pinery residents against the new housing option is the supposed effect it will have on the neighborhood’s “character.” An area’s character is encompassed predominantly by the type of dwellings found there. In the case of Pinery, there are mostly low-density, single family homes, with a smattering of privately owned townhomes. The sudden appearance of a large, multi-family structure is incongruous to this character, according to the residents bringing forth the lawsuit. 


But zoning laws originally set forth when the neighborhood was first built in the 1970s do allow for continued urban development. The area is classified as a “separate urban area,” along with other neighborhoods in Parker, like Roxborough Castle and Pines Village. This designation permits urban expansion if it offers a “compelling public benefit that outweighs potential impacts.”


In this case, commissioners believe the fiscal benefits resulting from a refreshed workforce outweigh any potential impacts on the area’s character. 

Do Apartments Affect Property Value?

Although not specifically stated in the complaint by the Pinery residents, there is often an unspoken concern that the construction of rental properties, like apartment buildings, will negatively affect surrounding property values. In general, data does not support this concern. The primary issues that affect property values continue to be location, square footage, local crime rate, and overall condition of the property.

Traffic Issues With Multi-Family Housing?

The new housing development will sprawl along the edge of the Pinery, just off Highway 83. Over 200 new occupants will undoubtedly cause a traffic increase in the area, which is another concern of current residents. In order to assuage this concern, the developer (Ulysses) has pledged to finance and oversee certain road improvements. This includes a full expansion from Pinery Center Boulevard to Scott Avenue, as well as ample traffic signal improvements. 

Crime in Neighborhoods with Multifamily Housing

Another unofficial concern suggested by an influx of emails and comments from Pinery residents is the potential for increased crime. But, just like the notion of decreased property values, this concern appears to be unfounded. In fact, law enforcement officials insist the new development will help reduce crime rates in the area by offering affordable housing for young deputies and their families. 

Is Parker a Good Place to Live?

Time will tell if the residents of the Pinery are successful in halting the new apartments. In the meantime, Parker continues to be one of the most desirable places to live in Colorado. Top rated schools, job opportunities, parks and trails, and vibrant and diverse communities make this suburb a top choice for those moving to Colorado. 


If you are looking for your perfect home in Parker, contact Jennifer Gaines with the Gaines Advantage. Jenn is a Colorado native who grew up in this gorgeous area of the state. As a licensed RealtorⓇ, she brings compassion and dedication to each of her clients and works tirelessly to match them to their dream home. Call or go online today to get started. 

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