Following the Denver Planning Board's approval of the East Area Plan, City Council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to adopt the East Area Plan at its meeting Monday, November 16.
This final phase of the planning process is the culmination of three years of hard work by community members in South Park Hill, Hale, Montclair and East Colfax whose efforts and input have resulted in a truly community-driven long-term vision for these neighborhoods.
City Council Public Hearing
5:30 p.m., Monday, November 16
Virtual meeting via Zoom
Council members will vote on adoption of the plan and may also consider separately whether to reverse a change to the plan made by the Denver Planning Board as part of its review and approval of the draft plan last month. At the City Council public hearing, members of the public who sign up to speak may address the amendment made by the Planning Board and the plan as a whole. Read on for details on the change.
What does the plan do?
The plan addresses key neighborhood needs—helping local businesses remain and thrive, affordable housing, preserving the diversity of East Colfax Avenue as well as neighborhood architecture, trees and open spaces, and making it easier and safer to get around—by providing policy recommendations that will guide city decision-making over the next 20 years.
Key plan recommendations:
- Help current residents and small businesses stay in the community long-term by connecting them to resources and making more housing options available and afordable to families and individuals.
- Ensure the East area is an inclusive place in the future by increasing the amount of afordable housing using all available methods.
- Make Colfax Avenue a street that brings the East area’s diverse community together.
- Celebrate the architectural history of East Area neighborhoods by encouraging the preservation of existing homes and requiring complementary design of new housing.
- Preserve trees and landscaped areas. Create new parks and community-gathering spaces and use green approaches to storm-water management to make the East area safe from fooding, healthier, and more climate resilient.
- Save lives and reduce pollution by making streets safer, slowing down trafc, adding protected bike lanes, completing the sidewalk network, and improving bus connections and reliability.
Details on Planning Board's change to the plan