Denver District 5 | February 2020
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer | District 5
720-337-5555 |   DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org
Chief of Staff:  Melissa Horn  | Senior Aide: Logan Fry | Aide: Sara Visser
Dear Neighbors, 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Over the past month, our office has been working diligently to parse through all of the feedback we received from our first annual community survey. The results were interesting, and the trends very clear. The two biggest concerns residents in every one of our District 5 neighborhoods share are traffic and crime. We are working to put together community meetings around these two issues and will be in touch with more information on that as more details become available.

As I'm sure you have seen in the news this week, our office has also been working hard to advocate for the safety of our residents, in our parks and on our streets. This week I voted against overturning Denver's pit bull ban. Although it is clear that breed-specific legislation doesn't work, I felt that without allocating additional resources to our Parks & Rec and Animal Control teams who enforce our leash laws and dangerous dog ordinance, overturning that ban did not make sense. The Council voted 7 to 4 to overturn the ban, and we are waiting to see whether the Mayor will sign the ordinance today.

This week I also shared with the public my significant concerns regarding the accountability of our Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to the people of our City. I know that many of you have experienced that lack of accountability firsthand, and share my frustrations. Rest assured, I will continue to advocate for the safety of the streets in our community. But I also ask for your partnership in continuing to report dangerous intersections and unsafe road conditions to 3-1-1 or pocketgov.org. I am hopeful that if we raise our collective voices together, we will be able to achieve some positive movement toward safer neighborhoods. Thank you.

Gratefully,

Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer 
Denver City Council, District 5  
Community Office Hours
Meet with Amanda to discuss the issues that are on your mind! The Councilwoman holds office hours in the community on Thursdays at locations throughout District 5. She will meet by appointment only for the first hour and then is available for drop-in discussions during the second hour.
 
February 20
No Office Hours this week.

February 27 at The Game Lounge  
5:00pm-7:00pm
Councilwoman Sawyer will meet with neighbors and be available for drop-in discussions during both hours. No private appointments are available for this event.

March 5 at Tessa Delicatessen
5724 E. Colfax Ave (between Ivy & Ivanhoe)
10:00am-noon
Private appointments available from 10:00am-11:00am

March 12 at The Game Lounge
5:00pm-7:00pm
Councilwoman Sawyer will meet with neighbors and be available for drop-in discussions during both hours. No private appointments are available for this event.

March 19 at Windsor Gardens
All Purpose Room
10:00am-noon
Private appointments available from 10:00am-11:00am

Please contact the office at denvercouncil5@denvergov.org or 720-337-5555 to set up an appointment or drop-by during the second hour. If you're unable to make any of these times, please contact our office to schedule an appointment at another time.
Compromise Requested for Jersey Street Parking
Our office has received numerous questions about the property at 1327 Jersey Street, where a 10 Unit building is being built .

Please know this is a use-by-right development request. The Jersey property is zoned for multiple dwellings even though a single home sits on the property. What will replace the single-family home will be reviewed by our Community Planning and Development Department for conformance with the current zoning of E-MU-2.5 (Urban Edge, Multi Unit, 2.5 stories maximum height).

The developer of the property requested a reduction in parking from the 10 required spots to three non-restricted parking spots, one handicapped parking spot, and one car share spot. As this is a greater than 25% parking reduction it requires a Public Informational Notice (ZPIN) .Through this process our office submitted a formal objection to the 50% parking reduction and requested that the developer seek a compromise that includes more non-restricted parking. We have not yet heard the outcome.

Learn how your property and surrounding properties are zoned by entering your address on the Denver zoning map.
9+CO Comprehensive Sign Plan
On February 5, Councilwoman Sawyer attended Planning Board to share her concerns about the amendment to the 9+CO development's existing comprehensive sign plan. She requested the addition of language to require that signs be dimmed or turned off at night to reduce impacts to the surrounding community.

After listening to the staff report and public comment on the request, the Denver Planning Board recommended approval of the Comprehensive Sign Plan (CSP) Amendment at the 9+CO development to the zoning administrator finding that the applicable review criteria had been met with four conditions. The first three conditions were clerical in nature and intended to fix errors from the content which was approved in Fall 2018. 

The fourth condition, which the Councilwoman advocated for, states: "the CSP, and any supplemental building sign plan, provides that all signs above the second floor and visible from a protected (zone) district within 500 feet of the sign location be dimmed or turned off to avoid objectionable brightness or glare on residential uses on those protected districts."

This recommendation for final action has been sent to the zoning administrator. The zoning administrator will take this recommendation and codify the language to attach it as an amendment to the sign plan.
Montclair Park Renovations Survey Results
After Denver Parks and Recreation analyzed the comments and tallied the votes in the Montclair Park renovation survey, Alternative 1 - seen below - has been named the winner! DPR expects the design phase to be completed later this summer, with construction scheduled to begin in August/September and completed by the end of 2020.
Small Business Spotlight:
Quince Essential Coffee : A Neighborhood Gem, Not Going Anywhere
In early 2015 Michelle Jenneretti was set to retire after 25-years of teaching at Highline Community Elementary. She knew it would be something that gave back to the community and “foster the whole person.” Thus, Quince Essential Coffee was born.

From the warm greeting from the staff who know many customers by name and the cozy rooms, to the satisfying creak of floorboards as you find your way to one of the eclectic tables and mismatched chairs, Quince radiates tranquility...and the handcrafted beverages and food are prepared with care. Quince is a place to build relationships, as evidenced on a recent visit when people were discussing race and politics, holding business meetings and quietly reading the news.

Running any business is hard work and after five years, Michelle is ready to move on to her next chapter. On February 28 , she will hand over the reins of Quince to new owners who plan to run it in the same spirit that she has. We wish them all the best.

Monday-Thursday 6:30am-5:00pm; Friday & Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm
F or menu and event information visit their website or call 303-955-2479.
Current District 5 Rezoning Requests
There are no open re-zoning requests in District 5 at this time.

For more information on proposed rezonings in Denver, click HERE .
Property Tax & Rent Refunds Still Available!
With an average refund of more than $550, now is the perfect time to apply for the Denver Property Tax Relief Program! Open to both renters and homeowners, Denver Human Services is accepting applications through April 30 of this year. To qualify, you must meet income limits and be 65 or older, have a disability or own your home and have at least one child living with you. More information is available here or call 720-944-4DHS (4347).
RTD Meetings: Proposed Line Changes and Stop Consolidation
As you may be aware, RTD is proposing service changes and bus stop consolidation which will take effect May 17, 2020.

Public meetings are scheduled between February 19 and March 5 for you to learn more about and weigh in on proposed service changes. You can also provide your input by emailing comments no later than March 5, 2020. In District 5, a meeting is planned for Tuesday, February 25 at 6pm at Eisenhower Chapel . As there is a City Council meeting scheduled for that evening, the District 5 Council office will not be in attendance.

Visit their site for a full list of meeting locations, dates and times, including proposed changes to Local/Limited Routes, Regional Routes, Rail Service, Access-a-Ride and the discontinuation of Special Services including BroncosRide, BuffRide, Rockies Service and RunRide.
Making Small Recycling Changes Can Make a Huge Difference
Did you know? Plastic bags are not allowed in recycling carts and they are the #1 recycling problem in Denver ; 100% of glass bottles recycled in Denver become new glass locally; Only 50% of aluminum cans in Denver are recycled; and on average, Denverites recycle only 63% of the recyclable waste generated by their household each year.

Visit their site to find out how to better recycle your household items and where to drop off things like yard debris, non-recyclable paper, electronics and appliances. Download the Denver Recycles app to find out about recycling collection days and more.
DEN Launches Safety Reporting App
Check out this new app before your next flight! Denver International Airport is the first airport in the country to utilize the See Say Airport app for passengers and employees to report safety and security concerns like suspicions persons or activity, unattended baggage and even spills or a dirty restroom. Send photos, videos, text messages and GPS location information to airport operations for assistance. You can download the See Say Airport app in your app store .
Call Ride Services Without a Smartphone
A new service called GoGoGrandparent allows people without a smartphone to use on-demand transportation companies like Lyft and Uber   while keeping loved ones updated. Visit this site to view frequently asked questions and get started , or call (855) 464-6872.
Cold Weather Clothing Donations Needed
Do you have any new cold weather clothing that you no longer want or need? The Denver Sheriff's Department is requesting coats, hats, gloves, socks and snow pants for inmates being released who have no warm weather clothing. Adult sizes for men and women are needed. Bring your donations to the Downtown Detention Center or the Denver County Jail . Questions? Email Frances Samuel or call 720.337.0361.
City of Denver Surplus Auctions
The general public is eligible to participate in surplus property auctions hosted by Denver's Department of General Services Surplus team. Auctions include city-owned vehicles, city-owned surplus items and lost and found property, including bicycles, vehicles, jewelry, property and more.  Browse the auction sites, Sign up for auction emails and learn more about the surplus auctions.
Upcoming Events
Kids Summer Camps at Denver Art Museum

With the reopening of the Martin Building, day camps are back at the DAM!


U-Fix-It Clinic

Sunday, February 16
Bring any broken object and get one-on-one help from a volunteer coach to fix it.


Cockpit Demo Day

March 14, 10:00am-2:00pm


1st Annual Downtown Open Rail Ski & Snowboard Event  

Saturday, February 22, 5pm-10pm
Civic Center Park
Admission is free!
See the Facebook page for event details

Low Sensory Mornings at the Downtown Aquarium

8:30am-9:45am
We've Got Shopping Bags for You!
In an effort to help support you and keep your costs low during the transition to disposable bag fees, Councilwoman Sawyer will be distributing reusable bags at community meetings.

If you are hosting an event and would like some to hand out, please contact our office ! Let us know how many you would like and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
District 5 Neighborhood Organizations
Denver is a unique city in promoting greater citizen involvement through organized neighborhood associations. Currently, there are 78 statistical areas represented by more than 200 registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Homeowner Associations (HOAs).

In its defined geographic area, an RNO will normally address neighborhood quality of life issues - such as traffic, development and zoning, crime, communication and licensing - and promote social activities to enhance residential spirit, developing a sense of community, and encourage resident participation. RNOs meet regularly and many send out newsletters to keep residents informed on neighborhood issues and events.

Get more involved in your community by joining your Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO). Below are a list of Council District 5 community community organizations. You can also find out which RNO you belong to by clicking HERE and entering your address or selecting a location on the map.