News from Denver CPD that may impact building and development projects
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Development news from Community Planning and Development (CPD)

In this issue, you will find:

  • Join us for a conversation about design in Denver
  • Construction Careers Contribution Fund coming 2022
  • Get ready for RNO renewal
  • Deadline extended for projects using 2016 Building and Fire Code
  • Make a plan to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice this winter
  • Wastewater Sewer Use and Drainage Permit fee update for 2022
  • ICYMI: Recaps from our last newsletter
Join us for a conversation about design in Denver
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Mayor Michael B. Hancock will recognize the winners of the 2021 Mayor's Design Awards at a ceremony Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The event will begin with a panel discussion with local experts on equity and urban design in Denver.

  • Where: The Studio Loft at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis Street
  • When: Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the reception to follow at 7 p.m.
  • COVID Protocols: Detailed on the event registration page
Construction Careers Opt-Out Contribution Fund Established supports the development of Denver's construction talent pipeline while creating upward mobility for residents
Construction Careers Contribution Fund supports Denver youth

“This fund is a win-win for our youth and our economy. Providing education opportunities to students interested in construction careers not only opens a viable career path for Denver’s youth, it also helps the city generate the skilled construction talent pipeline it needs to succeed,” said Laura E. Aldrete, Executive Director of Community Planning and Development.

Beginning in early 2022, Denver will collect a modest, voluntary contribution with building permit fees to fund youth-focused construction careers and talent development efforts in the Denver Public School (DPS) system. Starting in 2022, permit customers will have the option to provide a contribution of $25 for residential permits and $200 for commercial permits. Permit customers who do not wish to make a contribution will have the option to opt-out. 

The contribution fund will expand education opportunities for DPS students interested in or curious about construction careers. It will support expanded industry-based curricula, paid internships and career exposure for Denver youth, and work-based learning/apprenticeship pathways into the construction industry.

Get ready for Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) renewal

RNOs are groups formed by residents and property owners within a neighborhood who meet regularly and whose organizational and contact information is kept on file with the City’s Community Planning and Development Department. Like all organizations active in the Denver community, RNOs are an important part of the fabric of the city and play a key role in the ongoing effort to make Denver a great place to live and work.

Once registered, RNOs must renew their registration annually during the renewal period that runs through December and January. Organizations that do not renew by January 31 are removed from the city's RNO list. Registration for new organizations is also open during the annual renewal period.

Deadline extended for projects using 2016 Building and Fire Code
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In summer 2021, City Council voted to approve amendments that clean up errors and ambiguity in the 2019 Denver Building and Fire Code and 2019 Denver Green Code. These amendments included an extension for projects designed under the previous 2016 building code to begin construction. Previously, projects that had already applied for permits under the 2016 code only had until July 31, 2021, to start construction. This deadline has now been extended to April 22, 2022. This will allow projects that were already underway before the pandemic more time to begin construction without requiring them to redesign their project according to the 2019 Building and Fire Code and reapply for city reviews.

Make a plan to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice this winter
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Everyone enjoys safe, clear sidewalks – and it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their home or business clear and accessible. If and when if finally snows this winter, have a plan for shoveling all sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, and bus stops around your home or business as soon as it's practical and safe.

  • Be proactive and come up with a plan for addressing sidewalks before it snows.
  • Shovel into your yard and away from roadways and bike lanes, so plows don't push the snow back onto your sidewalks. 
  • Use the shovel to push the snow; don't lift it.
  • Shovel early! When snow isn't shoveled, it gets packed down and becomes ice. Shoveling all the way to the pavement will also prevent ice from forming.
  • Salt can be damaging when it runs off into your lawn or the storm sewer with the snowmelt. Look for eco-friendly and pet-safe deicers.

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Wastewater / Sewer Use and Drainage Permit (SUDP) fee update for 2022

Before any building or construction may begin, a developer/owner must provide adequate storm and sanitary sewer services to the development site. Every year, wastewater permitting from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) adjusts SUDP fees to account for inflation. Please note that all SUDP permits issued and/or paid for on or after January 1, 2022, will need to follow the new fee schedule.
Recaps from our last newsletter

  • New in e-permits: Commercial zoning & roofing permit applications for commercial and multi-family buildings that are 25,000 square feet or larger and subject to the Green Buildings Ordinance.

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