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Dear Neighbors,


Summer is nearly over and school will be back in session soon. Hopefully the weather will cool down too! In the meantime, we have information below about programs and tips to lower your energy bills while staying cool.


An important note - City Council recently changed our meeting times! Council meetings now begin at 3:30 pm with official City business. Public comment remains from 5-5:30, and public hearings now begin at 5:30 pm every Monday. The new meeting schedule has helped us better ensure that residents who want to speak at Council meetings aren't waiting late into the night to do so. 


In local news, our traffic studies of 6th Ave. and Dayton Street are complete. Join us to discuss the official recommendations on August 30th! 


The Near Southeast Area Plan draft recommendations have also been released. For the South Hilltop, Winston Downs and Virginia Vale neighborhoods this plan will guide future growth and land use, so please be sure to view the draft and provide feedback.


Info on these projects and others are below! As always, feel free to reach out to us if there is anything we can do to assist you.


Gratefully,


Councilwoman, Amanda Sawyer

District 5

GENERAL INQUIRIES

DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org

720-337-5555

Visit our website for useful information and helpful links!


LOCATION

City and County Building

1437 Bannock St., Room 451

Denver, CO 80202

OFFICE HOURS

Our Office Hours remain mostly virtual. Here is the list of our Office Hours this month:


  • Thursday, August 18th, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 25th, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 1st, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 8th, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Contact our office to schedule an appointment if another time works better for you, or if you would prefer to meet in person!


District 5 News

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6th Ave & S Dayton St Traffic Studies Update


Our traffic studies of 6th Ave and S Dayton St are complete. In case you missed our recent meetings on data that was collected during the study, you can watch the 6th Ave Meeting here. And you can watch the S Dayton St Meeting here.


We will hold two final meetings to discuss the Recommendations that Fehr and Peers suggested, and how the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure plans to implement those changes. Both recommendations meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 30th. The 6th Ave Recommendations meeting will be from 6 to 7 PM and the S Dayton St meeting will be from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


We hope everyone can attend these meetings and weigh in on the improvements, but we will post each of them to our Facebook page for viewing later as well Sign up to attend our traffic study meetings by clicking the links below.!

6th Ave Recommendations, August 30, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
S Dayton St Recommendations, August 30, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Comment of the NSEAP Draft Recommendations


Community Planning and Development wants to know if their draft recommendations echo what you said. Four online surveys are available for community members to weigh in on draft recommendations on the four major topics that the plan will cover. Those who take the surveys can:


  • review the draft recommendations
  • share their level of support for the recommendations
  • review development opportunities
  • choose which of the opportunities make the most sense for the area

 

Each survey will take about 20 minutes. Please feel free to take all four surveys or focus on the topics you are most interested in!


You can also watch a replay of the virtual workshop that was held last month here.


Download the full presentation here.

Land Use & Built Form Survey
Housing & Economy Survey
Mobility Survey
Quality of Life Infrastructure Survey

Trader Joe's Traffic Update


Many of you may have noticed how difficult traffic in the Trader Joe's parking lot can be! Part of the problem stems from a permit that was incorrectly issued in 2015 that modified the location of the loading area and rendered the loading area that was designated in the site development plan unusable. This has lead to Trader Joe's having to take deliveries in the alley on the east side of their store. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations to revoke the permit has passed so other solutions must be found.


In the short-term Trader Joe's is conducting a study to determine if changing to early morning deliveries would negatively impact surrounding properties with the noise.

And in the long-term our office is working with the management of Trader Joes, Community Planning and Development, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to come up with a permanent redesign of the site development plan that helps not only to alleviate the traffic congestion but should help to make the deliveries easier for Trader Joe's.


We will keep you posted as our discussions and solutions progress!

Kearney/Krameria Neighborhood Bikeway: 60% Designed Now Open for Comment


Our office has received a lot of feedback about the proposed Kearney/Krameria Bikeway. We are doing everything we can to advocate for the changes and ideas that residents have brought to our attention. We hope you'll continue to send us and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure project team your thoughts. Below we've included some resources for more information and how to get involved.


Jackson Street Storm Drain Project - Phase 2


Design is currently underway for Phase 2 of the Jackson Street Storm Drain Project, which will connect the recently completed system on the west side of Colorado Boulevard to the east side of Colorado Boulevard at about Albion Street near 13th Avenue.


While the community now has greater flood protection benefits from the recently installed stormwater pipe and inlets, Phase 2 will further improve the capacity to manage heavy stormwater flows coming from the upstream portion of the Montclair Basin. Phase 2 construction is currently anticipated to begin in late 2022 


You can see the projected timeline (subject to change) in the graphic above. The dsign team is planning a community meeting in late September, stay tuned for details on the meeting.


Learn more about the program as a whole here.

Quebec Sidewalks Update


Thanks to everyone who participated and weighed in during the public meeting back in March for the Quebec Street sidewalks program. The program is currently finalizing design. The design will include filling ALL sidewalk gaps between 12th Ave and Montview Blvd.


Construction is planned to begin in the first quarter of 2023. You can learn more, send your comments and feedback, and stay up to date on the latest developments here.

Ross-Cherry Creek Library Update


As you might be aware, the Ross-Cherry Creek branch of the Denver Library has been closed due to structural concerns. The Library is reviewing the contractor's final report on the x-ray testing to determine the extent of the repairs that need to be done to ensure the safety of all those who use the library. We will share more as soon as it becomes available.

Our Gun Buy Back Program Continues!


In late November 2021, Councilwoman Sawyer and City of Aurora At-Large Councilmember Curtis Gardner announced a Joint Community Gun Buyback Program to help reduce the incidence of gun violence in both cities. Please check out the promotional piece put together by Denver Marketing Services and Denver Channel 8! 


RAWtools, a Colorado Springs-based non-profit organization that works with municipalities and faith-based community partners, will host drive-through gun buyback events on the following dates:


  • August 20, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • September 17, 9 AM to 1 PM
  • October 15, 9 AM to 1 PM


Residents can anonymously turn in firearms for destruction at these voluntary events. Trained volunteers then destroy recovered firearms to ATF standards and convert them into garden tools and jewelry. While we know that individuals participating in criminal activity will not typically turn in their firearms at a buyback event, working to reduce the number of available guns in our communities is part of an overall strategy to address gun violence. Our first five events brought in more than 600 firearms! Email our office at DenverCouncil5@denvergov.org if you would like to volunteer!

South Hilltop Undergrounding Work Continues


Xcel's underground work is progressing and is expected to wrap-up around mid-November. Once Xcel is finished, Comcast and CenturyLink crews will begin work to move their lines underground, which their project managers anticipate will take a few months. After all undergrounding and associated landscape, concrete and other restoration work has been completed, the City will roto mill and overlay E Dakota Ave from Kearney to Hudson. Paving is anticipated to take place in early Spring 2023. 

 

The presence of multiple contractors in a neighborhood over an extended period is understandably frustrating for residents. In an effort to coordinate efforts and minimize further disruption and assure complete restoration in the South Hilltop neighborhood, the City has requested an all-hands-on-deck meeting with the Xcel, Comcast and CenturyLink project managers this week. Discussion topics will include coordination/logistics, projected timing ,and traffic control plans for the duration of the undergrounding project. We will keep you posted on this project as it progresses.

Slow Down Signs Are Back!


You might have seen them around the neighborhood. By popular demand, our SLOW DOWN Signs are back! If you would like a sign or signs please email us denvercouncil5@denvergov.org or stay tuned for our next sign distribution event.

Zoning & Hearing Information

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If you are interested in commenting during a hearing, please review the guidelines and FAQs, and sign up to speak hereSign-up for public comment at a hearing begins 45 minutes prior to the Committee’s scheduled start time and ends 15 minutes before the meeting begins. Click here for information about how to participate virtually.


There is currently one open rezoning requests in District 5. 


Upcoming public hearings *dates are subject to change.

August 22

  • Officially changing the rules of procedure for Landmark Designation
  • Denver Public Library Tax Increase Initiative
  • Sun Valley General Improvement District creation

August 29

  • 3923 & 3929 W 39th Ave and 3838 Perry St
  • 715 Adams St
  • 479 Knox Ct

September 5

  • No hearings - Labor Day

September 12

  • 3275 & 3315 Denargo St

Citywide News

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Outdoor Adventure and Alternative Sports Master Plan Public Meeting


Please join Denver Parks & Recreation for the third (and final) public meeting to see how your input in prior surveys and meetings has shaped the plan!


The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on Zoom.

 

The Outdoor Adventure and Alternative Sports Master Plan will provide new and innovative ways to access the outdoors and opportunities to recreate with a focus on providing access in underserved areas. For more information visit the general website.

Register for the Outdoor and Alternative Sports Public Meeting Here!

Free RTD Service to all in August


During the entire month of August, RTD will offer zero fares across its system as part of the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative. The goal of the program is to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing use of public transit.


The Zero Fare for Better Air initiative was made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180, in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office.

Pet Care and Safety 


Our office receives lots of questions and concerns about the rules surrounding pets and their care in Denver. The Department of Public Health and Environment's Animal Protection division has sent us some helpful flyers that we would like to share with you! Please feel free to peruse the documents below and let us know if you have any questions.


Understanding Denver's Animal Laws and Basic Pet Care


Dog Safety

Expanded Solid Waste Program Updates & Rebate Application


In 2023, City and County Denver trash collection customers will begin receiving weekly recycling and compost collection services to reduce the amount of trash the city sends to the landfill and the production of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. 


What you need to know: 

  • Weekly recycling collection service will start in January 2023. 
  • To pay for the expanded services, customers will be charged a fee based on their trash cart size, ranging from $9 to $21 per month (the smaller the trash cart, the lower the fee). Weekly recycling and composting collection services will be included at no extra charge.

  • Billing will start the first quarter of 2023; current compost customers will transition from a compost bill to a trash bill. 
  • Weekly compost collection service will roll out citywide over the course of 2023. 
  • Customers will pay a reduced billing rate until their compost service starts and will have an opportunity to downsize their trash cart after their composting service starts. 
  • DOTI will provide customers information about compost service start dates and how to recycle and compost.

 

Rebate Application: 

Rebate applications are now live for eligible Denver residents. The rebates will help offset the cost to pay for trash collection services. Denver is one of only a few cities in the United States to provide financial assistance on trash services for low-income households. 

 

Residents who meet the criteria below are eligible to apply: 

  • You live in the City and County of Denver 
  • You receive trash and recycling collection services from Denver's Solid Waste Management division (at a single-family home, duplex or apartment in a complex with seven or fewer units) 
  • You have an annual household income within these limits: 
  • 1 person: up to $44,016 
  • 2 people: up to $50,034 
  • 3 people: up to $56,592 
  • 4 people: up to $62,880 
  • 5 people: up to $67,910 
  • 6 people: up to $72,941 
  • 7 people: up to $77,971 
  • 8 people: up to $83,001 

 

Residents can apply as well as get more information about the program here. To request a hard copy application or to receive help completing the application, call (720) 944-3350 or email trashrebate@denvergov.org.

Xcel Energy Rate Increases 


Xcel asked us to share this info about their new Time of Use rates and how it will affect your home and your bill and how you can make changes that can save you money.


Review their "Understanding Energy Bill Increases" informational flyer here.

Summer Energy Assistance


Get up to $300 to help pay your Xcel Energy bill, or your home HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) repair. Applications are open July 15 - September 30, 2022.


Visit the campaign website to see if you qualify!

Micromobility in Denver 


In May of 2021, Denver entered into license agreements with Lyft and Lime to operate Denver’s Shared Micromobility Program, a bike and scooter-share system, to provide residents, employees, and visitors with convenient options to get around Denver without a car. Both Lime and Lyft operate e-bikes and electric scooters that can be rented via their mobile apps. 


The City has several programs to help with mobility for residents who qualify:


  • Lyft Community Pass - $3/month and $0.05/min with no unlock fee
  • Lime Access - unlimited, free, 30-min bike and scooter rides
  • Lime's Opportunity Area Pricing
  • Lime shall provide a rate of up to $1.00 for a 30-minute bike/e-bike ride for any ride beginning in an Opportunity Area.
  • Lime shall provide a discounted rate $1.00 to unlock and $0.15/minute for any scooter ride beginning in an Opportunity Area.


Visit the City's website about Micromobility and see if you quality.

Park Hill Golf Course Draft Area Plan Available for Public Review


After a year and a half of work with community members, a draft area plan that outlines the future vision for the Park Hill Golf Course property is now available for public review. Although a conservation easement remains on this land and will require a citywide vote to remove it, CPD has continued with this planning effort. This is a contentious topic and Councilwoman Sawyer has not changed her view that this land should remain open space.


From the start of the visioning process in January 2021 to the most recent open house in June 2022, community members have had a lot to say about how to steward this important neighborhood site into a new era. What Community Planning and Development heard most consistently was a desire for:


  • a large park and preserving open space;


  • more affordable housing, including units for sale and for families, and support for residents at risk for displacement;


  • more community-supporting local businesses, with particular support for businesses owned by people of color; and


  • places that feel connected to the community and responsive to residents' needs. 


Visit their website to review the whole plan and how to add your comments.

Peña Boulevard Transportation & Mobility Master Plan Studies


As DEN prepares for 100 million passengers, they have launched various studies to understand transportation and mobility needs around Pena Boulevard and surrounding neighborhoods.


To inform the Pena Boulevard Transportation & Mobility Master Plan and take advantage of this busy travel season, they will reach out to our employees, tenants, and passengers to understand more about their travel habits and needs to and from the airport.


The folks at the airport ask to share this study summary with our networks.

Community Events & Meetings

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Hilltop Family Movie Night

Join the Hilltop Neighborhood Association for family movie night on Thursday, August 18th at Robinson Park! They'll be showing The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Denver Public Safety Job Fair

Denver Police Department is partnering with the other Safety Agencies (Fire, Sheriff, 911, and more!) to host their 2nd annual Denver Public Safety Job Fair. There will be folks from every part of the Department of Safety present to answer questions about both sworn and civilian positions. There will also be a car show, food, and music so bring family and friends!


It's happening August 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ball Arena (1198 Chopper Cir.).

Taste of Colorado

The Taste is back and taking over the streets of Downtown Denver. Originally dubbed the Festival of Mountain and Plain, the historic festival has brought together Coloradans since 1895 as a true celebration of our state's rich heritage — through food, music, art, and more. The festival will be an authentic and spirited union of sights, sounds, tastes, and color. Enjoy the event Labor Day weekend, September 3rd to the 5th! Learn more here. 

Lowry Foundation Silver Ropes Food Bank of the Rockies

There is a Silver Ropes volunteer day scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Get to know your neighbors better and do some valuable work for the community. 


Sign up at the Food Bank of the Rockies Volunteer hub.

DEN's 5k on the Runway

Mark your calendars and set your alarms for DEN’s first-ever 5k on the runway on September 10, 2022 at 6 AM. The DEN team has worked tirelessly internally and with the FAA to make this a reality. Feel free to share the press release below and attached!

 

United is graciously sponsoring Colfax Marathon in hosting this event out at their hangar so that everyone who registers will have an opportunity to be on a runway AND see United hangar. 

LUN Town Hall Meeting - Candidate Forum

Lowry United Neighborhoods is holding a forum for the Colorado State Attorney General Candidates. Attorney General Phil Weiser and Arapahoe County District Attorney John Kellner will be present.


The event will be held in person and on Zoom on Tuesday, September 20th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Eisenhower Chapel. 


View their flyer for more details and an agenda.

Registered Neighborhood Organizations

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Denver is a unique city in promoting greater citizen involvement through organized neighborhood associations. Currently, there are 78 statistical neighborhoods 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 is a list of Council District 5 community organizations. You can also find out which RNO you belong to by entering your address or selecting a location on the map.


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