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for a busy 2020 join us!
From updating citywide plans for the next 20 years to adopting building codes that put Denver at the forefront of building safety and sustainability, your Community Planning and Development staff worked with community partners across Denver to achieve major milestones in 2019. And we're not slowing down in 2020.

Under the leadership of new CPD Executive Director Laura E. Aldrete , we will continue planning in neighborhoods across the city and working with residents and local groups to address the impact of development on our communities. We will create and update policies and codes that reflect our city's values and planning efforts as well as community and customer needs. We'll continue advocating for smart design and valuable community benefits (like quality open space, attainable housing prices, daycares and other services, renewable energy, and more) in all major development projects, and we'll continue improving our permitting processes for easy online transactions for customers and residents.

And we can't do it without you!

To learn more about our current plans, code updates, and open surveys, visit our new Community Engagement Portal . While you are there, make sure to check out the new event calendar.
Swearing in of Laura E. Aldrete
Laura Aldrete (right): "I’m ready to hit the ground running on implementing the vision that so many of Denver’s people have had input on so we can create vibrant, thriving neighborhoods in every part of the city.”

Laura was sworn in as executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development on Oct. 8, 2019.

Whether it's helping set a vision for your neighborhood, shaping the rules to make that vision possible, or weighing in on the projects that will bring it to life... Join us in 2020!
Denver has a new, greener building and fire code
Denver City Council used its final meeting of 2019 to adopt a new building and fire code for the city, one that breaks ground and affirms the city's commitment to sustainability.

For the first time in Denver’s history, the code includes a “Denver Green Code,” designed to encourage more sustainable design and construction practices. The Denver Green Code is voluntary for this code cycle, but is expected to become mandatory in a future code update. This milestone will help move Denver closer to its goal of having new construction be net zero energy by 2035.

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Have you checked out e-permits?
E-permits makes it easier to search permit records, apply for permits, pay fees, schedule inspections and more without leaving your home or office! Skip the lines and submit from anywhere at any time.
New to e-permits? Check out our FAQs & sign in to e-permits today!
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Come talk to us at these upcoming events
Tuesday, January 14
West Area Plan Meeting and Housing Resources Fair

Join your neighbors as they continue working to set a vision for West Denver. Share your ideas on what is important to enhance and preserve, and visit with multiple housing resource providers. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors.

Resource fair : Housing resources for renters and owners will be available from local organizations and service providers, including information on weatherization, maintenance, rent and mortgage assistance and other programs.
Wednesday, January 15
Historic properties: Landmark and residential plan review event

Join Denver's landmark preservation team and residential plan review experts to learn how the city reviews and regulates historic residential properties. Topics include:

  • What it means to be in a historic district
  • Working on a historic property or landmark - learn about city reviews and permits
  • How Denver's zoning and building codes affect these reviews
  • Ask questions
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Neighborhood planning has kicked into high gear
In 2019, after hearing from hundreds of residents who participated in visioning for their neighborhoods, the city adopted the first plan under the Neighborhood Planning Initiative, which covers the Green Valley Ranch, Montbello, and airport neighborhoods.

In 2020, work continues on three other neighborhood plans currently in progress, and city planners expect to launch two new plans later this year.

Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park and City Park West

More than 130 community members learned about the first draft of the East Central Area Plan at an open house in November. The draft is open for comment until February 5.

South Park Hill, Hale, Montclair and East Colfax

At a workshop with more than 500 participants in November, two office hours sessions and online, community members submitted more than 1,000 comments on draft recommendations and on possible approaches to regulating building heights and housing options. City planners are reviewing all comments and feedback and will report back to the community in the coming weeks. 

Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Villa Park, and West Colfax

With an official plan kick-off event on October 5 and a housing resources fair tomorrow , work is well underway in West Denver to ensure this part of the city remains the culturally rich, vibrant collection of diverse neighborhoods that its residents love.

Washington Virginia Vale, Virginia Village, Goldsmith and Indian Creek

Stay tuned! This plan will begin after the completion of the East Central Area Plan.

Jefferson Park, Highland, Sunnyside and Chaffee Park

Stay tuned! This plan will begin after the completion of the East Area Plan.
Yeehaw, it's time to talk about the National Western Center
Denver is taking the next step in developing th e National Western Center "Triangle," a 60-acre area on the southeast side of the National Western Center campus so-named for it's triangle-like shape. A draft request for proposals (RFP) was released in December 2019, which outlines the city's requirements and search for a development partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain public facilities, including restoring the 1909 Stadium Arena, building an exposition hall, and building a new, mid-size arena for rodeos, concerts and other year-round entertainment events.
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This project is unique

In a unique procurement process, the draft RFP for the National Western Center Triangle project will go through four rounds of edits before being released as a final document this summer. Over the next few months, the public is invited to help refine the draft RFP to ensure that what's eventually built on this 60-acre site is well designed, meets community needs and is in line with existing adopted plans for the area.
Denver hosts first in a series of meetings planned through summer 2020 to gather input on the Triangle project draft RFP
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Join us this January to learn about the project:

Saturday, January 25
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Swansea Recreation Center,
2650 E. 49th Ave., Denver

In addition to the technical elements of the project, the draft RFP includes requirements for

  • prevailing and livable wages
  • public art
  • entrepreneurial advancement through Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises in design, construction and operation
  • and a requirement that 20% of any future residential development include a variety of affordable housing options.

A new & improved 16th Street Mall is coming soon
Denver’s plan to reconstruct the 16th Street Mall took a major step forward last month with the completion of the project’s environmental phase. The City and County of Denver and project partners the Federal Transit Administration, Regional Transportation District, Denver Urban Renewal Authority, and Downtown Denver Partnership—will next initiate the process to select a design/build contractor to reconstruct the 16th Street Mall including gathering feedback from the community on key components of the reconstruction process.

> See the complete preliminary design and stay up to date on next steps on the project website: www.DenverGov.org/themallexperience .

A new series to answer common questions
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Do I really have to shovel my sidewalk?
Yes! Denver property owners are required to clear the sidewalks of snow and ice. Shoveling is crucial for safety and accessibility, and is just a nice way to show your neighbors that you care about them.

Whether you are walking, rolling, pushing a stroller, or delivering mail, sidewalks are essential to getting around. We have already experienced one major snowstorm this winter -- and several small ones -- so odds are you have already had to deal with navigating an icy landscape. It's not fun.

Here's what we suggest:
  • Push the snow with your shovel, don't lift it.
  • Shovel into your yard or away from adjacent streets or bike lanes so plows don't push snow back onto your sidewalk.
  • Lend a hand if a neighbor is ill, elderly or otherwise unable to shovel.
  • Businesses: Be proactive! Come up with a plan before it's snowing.
In case you missed it!

Mayor Michael B. Hancock honored a dozen projects during the 2019 Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony.

If you missed our recent commercial permitting presentation, download the slide deck .
About Community Planning and Development
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