Is Rezoning In Denver Corrupt? Read And Learn

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By Former City Council Woman District 10 Cathy Donahue

The three newcomers did not come from the ranks of “party” politics or any other of the usual paths into elective office. We were “unknown” to the Denver political establishment and we did not receive the normal campaign contributions from Denver’s development community. The entire cost of my 1975 election was $3,000. My opponent spent $4,000 — quite a change from today’s campaigns where office seekers spend $100,000 to be elected to the Denver City Council

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Neighborhood objections throwing a wrench into Monkey Barrel’s move to Sunnyside

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The neighborhood organization had hoped to find a workable solution through the negotiation of a good neighbor agreement, but the two parties have been unable to come to terms, Emerick said. Good neighbor agreements, which lay out operating restrictions agreed upon by the business owner and area residents, are “very common” in the liquor and retail marijuana licensing process when license-seeking businesses are close to homes, city spokesman Dan Rowland said.

“Really, they’re in the business owner’s best interest to do them,” Rowland said. “They have to show there is both a need and a desire from the neighborhood to have this license there.”

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Changes to Denver Marijuana Codes

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The total number of available marijuana sales locations will be capped at no more than 226, based upon the total number locations where licensed marijuana sales were occurring as of May 1, 2016, plus the number of new locations that could potentially be added upon approval of applications that were pending on May 1, 2016.
The total number of available marijuana cultivation locations will be capped at no more than 311, based upon the total number of locations where licensed marijuana cultivation was occurring as of May 1, 2016, plus the number of new locations that could potentially be added upon approval of applications that were pending on May 1, 2016.

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High tensions between cannabis chain and city

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The company says petitioners had no basis to request a renewal hearing and that only the Department of Community Planning and Development, not Excise and Licenses, can determine whether plant husbandry is a permitted use.
Besides the Department of Excise and Licenses, Starbuds also names Loucks and the city and county of Denver as defendants in its complaint. Starbuds is represented by attorneys Emilio De Simone and Trevor McFee.
De Simone said housing a dispensary and grow facility in the same building saves Starbuds time and money since the cannabis grown upstairs is sold downstairs.

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No parking? Denver City Council looks at halting some development plans without it

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Among a half-dozen developments in the pipeline that qualify for the parking exemption is Pando Holdings’ plan to build two micro-apartment buildings on small side-by-side lots on Humboldt Street south of 16th Avenue. Its site development plans say each building would have 54 studio apartments, with no parking proposed — an idea that has ruffled some feathers in the neighborhood.

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INC Delegate Meeting Minutes July 9, 2016

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Presentation on Affordable Housing Fund proposal: Evan Dreyer
Proposal will be presented to Safety & Wellbeing City Council meeting on 7/13/16.
Need for more affordable housing
Rents have increased 30-35% since 2010
87,000 households 0-80% AMI are housing cost-burdened (paying more than 30% of their income on housing and utilities)
Increased gentrification and concentration of poverty

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The highway lowdown: Denver’s I-70 expansion controversy, explained

updated January 2016

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says the expansion will rejoin communities, strengthen Denver’s economic backbone and bring the highway into the 21st century.
But groups in opposition to the project, of which there are several, refute these claims. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration, Denver’s City Council, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have all come under fire from such groups.
What are their worries? And why are they suing? Let The Colorado Independent walk you through the various intersecting issues involved in this contentious debate.

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Grant Frontier Park, 8 July 2016

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Grant-Frontier Park is a park at Evans Ave. on the east bank of the South Platte River in southwest Denver, Colorado. It is the site of the Montana City settlement. The park was named in honor of Grant Junior High School (now Grant Middle School) whose teachers and students were responsible for discovering the site, cleaning and restoring it, and researching the history of Montana City.

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Denver To Add 98 Acres To Red Rocks, Advocates Hope To Add More

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“This designation will ensure that even more of the natural landscapes that make this such a distinguished and cherished park will be protected for generations to come,” Hancock said in the designation announcement.

Arts and Venues still owns three other pieces, totaling 76 acres, that Red Rocks advocates told the committee they’d also like to see added to the park. But Gilmore has cited hurdles that include an estate restriction on one and too much distance between some of the parcels and the park.

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INC Transportation Committee: NO MEETING IN JULY & Meeting Notes from May 12th 2016

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Denver’s New Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines – Michael Koslow and Riley LaMie, Denver Public Works

Transportation Engineer Michael Koslow and Associate City Planner Riley LaMie presented the city’s new Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines, a policy document to guide city planners and engineers in determining where and how to improve uncontrolled pedestrian crossings across the city. When a specific location is being considered for a crosswalk treatment – due to neighborhood input, a new development, or staff recommendation – the Pedestrian Crossing Guidelines will lend consistency and transparency in determining an appropriate treatment, if any.

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Denver voters could decide on new places to smoke pot come November

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During Tuesday’s meeting with the council staff, Khalatbari and attorneys Christian Sederberg and Josh Kappel faced questions on several fronts. Those included the potential that one recognized neighborhood group or business district could overrule another in areas with more than one group, and the unprecedented delegation of influence on a licensing decision to outside groups.

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