INC’s Annual Awards Dinner January 2017

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INC will host its annual awards dinner and silent auction fundraiser on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel Stapleton. The primary focus of this dinner is to honor those who contribute to and improve Denver’s community and neighborhoods. We invite you to submit your written nominations for the following awards. You may submit online or by mail. Please include the name, neighborhood, nominee’s contact information and a concise reason for the nomination as it pertains to the criteria.

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INC ZONING AND PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES – DECEMBER 3, 2016

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Chair Margie Valdez convened the meeting of the INC Zoning and Planning Committee and introduced City Council President Albus Brooks and Jeff Hirt and Sarah Showalter from the Denver Community Planning and Development Department to discuss a potential language amendment to the Zoning Code to address parking exemptions for small lots (6250 square feet or less, typically 50’ by 125’ lots). Since 2010 in the current code (Section 10.4.5(A)), small lots in all Mixed Use Commercial Districts have no off-street parking requirement. After a great deal of controversy concerning proposed developments in Curtis Park and on Humboldt Street at East 16th Avenue, City Council passed a moratorium on such new developments (not counting 11 projects “in the pipeline”) and Councilman Brooks appointed a 15-person task force to consider possible changes

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Globeville Landing Park Update

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To: “Proud, Christopher N. – CPD North Denver Comerstone”
Cc: ,albus.brooks@denvergov.org, jennifer.hillhouse@denvergov.org, , “Wenskoski, Todd T – CPD Planning Services”
, cincere.eades@denvergov.org, “Leid, Kelly R – Mayor’s Office”
, bret.banwart@denver.gov, Debbie Ortega – At Large
Bcc: Mickey Zeppelin
Chris – thanks for the conversation and quick hierarchy project leadership. l am emailing on behalf of the Globeville Civic Partners and representative of Globeville community.

As stated in previous correspondence, we are concerned about the proposed transformation of Globeville Landing Park from its existing conditions to a major detention and conveyance area without full discussion with the community.

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JUDGE DENIES DISMISSAL OF LAW SUIT REGARDING CITY PARK GOLF COURSE

updated January 2016

This case is premised around the alleged construction of an “industrial-level stormwater management project in designated parkland,” specifically Denver’s City Park Golf Course (“CPGC”). Compl. ¶1. Macfarlane argues that such management project (the “Project”) is “designed specifically to protect a highly-controversial federal highway project and other new construction.”
Macfarlane asserts that the Project: 1) violates Denver’s zoning code; 2) violates Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation (“DPR”) charge of the Denver City Charter; 3) without popular vote, would violate usage restrictions; and 4) is contrary to caselaw interpreting similar dispositions of parkland.

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Notice of New Parks Designation Policy

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Notice is hereby given that the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City & County of Denver has adopted a new Parks Designation Policy as of November 18, 2016. The new policy clarifies the designation status of and the protections afforded to Denver parks under the existing legal framework and sets forth the public process with respect to designation of Denver parks.

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O’Brien Prevails on Improvements to Wage Enforcement

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Although he knew it was a function of the Auditor’s Office, Denver Auditor Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, didn’t have much experience with prevailing wage enforcement when he took office in July, 2015. “It was baptism by fire,” he remembers. “I heard complaints from employers, employees and even from my own staff. I quickly realized that Denver’s 66-year-old prevailing wage ordinance might be part of the problem.”

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State says no to marijuana in bars

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It prohibits marijuana consumption at any business that holds a liquor license starting January 1, 2017.
“This isn’t a surprise,” said Mason Tvert, an organizer for Initiative 300. “It’s kind of astonishing that the Department of Revenue is working on behalf of the liquor industry to protect its turf.”
The idea to ban marijuana at bars and restaurants that hold a liquor license was raised by members of the liquor industry this summer during a series of workshops hosted by DOR to review existing regulations, according a press release.

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Notes from INC PARC November 15, 2016

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INC PARC met Nov. 15. at 2020 S. Monroe. Present were co-chairs Cindy Johnstone and Maggie Price, Katie Fisher, Diana Helper, Marlene Johnson, Larry Ambrose, Myles Tangalin, Amber Clark and Dee Turner. Scheduled speaker Tim O’Brien was ill, will be rescheduled.
There were thus nine speakers, as all present had a good deal to say. Katie reported on PRAB, where she is “the citizen” who attends regularly. The new Parks Designation Policy was presented.

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Tom Mobley-INC’s Newest Board Member

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November 16- The “new kid” you may have seen at recent INC meetings this year is Tom Mobley, President, Harkness Heights Neighborhood Association. Tom was appointed to fill a Board vacancy which was ratified at the October meeting of delegates. His term runs until the March 2017 election.

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Denver Parks & Recreation under scrutiny in recent audit

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This summer, O’Brien released an audit raising questions about so called “unique contract terms” in Denver Parks & Recreation agreements, especially at city-owned golf courses.
For example, at Wellshire golf course the contract for the concessionaire, Wellshire Event center, has a highly unusual length — extending up to fifty years.

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SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS 2017

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Thank you for soliciting items for the 2017 Awards Dinner Silent Auction. It will take place in the evening on Tuesday January 31 at the Doubletree Hotel Stapleton.
Please pickup the items or certificates from the donor businesses by Friday, January 20. Fill out the Receipt form completely. Take your time when filling it out to make sure it is legible. Tear (by folding along the dashed line) or cut and leave the top part with the donor.

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Seeking Applicants for Commission for People with Disabilities

The mission of Denver’s Commission for People with Disabilities is to promote and enhance equality for people with disabilities through empowerment, advocacy and education by working with community members, and City and County of Denver officials and employees who have the ability to affect change.

The Commission is seeking candidates with experience in one or all of the following fields:

Writing
Project Management
Legal Services

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