Denver’s Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation was a pioneer in the National Neighborhood Movement of the 1970’s. This movement was initially formed to revive and conserve older neighborhoods, and to demand the right to participate in decisions affecting their neighborhoods with both public and private sector institutions.
Denver’s INC was established in 1975 by a small group of residents from Denver’s core neighborhoods. In 1979, Denver passed the Registered Neighborhood Organization ordinance. This made it possible for neighborhoods to become more proactive relative to protecting historic areas and give them a voice about how to best to responsibly maintain and develop neighborhood areas.
As a result of DenverINC, Denver’s Revised Municipal Code now stipulates that RNOs receive notification of and participation opportunities related to proposed zoning amendments, landmark designation applications, planning board and board of adjustment hearings, liquor and cabaret licenses and other activities occurring in the neighborhood.