Monday, October 16, 2017, various citizen-plaintiffs offered a flurry of filings in two cases related to the project. In a federal case asserting the Colorado Department of Transportation (“CDOT”) and the Federal Highway Administration’s (“FHWA”) failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, a plaintiff group led by developer Kyle Zeppelin responded to CDOT and FHWA’s motion to dismiss their case, offering sworn statements of two sitting Denver City Council members to rebut a statement offered by City Engineer Lesley Thomas that Denver will proceed with its controversial “Platte to Park Hill” drainage project—which the plaintiffs assert is directly tied to the I-70 expansion—even if CDOT is enjoined from paying the $60 million it has committed to contributing to that project.

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Honoring Roger D. Armstrong, Former Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Executive Director

Roger Armstrong, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods’ executive director from 2007 through 2016, will be honored with a proclamation at Monday night’s Oct 16, 2017 Denver City Council meeting. District 10 City
Councilman Wayne New will offer the proclamation.

The Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and Roger’s friends are encouraged to attend and, if they wish, speak about his many accomplishments as an advocate for the people of Greater Capitol Hill.

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In Memorium, Harold Brewer

he served on the Police Citizen Advisory council the Appreciate Policy Board, the Colorado Community Policing Board and the Citizen Advisory Board District 2. Brewer also was a community representative for various city efforts, including the “Keep Denver Beautiful” program, the light rail development and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Citizen Bond Task Force.

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39th Avenue Greenway Team Selection Announcement

Following contract negotiations, Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will consider the recommended team for a City Council vote. The City, along with the selected team, is anticipated to meet with the community to refine the greenway design in late 2017/early 2018. Pre-construction activities, such as utility relocations, are already underway, with the greenway expected to be completed at the end of 2019. Also included in the contract is funding to integrate a stormwater detention facility in the northeast corner of what is now operating as Park Hill Golf Course.

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Last ditch lawsuit aims to stop I-70 expansion on environmental grounds

Opponents of the expansion want to see the I-270/I-76 route used for through traffic, with local traffic between Stapleton and downtown handled by surface streets.

Zeppelin is part of the force behind TAXI and other prominent RiNo projects, and he lives in the Globeville neighborhood with his wife and young daughters. He is funding a significant portion of the lawsuit, with the Ditch the Ditch community group also raising more than $50,000 toward the effort.

Zeppelin described himself as “unwilling to play the patronage game” and be silent about something he thinks is wrong in exchange for favorable status with city officials.

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Articles Regarding Parking Requirements CB17-0161

Council has moved with urgency since last summer to water down the existing blanket parking exemption under pressure from some constituents. That once little-used policy, originally intended to encourage small-scale reuse or redevelopment, attracted opposition based on in-the-works projects that aim to squeeze in dozens of micro-apartments — as many as 108 on side-by-side lots — without providing on-site parking. Those projects will be grandfathered under the new zoning policy.
This contains several articles and also videos of Council deliberation on May 1

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Business owners fight to mix bud and booze

By: Amy DiPierro BusinessDen Feb 8, 2017
Khalatbari and two of his pizzerias are among five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state’s revenue department. The group says Initiative 300 trumps the state’s rule. The lawsuit claims Denver’s law went into effect first, and additionally, says the Department of Revenue’s Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division doesn’t have the power to regulate marijuana.

The gist of the blowback: scrap Colorado’s regulation.

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