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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Steve Nalley of CPD presented the Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI), which is an aggressive plan, supported by INC’s 2013 Zoning and Planning Platform, to develop plans for every statistical neighborhood in the city, of which there are 78, within approximately 14 years. Currently 42% of the city has no neighborhood or area plan at all and 39% has a plan from before Blueprint Denver was adopted in 2002. The initiative will group up to 6 neighborhoods together for planning purposes, which would mean a total of approximately 19 new plans. New staff will be hired and, under the proposed budget, there would be 3 plans underway concurrently, each of which will take 18-24 months to complete. One of the first will be for east-central neighborhoods – Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park, City Park West and North Capitol Hill. Steve can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chair Margie Valdez convened the meeting of the INC Zoning and Planning Committee and introduced Blair Taylor of Greater Park Hill Community, who spoke about GPHC’s strong opposition to an application to rezone 5325 Montview Blvd. (at Glencoe) and also to split the zone lot, which would allow the construction of an out-of-character 6000 square foot home on the garden portion of an existing home at 5315 Montview (which will remain). The application is under review by Community Planning and Development. The committee discussed the following motion, which passed by a vote of 24 in favor, 1 opposed and 3 abstentions, and will be forwarded to the INC Delegation to consider on October 8:
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Charles Nadler of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association explained the details of newly-adopted House Bill 16-1439, which provides a new type of liquor license – to allow a lodging and entertainment facility to sell liquor by the drink and to convert a tavern license to such a new license. The discussion raised questions about why Denver neighborhoods have not yet been informed of any plans by the Department of Excise and Licenses to allow “entertainment districts.”
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The district, if adopted by City Council, would apply to the approximate area in southeast Denver bounded by South Dahlia Street, East Louisiana Avenue, South Filbert Way and East Florida Avenue. The purpose of the district is to conserve the Eichler style of California contemporary home built by H. B. Wolff in the area in the 1950s. Several neighbors, with support from Historic Denver, Inc. and Councilman Kashmann worked very hard to research the history and architecture of the area and generated signatures of support from approximately 90% of the property owners. Kate Adams and Karen Flanagan described their efforts to the committee. The City Council hearing will probably be held in late November.
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Jordan Person (email@example.com), the executive director of the Denver chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, explained a ballot proposal (Responsible Use Denver) for which signatures are currently being gathered for the November 8, 2016 Denver election ballot. The supporters have until August 15 to gather more than 4700 signatures from registered voters. She explained that the group believes that the biggest problem is that, even though use of medical and recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado and there are now about 200 sales and grow locations in Denver, there is “nowhere public to go” for the legal use of such products.
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Chair Margie Valdez convened the meeting of the INC Zoning and Planning Committee and introduced City team leaders of the large citywide planning efforts just beginning: 1) Caryn Champine and David Gaspers of the Community Planning and Development Department working on the update of the 2002 Blueprint Denver Plan; 2) Courtney Levenson and Dody Erickson of Parks and Recreation working on an update of the 2003 Game Plan and Emily Snyder and Cristina Evanoff of the Public Works Department working on an update of the 2011 Denver Moves Plan and a new Denver Transit Plan. There will be citizen task forces for each of the plans and collaboration among all city departments. The goal is to develop a 20-year vision for Denver’s land use, transportation and parks in order to get ahead of Denver’s fast pace and pains of growth.
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Committee Chair Margie Valdez called the meeting to order and introduced a discussion of marijuana and its effects on neighborhoods and young people. City Councilwoman-at-Large Robin Kniech described Council Bill 16-0291, a very complicated and much-negotiated ordinance to regulate and limit any new marijuana retail licenses and cultivation licenses, which is scheduled for final reading on April 25 and, if passed, will be effective on May 1, 2016. There will be a possibility of 44 new locations in Denver. There are currently 213 cultivation-only locations in the city, 146 retail-only locations and 64 combined locations, for a total of 423 facilities
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The City wants to pause and slow down the growth of marijuana businesses. The City Council adopted a moratorium in November 2015 that runs from January 1 to May 1, 2016. The City is considering caps on marijuana businesses. Some people argue the City should let the free market work out solutions; others contend that excess marijuana supply in Denver is being diverted to a black market. READ MORE
Committee Chair Margie Valdez called the meeting to order and introduced Evelyn Baker, Deputy Director of the Community Planning and Development Department (CPD)
firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-865-2823, who gave an overview of current and future CPD activities.
She and Margie indicated that there will be a second Citizen’s Planning Academy, co-sponsored by CPD and INC, later in 2016. READ MORE
The INC ZAP (Zoning and Planning Committee) met on January 23, 2016 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at 1201 Williams meeting room. City Council members Mary Beth Susman and Raphael Espinoza attended the meeting, along with Abe Barge, CPD Senior Planner.
The Committee discussed the following issues: short-term rentals, the City’s proposed stormwater detention changes affecting the Cole neighborhood, and the City’s plans to update Blueprint Denver. READ MORE
The INC ZAP (Zoning and Planning Committee) met on October 24, 2015 from 9:30 am to 11:45 am at 1201 Williams meeting room. Steve Ferris, deputy director of CPD, attended the meeting.
The Committee discussed homeless issues in Denver for the entire meeting.
Homeless issues in Denver
The Saint Francis Center at Park Avenue and Curtis
Two representatives of the Saint Francis Center at 2323 Curtis St. (Park Avenue and Curtis) began the discussion: Andrew Spinks (Development Director) and Tom Luehrs (Executive Director). READ MORE