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)
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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