Erik Solivan, the director of the city’s Office of HOPE (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere) explained the almost-finished five-year Comprehensive Housing Plan to the committee. In 2016, a Housing Advisory Committee, which is the author of the plan, and an Affordable Housing Fund were established by ordinance. The fund, which replaces the money raised by the former inclusionary housing ordinance, is expected to raise approximately $15 million per year. The city is also looking for financial help from foundations and major employers. The city of Denver’s population, currently 700,000, grew 27% since 2000. The term “affordable housing” is meant to cover a wide area of the housing market, from no income to 80% of the average median income. The fundamental values of the plan are:
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Margie sent out notes from Saturday’s meetings.
There will a change to the bylaws that delegates who do not pay dues by February 15th (45 days prior to election) will not be eligible to vote in the March officer elections.
Executive Committee will be trained on Robert’s Rules. Loretta will speak to an attorney for training. Payment for a parliamentarian may be an option.
Both sides of issues will be presented; and, ideally, motions will be presented in writing.
Meeting attendance requirements or charges will not be set, but organization attendance will be reported.
Dignitaries, Mayor’s office, and non-delegate RNO’s will be invited to dinners.
Child care will be considered for future forums but not for dinner.
February Forum will be for diversity / displacement / gentrification. Drew suggested a committee be set up for it. He also recommended a professor from Columbia be invited, since she will be in town around the same time as the forum. He will follow up on outreach to her.
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Previously designation of Northfield Pond Park was not considered because it was primarily intended for storm water detention – not as a park. This designation opens the way for numerous other parks that were similarly viewed as “primarily for storm water detention.”
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