Neighbors fight to save trees ahead of trial involving Denver’s City Park Golf Course

Denver City Council is set to vote on contracts related to a controversial drainage project at the golf course. The work involves a stormwater drainage project and course redesign.

The proposed contracts are on the agenda for Monday, August 14, after the vote was delayed by a week. Councilman Rafael Espinoza requested the delay and sent a letter to Mayor Michael Hancock Friday morning asking him to deny the contracts.
In addition to the video interview by Channel 9, this article also contains a ethics complaint against CW Stacie Gilmore and videos of the LUDI committee and the discussion for a postponement of the contracts surrounding the Park demolition.

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Denver City Council Meeting Schedule and Agendas *SPECIAL NOTICE*

**SPECIAL NOTICE: There will be a one-hour courtesy public hearing Monday, July 24, 2017, introduction of Council Resolution 17-0687 regarding the three-day Overland Golf Course Music Festival and a separate one-hour courtesy public hearing on introduction or first reading of Council Bill 17-0726 which would allow occupancy of certain existing buildings though a conditional certificate of occupancy also known as the Safe Occupancy Program. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the City & County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Council Chambers, Room 450. You may sign-up to speak as early as 5:00 p.m. in Room 451 or during the recess of Council.**
This post contains a video of the June 20, Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee meeting regarding Overland Park Music Festival.

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CITY PARK GOLF COURSE PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

On June 5, 2017, the Denver District Court heard arguments regarding the City’s assertion that 220 documents (7,400 pages) should be protected by the “deliberative process” privilege—which stems from the “executive privilege”.
The Court ruled that the 7400 pages should not be handed over to the Plaintiffs
(those suing the city to protect CPGC) in the CPGC lawsuit. The City has repeatedly claimed in public and under oath, that they are committed to transparency and have nothing to hide. However, in court, the Attorneys for the City claimed that disclosure of the 7400 pages of emails and documents would somehow chill future candid discussion among city leaders and staff.

Full response to motion is found here

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City Moves Forward With Massive Music Festival

The community process highlighted the values, interests and concerns of a diverse community,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation in a statement. “In the next stage of the process, our commitment is to fulfill the guidelines we set forth during the community input process. We are confident that we can reach an agreement that accomplishes that goal. We pledge to hold the event organizers accountable to protecting that which is valuable to our city, its residents and neighborhoods.”

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Organizers are defending 4/20 as Mayor Michael Hancock orders a “thorough review” of city procedures

“Seeing our Civic Center in a state of disrepair was for many in our city — including myself — deeply disappointing and discouraging,” Hancock said at a press conference Monday morning. “Our parks and public spaces are held in the public trust, and when organizers hold an event at one of these spaces, they have a responsibility to uphold that public trust. When organizers leave one of our parks trashed, they violate that trust.”

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The Value Of Open Space To A City

New York City Department of City Planning commissioner Amanda M. Burden talks to Urban Land magazine about the value of urban open space, how it can be a catalyst for economic development, why she created the Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award as well as how cash strapped cities can create open space on a shoestring budget.

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A divided Denver City Council votes to require more parking when small lots are redeveloped

The issue is the small lot parking exemption, a component of Denver’s zoning code that allowed developers in certain mixed-use zones to skip the parking when they develop lots that are 6,250 square feet or smaller.

There’s a moratorium in place on using that exemption, and there were two proposals on the table. One, supported by Brooks, would have exempted parking for the first three stories if a project was close to transit and for the first two stories if it were farther from transit. The other, pushed by Councilman Jolon Clark, would require parking after the first two stories for projects close to transit and after the first story further out. Both proposals maintain the full exemption for existing buildings, even if they are being redeveloped for a new use.

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