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East Central Area Plan

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This summer and fall, Denver's city planners gathered input from residents, business owners and other community stakeholders — both out in the community and online — to help draft a vision for the East Central Area neighborhoods.

Planners have attended community events and meetings to talk about the planning process and hear directly from community members. Additionally, our online surveys have drawn thousands of respondents across the plan area who have shared what they like and dislike and their ideas for improving where they live, work and play.

Beginning in 2018, all the comments and ideas that community members have been providing will start to take shape into a shared community vision for each planning area. Check back on this page for updates and more opportunites to get involved.

Steering Committee

Council members Wayne New and Albus Brooks have convened the Steering Committee for the East Central Area Plan. All meetings for the committee will be open to the public.

Next meeting:
6-8 p.m., Thursday, December 14
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall

Future meetings:
6-8 p.m., 2nd Thursday of the month
CHUN Tears-McFarlane House Community Room, 1290 Williams St.

Name Affiliation
Jimmy Balafas Colfax Business Improvement District 
Brad Cameron Cheesman Park
Buzz Geller Commercial property owner
Neil Goldblatt Commercial property owner
Bob Hampe North Capitol Hill
Frank Locantore Uptown on the Hill, Colfax Ave Business Improvement District
Sean Mandel Commercial property owner
Don Novak Bluebird Business Improvement District
Heather O'Neil City Park West
Michelle Reichmuth City Park Neigborhood Advisory
Caroline Schomp Capitol Hill
Myles Tangalin Congress Park
Trent Thompson South City Park

About the East Central Planning Area

The East Central Planning Area includes the statistical neighborhoods adjacent to Colfax Avenue between Broadway and Colorado Boulevard, including Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, City Park and City Park West. The area contains a rich mix of amenities, jobs, and housing options, and remains one of the most dynamic places in the city. The area’s outdated plans coupled with additional changes on the horizon—including plans to improve City Park, add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Colfax Avenue, and new amenities such as Civic Center Transit Station and the Carla Madison Recreation Center—make East Central a top priority for engaging the community in a new plan.

Currently, the East Central planning area is zoned according to the following breakdown:

32% Urban context
27% General urban context
19% Open space
11% Urban center context
11% Other (Former Chapter 59, Downtown context, Campus context)

Pie chart showing zoning context breakdown for east central planning area

To help inform the NPI Strategic Plan, the city developed data-based indicators of planning need at the neighborhood scale. Click here to read more about the indicators.

Table showing planning need indicator scores

Text translation of above infographic (PDF)

  • Area: 3.89 square miles
  • Population: 46,488 people
  • Housing units: 32,684 units
Regional destinations
  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital
  • National Jewish Health
  • State Capitol
  • History Colorado Center
Natural features
  • Cheesman Park
  • City Park
  • Congress Park
Key corridors
  • Park Avenue
  • Colfax Avenue
  • 17th Avenue
  • 7th Avenue Parkway
  • Broadway Boulevard
  • Downing Street
  • Colorado Boulevard

Steering Committee Meeting #1
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 19
Colorado Health Foundation, 1780 Pennsylvania Street, Denver
Presentation (PDF)
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #2
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 16
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #3
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 13
Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #4
6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 12
Bicycle Café 1308 E 17th Ave
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #5
6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 9
CHUN Tears McFarlane House, 1290 Williams St., Community Hall
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)


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Scott Robinson
Senior City Planner


Map showing east central planning area neighborhoods: North Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, City Park West, Cheesman Park, City Park and Congress Park


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