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Planning Board

The Denver Planning Board advises the mayor and Denver City Council on land use matters including planning and zoning. The 11-member board reviews and makes recommendations on rezoning requests, plans, certain district design standards and guidelines, view planes and other land use rules and regulations.


Meeting Information

  • Time and date: 3 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month
  • Location: Parr-Widener Community Room (#389), City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St. Meetings are also broadcast live on Denver's Channel 8 and online at www.Denver8.TV.
  • Overflow seating: If necessary, the Council Committee Room (#391) of the City and County Building, next door to Parr-Widener, will have a television broadcasting the meeting.
  • Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you'd like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.
Agenda for May 2, 2018

All linked documents below are in PDF format. If you have trouble accessing the content in any of these documents, please email planning.board@denvergov.org.

Members

Board members are appointed by the mayor for three-year terms on a volunteer basis.

Term expires June 30, 2018

Julie Underdahl is the President & CEO of the Cherry Creek North (CCN) Business Improvement District (BID). The CCN BID is a quasi-governmental special district that creatively plans, manages, and promotes Cherry Creek North, one of the premier retail and mixed use areas in the country. As CEO of the CCN BID, she has elevated the organization to a new level of prominence within the governmental, business, and retail communities in Colorado and among urban management organizations nationally. She has restructured its operations and finances, managed the development of its $18 million streetscape renovation project from start to finish, and represented the BID in the completion of a new City land use/transportation plan for the area. Prior to joining the BID, Underdahl worked as an economic development leader. She was the president/CEO of two other organizations, the Denver International Airport Business Partnership Inc. and the Aurora, Colorado Economic Development Council Inc. She also served during the Peña administration in the Denver Office of Economic Development.

Term expires June 30, 2020

Heidi Aggeler is a Managing Director with BBC Research & Consulting (BBC) and leads the firm’s housing and human services practice area. She specializes in housing needs assessments, market analyses, and fair housing studies. Prior to joining BBC, Ms. Aggeler worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis where she researched economic conditions for the Ninth District of the Federal Reserve System. Before joining the Fed, Ms. Aggeler conducted fair lending audits of financial institutions for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Ms. Aggeler has been invited to speak about her work at conferences held by HUD, the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects and the Colorado Civil Rights Division. Ms. Aggeler is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Denver-based Mile High Community Loan Fund, a community development financial institution. She is currently a member of the Denver School of the Arts (DSA) Collaborative School Committee within Denver Public Schools. Ms. Aggeler was a featured author in the Fall
2015 edition of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Housing and Community Development newsletter. Her article “The Supreme Court Throws a Curve Ball: Completing a Fair Housing Study in the Wake of the Court’s Disparate Impact Ruling” discusses the benefits and challenges of the new AFH template.
 

Term expires June 30, 2019

Jim Bershof is a licensed architect and a principal at OZ Architecture. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Design, a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature, and a Masters of Architecture, all from the University of Michigan. A Denver native, Jim previously served on the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission. In his architectural practice, Jim works in the areas of multi-family housing, both affordable and market rate, mixed-use, libraries and single family residential. Jim currently sits on the boards of the Metro Denver Boys and Girls Clubs and the Denver Architectural Foundation and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

 

Term expires June 30, 2020

Erin Clark is a real estate attorney and land use consultant with a solo practice in Denver and Boulder. She is committed to seeing development of thoughtful and sustainable urban infill projects that promote walkability and community cohesion. A Denver native, Erin has worked in the fields of planning and development since 2001, starting with a role in real estate and affordable housing at the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. She later spent five years in the City of Pasadena, CA, as a planner in both long-range planning and economic development. There, she participated in the drafting and adoption of a citywide Recreation & Parks Master Plan, and she also oversaw large commercial and institutional development projects, including environmental review for renovation of the Rose Bowl stadium. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Term expires June 30, 2019 

Ignacio Correa-Ortiz made the decision to actively participate in the healthy evolution of cities twenty-five years ago; he believes that the future of humanity and ecology depend largely on the sustainability of the urban environment. Ignacio is a licensed architect, certified urban planner, accredited LEED professional and an urban designer. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee with masters’ degrees in architecture and in urban planning. He has a professional degree in architecture from the Universidad Santo Tomas in Colombia, South America. Ignacio is a Senior Architect/Urban Designer at the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado where he is responsible for reviewing, coordinating and giving direction to FasTracks and RTD’s base system on architectural, landscape, urban design and transit-oriented development needs. Ignacio’s two decades of experience as a design consultant, sustainability specialist and as a community planner includes transit, comprehensive planning and urban design projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Ignacio is a passionate speaker in subjects relating to architecture, place-making, and urban sustainability.

 

Term expires June 30, 2018

Donald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver and Chapel Hill, and affiliate offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issues, served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years, and performed independent research on Indian urbanization and slum upgrading in Delhi for two years. He has managed planning and zoning projects that have been state level award recipients from the American Planning Association in Colorado, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Don teaches graduate level course on Land Use Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Architecture and Planning. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 20 years. Don has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

 

 

Term expires June 30, 2020

Renee Martinez-Stone is an urban planner and Principal at Perspective3, a Denver based consulting firm focused on a range of site, neighborhood and district planning efforts. Renee has worked for 20 years creating the planning framework, policy and design details for many sustainable and thriving urban infill projects. Community building, health, transit and accessible design are priorities that define her professional work and community endeavors. Ms. Martinez-Stone is noted by her professional peers for her ability to understand and bridge large scale project goals with targeted design solutions. Renee studied architecture and received a Master’s degree in urban geography from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a Colorado native, active member of the Colorado Urban Land Institute (ULI), and currently sits on the Colorado Health Foundation’s Healthy Places Advisory Committee.

 

Term expires June 30, 2020

Joel Noble is President of Curtis Park Neighbors, the registered neighborhood organization for this historic neighborhood in the Five Points area. As a long-time active member of CPN, he led Curtis Park’s extensive input to the city-wide new zoning code and map, co-authored four successful landmark district applications, chaired his neighborhood's working group for the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan, and served on the steering committee for the 38th and Blake Station Area Plan. He has served on the Board of the Five Points Business District since its inception, and is Co-Chair of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation's Transportation committee. Joel is a native of Denver and is a senior lead software engineer at CenturyLink.

 

Term expires June 30, 2018

Susan Pearce is an owner of Preferred Properties, Inc. a locally owned real estate firm located in Washington Park. After a career in teaching, Susan became a Realtor in 1995 specializing primarily in residential sales. In this role, she has gained an extensive knowledge of Denver’s neighborhoods. She has been Managing Broker at Prestige Real Estate Group and PorchLight Real Estate Group. Susan has always believed in being active in the community. She has been citywide PTSA President and Vice-President, Cofounder of Steele School Plus, Director of the Denver Board of Realtors; and chaired many committees at the Denver Board including Government Affairs, Land Use, and Zoning Code Task Force. Susan is an Oklahoma native with Colorado roots and has been a Denver resident since 1977.

 

Term expires June 30, 2018

Frank Schultz is the CEO/Co-Owner of the Tavern Hospitality Group (THG), which operates restaurants, taverns, and concert/entertainment venues in seven locations throughout Denver, including one at the Denver Broncos’ Sports Authority Field and one at the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field. Throughout the years, Frank has been featured in various publications, including a Denver Business Journal article focusing on the challenges and strategies of his operating a multi-unit concept. In 2011, the Journal recognized Frank as one of Denver’s most influential business leaders, and in 2009, wrote a piece on the company’s ability to thrive during an economic downturn. He has been a national speaker at the Nightclub & Bar Convention in Las Vegas. The Tavern Group has been awarded recognition both nationwide and locally by Playboy, Sunset Magazine, Frontier Airlines’ Wild Blue Yonder, Nightclub & Bar Awards, 5280 Magazine and Citysearch, to name a few.

 

Term expires June 30, 2019

Susan Stanton has worked in economic development and public/private initiatives in Colorado for over 20 years. As President of The Stanton Solution, she works throughout the Front Range on land use, economic development, and complex public/private partnerships. Prior to that, she was a Vice President of CLC, a western US, retail- focused land development consulting firm. Stanton has also served as President of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation and Vice President of the DIA Partnership. She started her career with Denver International Airport during its construction. Stanton has chaired the Economic Development Council of Colorado, NAIOP Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge and Metro North Chamber Development Council. A long-time Denver resident, Stanton holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Denver.

 

 
 

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About the Board

The Denver Planning Board is established through the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 12, Article II, Division 2. 

The sequence for most cases reviewed by the Planning Board is as follows:

  1. Planning Board meeting (includes a public hearing)
  2. Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting (public hearing optional)
  3. Denver City Council meeting (includes a public hearing)

The Planning Board has jurisdiction to conduct urban design review and make a recommendation on final action to the zoning administrator in four areas of the City:

  1. Denver Union  Station T-MU-30 Zoning (Ord. #707-04)
  2. PUD #531 (Commons: west of Union Station and roughly bounded by Wewatta, Commons Park, 20th Street, and Speer Boulevard)
  3. PUD #449 (Highland Gardens Village: roughly bounded by West 38th Avenue, West 36th Avenue, Tennyson Street and Wolff Street)
  4. Arapahoe Square (D-AS) Design Standards and Guidelines

Applicants should work with their Project Coordinator in Development Services and consult the Planning Board design review submittal requirements (PDF) for information about what is required.