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Downtown Area Plan Amendment

Latest News & Upcoming Meetings

Public Review Draft & Survey

The Downtown Area Plan Amendment, Central Platte Valley- Auraria District Public Review Draft (PDF) is now available for review and comment. To submit your feedback on the draft take the survey linked below or contact Senior City Planner Lilly Djaniants (

Join us for Public Meeting #3 

The next public meeting in the planning process is coming up. See details below and help us get the word out by downloading our flier and sharing it with your networks.

5:30-7:30 p.m., February 22, 2018
Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St.
Download flier: JPG, PDF

If you need sign language interpretation or CART services, contact by Monday, February 19.

About the Downtown Area Plan

The 2007 Downtown Area Plan, which guides development in the downtown area, was conducted under the joint leadership of the City and County of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership, with the input of more than 2,000 community participants over a 15-month period.

The "Central Platte Valley Auraria district," located between I-25, Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway, was included but not detailed in the 2007 Downtown Area Plan. It was also part of a 2012 South Platte River Corridor Study that studied redevelopment potential in five distinct riverfront areas. Much of the land is surface parking lots serving cultural and entertainment venues, including the Pepsi Center, Elitch Gardens, the Downtown Aquarium and the Children’s Museum.

A key recommendation of the 2007 plan was to attract more housing, mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly development to this area. 

City planners feel it is important to revisit the undetailed “Central Platte Valley Auraria district” section of the Downtown Area Plan in 2017 so that the people of Denver, and particularly downtown residents, may provide input into the future of this area. 

Next meeting:
Check back for details on the next steering committee meeting.

Sterring Committee Members for Downtown Area Plan Amendment, Central Platte Valley - Auraria District 

Name Organization
Tami Door  Downtown Denver Partnership
John Desmond (Alt.) Downtown Denver Partnership
Councilman Rafael Espinoza Council District 1 
Councilman Jolon Clark Council District 7
Councilman Albus Brooks Council District 9 
Tim Boers Highland United Neighbors
Carol Sperat (Alt.) Highland United Neighbors
David Solomon Jefferson Park United Neighbors
Fabby Hillyard Lower Downtown Historic District
Ayn Fox Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association 
Don Cohen Riverfront Park Association
Kathryn Haight (Alt.) Riverfront Park Association
Barb Weiske Auraria Higher Education Center
Gretchen Kerr Children’s Museum 
Jon Handwork (Alt.) Children’s Museum 
Chad Ashley Downtown Aquarium
Jeff Shoemaker The Greenway Foundation
Chris Shears Architect , Shears Adkins Rockmore
David Foster Pepsi Center 
Rhys Duggan Revesco Properties
Landon Scott ViaWest


City Staff

Name Agency
Bar Chadwick Department of Finance 
Scott Gilmore  Department of Parks and Recreation 
Emily Gloeckner  Public Works – Policy & Planning 
Chris Nevitt  Transit Oriented Development Manager 
Abe Barge  Community Planning & Development
Lilly Djaniants  Community Planning & Development
Chris Gleissner  Community Planning & Development
Steve Nalley  Community Planning & Development
Steve Oliver  Community Planning & Development
Andy Rutz Community Planning & Development

Steering Committee Meeting #1
Wednesday, April 26
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #2
Wednesday, May 24
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #3
5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 28
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Community Meeting #1
5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13
Tivoli Student Union, Room 320
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #4
5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #5
5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 27
Presentation (PDF)

Design Charrette
9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 18
Denver Athletic Club, Centennial Room (3rd floor), 1325 Glenarm Place 

Steering Committee Meeting #6
5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 18
Denver Athletic Club, Centennial Room (3rd floor), 1325 Glenarm Place 

Community Meeting #2
5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 2
Webb Municipal Building, Room 1.B.6, 201 W. Colfax Ave. 
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)


Central Platte Valley Auraria District

Map of the Central Platte Valley-Auraria District, the area south of the intersection of Speer Boulevard and I-25 and just north of the Auraria campus

Located between I-25, Speer Boulevard and Auraria Parkway

Contact Us

Lilly Djaniants, Project Manager
Senior City Planner