Jan 22, 2018
Mobility & Transportation and Housing & Homelessness were selected as the two key areas of focus for 2018 when Denver City Council held its annual Policy Planning and Budget Retreat last week. In addition, two projects not related to the areas of focus —planning for a new police academy and expediting the number of neighborhood area plans — rose to the top of the Council priority list.
“Denver is experiencing grass-top economic success in our city which is spurring tremendous growth,” said Council President Albus Brooks. “We recognize this boom has created challenges in our grassroots communities.”
Challenges facing the city include meeting the demands an increasing population places on police, fire, parks and right-of-way enforcement. Community Planning and Development is under pressure to keep up with the influx of building permits and public works is striving to meet infrastructure demands. In addition, we are in a housing crisis and many can no longer afford to live in our city.
“The Council is committed to creating a beautiful city that is inclusive for all, we look forward to working with the mayor and his agencies toward this goal,” Brooks said.
All 13 members of council submitted both citywide and district-specific priorities for consideration by their colleagues. After several rounds of discussion and compromise, the priorities were set. Next, the Council’s policy and budget goals are communicated to Mayor Michael B. Hancock and city agencies so that the Council’s vision is considered during the administration’s planning and budgeting for the 2019 fiscal year.
To help achieve its goals, council will continue with four working groups that report to Council committees. The groups are Mobility & Transportation, Sidewalk Working Group, Economic & Workforce Development, and Housing & Homelessness Working Group.