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On Monday, October 27, Denver City Council unanimously voted to adopt new zoning for Cherry Creek's mixed-use district! The new zoning was developed over more than a year by an all-volunteer technical task force. The task force worked with city planners to craft the new, custom zoning in order to enhance the live/work/play nature of Cherry Creek.
At the council meeting, representatives of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District, the Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance, the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods spoke in support of the new zoning. (Watch a video of the public hearing.)
The zoning is effective October 30, 2014 and is designed to:
In August 2013, an all-volunteer technical task force made up of Cherry Creek residents, business owners, developers, architects and other stakeholders began working diligently on new zoning for the Cherry Creek mixed-use district. After eight months and hundreds of hours of analysis, debate, collaboration and consensus, the group held its final meeting on April 22.
A modern and customized approach to zoning can enhance Cherry Creek's enduring identity as a vibrant and sustainable neighborhood and shopping destination. The task force's goals include enhancing the live/work/play nature of Cherry Creek; enhancing its walkable, pedestrian-oriented features; and preserving and encouraging beloved features like sunlight, smaller-scale properties and the charming atmosphere of 3rd Avenue.
In 2012, Denver City Council adopted the Cherry Creek Area Plan, which outlines a vision for a connected, distinctive, green and prosperous Cherry Creek. The plan calls for new zoning for the area roughly bordered by University Boulevard, Steele Street, 3rd Avenue and 1st Avenue (see map below).
The team creating new zoning drew upon the area plan and associated studies, current zoning, design standards and guidelines, and Denver's modern zoning code to achieve the best possible land-use solutions for Cherry Creek.
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Area of new zoning:
City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and Community Planning and Development invited a Technical Task Force (PDF) with technical expertise in development and/or extensive knowledge of the Cherry Creek Area Plan to guide the zoning process.
The task force is made up of architects and design professionals, district property owners and other stakeholders -- most of whom are area residents. This all-volunteer group is dedicated to developing zoning that can ensure Cherry Creek's enduring identity as a smart, vibrant and sustainable neighborhood and shopping destination.
Learn more about the Technical Task Force members (PDF).
Cherry Creek Zoning -- Initial public review draft materials
Other Helpful Resources
The three-phase zoning project kicked off in June 2013. An estimated timeline for the process is as follows:
Kyle Dalton, AICP
Sarah Showalter, AICP, LEED-AP