VISIT DENVER is the premier source of information about Denver's hot spots, visitor attractions, cultural events, hotels, and more. For a comprehensive listing of things to do in Denver, visit www.visitdenver.com
Public art, theatre rentals, entertainment, and more.
My at-large office is a bustling place. In addition to serving constituents and representing the people of Denver by voting on ordinances in City Council Committees and Meetings, I believe good leaders need to anticipate opportunities, identify challenges and proactively work to address them. I do so by focusing on areas that make use of my qualifications and/or are of high priority to the citizens of Denver, and by partnering closely with communities, issue experts and other stakeholders. My current initiatives fall into several themes:
New Council District boundaries for purposes of the 2015 municipal election.
Rising housing costs and inconsistent school quality are driving too many families with children from Denver, and we have more work to do to ensure our growing population of seniors are able to age in Denver and access the services they need. Councilwoman Kniech will ensure a vibrant city by supporting housing regular people can afford, partnering with local communities on school priorities, and overcoming barriers to quality of life.
The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance – requires 10% affordability in new, for-sale developments of 30 or more units. Revisions to Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) were passed by Council in two phases. The first round of revisions to the IHO, passed in June of 2013, supported better-educated homeowners, and created circumstances that increase a family’s ability to avoid foreclosure and build wealth in diverse neighborhoods. The second phase, guided by an economic study of Denver’s housing needs, was passed by City Council in August 2014, and recalibrated the developer requirements to help build more homes, and provide a more flexible range of options to do so.
Find more detailed information about both Phase I and Phase II adopted changes below.
Please contact Laura Brudzynski for more information on the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and other housing initiatives in Denver.
Phase II (Historical Documents):
Denver has been recognized as an early leader in environmental conservation, but in some areas we have fallen behind the best practices of other major cities, and we have more work to do to ensure a sustainable future. Councilwoman Kniech’s priorities include:
• Provide robust and safe alternatives to driving a gasoline-powered car, including improved public transit, ensuring all neighborhoods have sidewalks, accommodating new technologies such as car-shares, and expanded bicycling infrastructure. Councilwoman Kniech is a leader on these issues not only in Denver, but through her role with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, which oversees comprehensive planning and transportation funding in the Denver Metro region.
• Ensure city investments in businesses or redevelopment are consistent with conservation outcomes, such as promoting density in appropriate areas, requiring green building standards, and business development assistance to grow more green technology, service and manufacturing companies in Denver.
Although the economy has impacted all sectors of the economy and all cities, Denver has lost a higher percentage of manufacturing jobs than the state, the nation, and the metro region.
Councilwoman Kniech has taken the initiative to learn why Denver is under performing, to revamp efforts to maintain and expand existing manufacturing and light industrial businesses in our City, and to lay the groundwork for expansion and growth in this important but overlooked sector. The manufacturing and light industrial sectors (warehouse, distribution, repair, etc.) provide middle-income jobs and an important tax base for Denver.