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What makes Denver a vibrant city is that we have such unique and active neighborhoods; shaped with input and activism from residents and businesses. This open ‘give and take’ exists because of the great work of my predecessor, Councilman Sal Carpio who authored the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) - Notification Ordinance. This has given neighborhoods a voice and an opportunity to be proactive in shaping the future of their communities.
We have thriving commercial areas, great parks and bike trails, and within many neighborhoods a thriving downtown with active business communities. This coupled with the long list of non-profit organizations and foundations that work to meet the needs of struggling families makes Denver truly unique.
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
The first round of revisions to Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, passed by City Council on June 24th, support better-educated homeowners, and create circumstances that increase a family’s ability to avoid foreclosure and build wealth in diverse neighborhoods. Currently, there is an Economic Study underway to inform and guide Stakeholder discussions for the second phase of the revision process. Find more detailed information on the Phase I changes in the chart below, as well as an overview of the Phase II expectations and other Denver housing news from Councilwoman Kniech.
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IHO Adopted Phase I Changes
Denver Affordable Housing Update Fall 2013
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.
Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology
Greenpoint Manufacturing Center:
The Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC) is a not-for-profit real estate development organization dedicated to the preservation and creation of permanent affordable manufacturing space for small and medium-sized industrial firms. GMDC purchases and redevelops industrial properties into multi-tenant manufacturing centers that provide flexible and affordable space.
For Councilwoman Kniech, environmental sustainability begins with reducing water and energy use in our own buildings and services, extends to the investments we make in business assistance to Green industries and redevelopment that promotes green building and density where appropriate, and connects to the larger region as she supports the fullest build-out possible of a transit and land-use system that keeps growth connected to existing infrastructure and provides many choices and alternatives to driving a gasoline-powered car.
Denver is a great city, but behind the scenes we've had to cut more than $440 million dollars over four years. We found a lot of efficiency and that's good, but we've also had to cut services. Cuts will continue even when the recession is over, because we have a structural problem: expenses largely beyond our control, like heath care and utilities continue to grow faster than inflation, while our revenue is growing slower than inflation. A Structural Financial Task Force provided recommendations for addressing this challenge to Denver's future. Doing nothing is not an option, and I'm interested in your feedback on how we deliver the Denver you expect. It’s time to choose your Denver.
Choose Your Denver: Service Cuts or a More Sustainable Budget for the Future?
Read the full report and recommendations online:
Structural Financial Taskforce
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.
Read more about mixed income housing:
Archived Newsletters- May edition
Affordable Housing Task Force
Denver's Affordable Housing Program