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
Regulations for Public Display and Consumption of Marijuana
After a vibrant public debate and weeks of committee discussions and hearings, City Council has passed CB-736 which regulates the public display and consumption of marijuana. The ordinance clarifies the definition of public property, establishes an escalating scale of civil penalties for violations, and provides enhanced limits on the 16th Street Mall and Denver Parks. Please find a short summary of the bill below.
Council Defines Rules for Public Display and Consumption of Marijuana
Denver Prepares for Retail Marijuana Businesses to Open Jan. 1
The City and County of Denver has launched a new informational website to kick off public education efforts as a part of ongoing preparations for the start of retail marijuana sales on January 1, 2014. Information on the site, developed with input from businesses, tourism, education, health, and marijuana industry communities, will help the public understand what is and is not allowed under retail marijuana laws within the city. Please visit the website here, and see the below factsheet for additional information about the status of Amendment 64 implementation in Denver.
Denver Retail Marijuana Business Fact Sheet
Landmark Preservation and Design Guidelines Updates
Denver's Community Planning and Development Department and the Landmark Preservation Commission are updating the design guidelines for local landmarks and historic districts in an effort to modernize the standards that help preserve, protect and enhance our city’s treasured buildings and neighborhoods.
The design guidelines help ensure that proposed projects preserve key historic features and are compatible with the character of historic buildings, sites and districts. But the current guidelines, adopted in 1995, are difficult to navigate, have few illustrations and do not reflect recent advances in building and construction -- including energy-efficient technology.
New guidelines will outline a "how-to" approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that homeowners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process. A public workship for community participation is slated for the spring. For additional information on the project and opportunities for public input, visit DenverGov.org/Landmark.
Denver Union Station Welcomes Mixed-Income Housing
A partnership between Integral Development and East West Partners with investments from the state and Denver will complete the Denver Union Station redevelopment: more than 100 units of mixed-income and affordable housing, giving working families access to jobs and opportunities throughout the region. Creating diverse communities is not always an easy process, but the mixed-income housing made possible by this partnership completes the last missing piece at Denver Union Station. With a half billion dollars in public investment in transit, and half a billion dollars of private investment, now the folks who make transit developments a success, like bus drivers and restaurant servers, can live near Union Station and access these amenities.
Learn more about the mixed-income housing at Denver Union Station
Maintaining & Expanding Middle-Income Jobs
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.
Proclamation to Stand Against Bullying
Whether in schools, online, or at the workplace, bullying is the most common form of violent act and affects both adults and children. In Colorado schools, nearly one in five children experience some sort of bullying, which can have tremendous negative impacts on the victim's physical, social, and psychological well being.
A proclamation from Council on February 18th, 2014 recognized the important efforts of Denver Public Schools, organizations, and the community at large to stand against bullying in all forms.
Environmentally Sustainable City and Region
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.
Read the full report and recommendations online:
Structural Financial Taskforce
An Efficient & Modern Budget to Maintain a World-Class City & Resident Services
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
Ensure a Denver Seniors & Families Can Call Home
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.
Current Quality of Life Projects:
Current Housing Priorities:
- Transforming a blighted area in Globeville into a community asset that will be known as the Platte Farm Open Space.
- Supporting Denver’s efforts to reduce gang and other youth violence through employment and prevention programs, including community gardening to revitalize public spaces.
- Update Denver’s 10-year old Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to better meet Denver’s housing goals and the market conditions faced by private sector partners.
- Advance a comprehensive Housing Plan for Denver through Council adoption and support its implementation.
- Explore the potential for Denver to establish a dedicated local source of funding for the production of new housing for families and seniors with the greatest need.
- Maximize the outcome of any public investments Denver makes in new development to create mixed-income communities that can thrive throughout the city, particularly along transit, where families can then access jobs and opportunities wherever the bus or train can take them.
- Include affordable housing in regional planning efforts, to reduce the air quality and wear and tear on regional roads that results when families have to travel farther from work to afford housing.
- Support innovative policy and projects that make use of federal Private Activity Bonds to create mixed-income, multi-family housing in Denver.
Read more about mixed income housing:
Archived Newsletters- May edition
Affordable Housing Task Force
Denver's Affordable Housing Program