Council At-Large Information

Robin Kniech, Councilwoman at-large
Robin Kniech,
Council At Large

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:

  • Quality affordable housing and mixed-income communities
  • Environmental Justice and Sustainability, including access to Local Food
  • Economic Development with a focus on Manufacturing

 Past accomplishments include expanding public comment in City Council policy debates and expanding access to affordable child care.  Read a summary of my 2013 accomplishments and 2014 goals.

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To expand access to fresh, healthy food throughout Denver, I am working with the Sustainable Food Policy Council and my colleagues in the City to update our zoning code to allow the retail sale of fruits, vegetables, and limited food products grown or produced at residential properties.  To find out more about the proposed updates, and learn how we are supporting community self-sufficiency, promoting healthy food choices, and bringing new opportunities to neighborhoods with traditionally low access to fresh fruits and vegetables, please read the Frequently Asked Questions for Home Grown Produce.

Read the list of supporting organizations.



The first round of revisions to Denver's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, passed by City Council last summer, support better-educated homeowners, and create circumstances that increase a family’s ability to avoid foreclosure and build wealth in diverse neighborhoods. Phase II, guided by an economic study of Denver’s housing needs, will recalibrate the developer requirements to help build more homes.   

Find more detailed information on the Phase I adopted changes in the chart below, as well as an overview of the Phase II proposals, recent presentations for City Council and Stakeholder groups, and other Denver housing news from Councilwoman Kniech. 

Please contact Laura Brudzynski for more information on the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and other housing initiatives in Denver. 

Resources: 

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.

Resources:
  • Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology
  • Greenpoint Manufacturing CenterThe 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.

Read the full Structural Financial Taskforce report and recommendations online.

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.

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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.


Current Quality of Life Projects:
  • 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.

Current Housing Priorities:
  • 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.

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Contact Councilwoman Kniech

Robin Kniech
Council At Large
Phone: (720) 337-7712

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