Denver & Aurora Take First Steps in Regional Cooperation
Cities work together on new joint economic development project
In a tangible move toward improved regional cooperation, Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Friday their support for the joint development effort of a new 1,800-acre master-planned community at the intersection of Pena Boulevard and E-470, known as "HighPointe at DIA." The project, which crosses the boundaries of Denver and Aurora, is an unprecedented joint venture that stands to benefit the entire region.
"We've started to think and talk regionally, and now, we're acting regionally," said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. "HighPointe at DIA will become the first of what I hope to be many examples of how much we can accomplish when we work together. Our two neighboring cities - and indeed - the entire region, have much to gain through this type of collaboration. A new day has dawned in the metro area.”
Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer agreed, "We have been talking about regional cooperation, and today we make it a reality. A new year ushers in a new era of political leadership. We believe it’s only the first of many real examples of what teamwork can do. This project clearly illustrates the opportunities that exist and will serve as a model for the future. HighPointe at DIA promises to be an exciting project that will benefit Aurora, Denver and the entire region.”
HighPointe at DIA will ultimately include nearly 1,800 acres in a master-planned, mixed-use environment. Preliminary plans call for more than 500 acres of public open space, including an 18-hole golf course, a 350-room conference center/resort hotel, a high-end business park that could bring thousands of new jobs to the area, up to a million square feet of new retail and commercial space, and a residential community combining single-family and multi-family homes in a master-planned setting.
Landmark Properties Group and the Cattelus Development Corporation are jointly developing HighPointe at DIA.
"Our goal is to work with both Denver and Aurora to make HighPointe at DIA the most exciting and successful mixed-use project in the metro area," said Landmark President Ray Pittman. “This project could only happen with the leadership and support of Mayor Tauer and Mayor Hickenlooper, and their vision will help shape the future of this project, and the future of the DIA gateway region.”
The administrations of both cities will work with Landmark over the next 60 days to create a comprehensive development process and action plan for the property, which would then be submitted to both the Denver and Aurora City Councils for consideration. This proposal will specify boundaries of the project, establish a process for the joint planning and possible rezoning of the property, and develop a single set of design and development guidelines and standards. It may include revenue sharing for each city and a framework for water and sewer service, fees, inspections, and other steps in the development process. Both City Councils must take action on any proposal in order for it to take effect.
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