Apply for the Denver Planning Board

The Denver Planning Board is an 11-member, volunteer board composed of Denver residents who advise the mayor and City Council on land use matters. The mayor appoints board members to serve three-year terms. The Board is established through the Denver Revised Municipal Code and follows the rules from the ordinance as well as sets its own bylaws. The Board reviews neighborhood and citywide plans, rezoning requests, amendments to the Denver Zoning Code, certain design standards and guidelines, and comprehensive sign plans. On most matters, the Planning Board has an advisory role, meaning it makes a recommendation to the Denver City Council or the city’s zoning administrator. The most common land use actions that come to the board are rezonings, small area plans, zoning code amendments, and comprehensive sign reviews.

The board meets regularly on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. Meetings usually last 2-3 hours. Board members are expected to come prepared, having reviewed staff reports, public comments, and other supplemental materials ahead of time.

From time to time, board members may also be asked to attend special sessions for training or to take a deep dive on a specific issue.


New terms will begin July 1. The city is seeking applicants who have the following qualifications:

  • Land Use Planner with professional land use planning experience. Specifically, a clear understanding and history of regulatory land use tools in Denver and other communities.
  • General Planner with professional planning or public policy experience. Backgrounds in municipal planning, long-range planning, urban design, policy development and similar will be considered.
  • Developer who works within the development industry. Ideally, someone with experience in commercial real-estate, development entitlements, or similar.
  • Community member who is well connected to Denver residents and can bring a non-professional community-based perspective to the board.

All candidates should have a baseline knowledge and understanding of Denver’s adopted citywide plans--Blueprint Denver and Comprehensive Plan 2040--and have a strong commitment to advancing equitable outcomes. 


Fill out the application form.