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The draft West Area Plan is ready for public review

After three years of work with residents, business owners and community leaders, including a transition to virtual community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first draft West Area Plan is now ready for community review. The draft plan reflects the community’s priorities, honors the history and diversity of the West Area, recommends strategies to address challenges identified by residents and stakeholders through the planning process and guides growth in a way that aligns with and balances city and neighborhood goals.

Read the draft plan and comment directly on the document

 

Watch an overview of the project

About the draft and how it came together

In a first for neighborhood plans in Denver, the draft acknowledges the historic inequities the area has faced as well as their roots in past public policy decisions. Through partnerships with local organizations, virtual discussions, online surveys and intentional engagement of the West Area’s Latino, Asian and Jewish communities, the West Area planning process prioritized previously marginalized voices. Community members identified the following priorities and challenges for the plan to address:

  • Helping residents and local businesses stay in their neighborhoods
  • Making it easier for residents to access healthy food
  • Improving transportation options and street safety so locals can get around easily and comfortably no matter how they travel
  • Supporting the culture and diversity of West Area neighborhoods

See an overview of our intentional community engagement(PDF, 261KB)

 

 

 

How to Get Involved

   


Find us in your neighborhood

Members of the planning team will be attending the following community events and will be and available to take public input and answer questions.  

  • West Colfax Community Advisory Group (CAG)
    6-7 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2022
    Register via Zoom
    Dial in: 720-928-9299, Meeting ID: 87621277197
  • Sustainable Food Policy Council (SFPC)
    9-11 a.m., Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    Register via Zoom (Meeting ID: 894 6829 5204, Passcode: 147831)

    Dial in: 720-928-9299, Meeting ID: 894 6829 5204

Hosting a neighborhood meeting or event? Let us know! City planners can provide presentations about the plan, set up a booth and/or provide materials.  


 

 

Area Information and Resources

The West Planning Area is made up of these six neighborhoods: Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park and West Colfax. The area was selected to lead Phase II of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative because it has some of the oldest neighborhood plans and has experienced rapidly increasing housing costs. There are also several important city-led efforts underway in the area.  

Current Zoning Context

  • Commercial - 12%
  • Former Chapter 59 - 7%
  • Industrial - 14%
  • Residential - 58%
  • Open space - 9%

Planning Need Indicator Scores

West Area planning need map  

To help inform the neighborhood planning process, the city developed data-based indicators of planning need at the neighborhood scale. 

The map shows planning need for each of the West Area Plan neighborhoods according to five categories: livability, investment, policy and regulations, economy and community demographics. Based on data in these categories, West Colfax and Sun Valley show high planning need, Villa Park and Valverde show medium-high planning need, and Barnum and Barnum West show medium-low planning need. 

Read more about the indicators and scoring

Area Statistics and Other Information

Statistics

  • Area: 5.09 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 41,007
  • Housing units: 12,560   
Regional destinations
  • Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Natural features
  • Lakewood Gulch
  • Dry Gulch
  • Weir Gulch Park
  • Martinez Park
  • South Platte River
  • Barnum Water Park   
Key corridors
  • Sheridan Blvd.
  • Federal Blvd.
  • Colfax Ave.
  • 10th Ave.
  • 6th Ave.
  • 1st Ave.
  • Alameda Ave.

 

Boundaries

  • North: W. 17th Ave., Meade Street, W. 19th Ave. and Mile High Stadium Circle 
  • East: South Platte River
  • South: West Alameda Avenue
  • West: Sheridan Boulevard

 

 

Process and Timeline

Near Northwest Planning Process Timeline  

The Neighborhood Planning Initiative provides a model for area planning that is intentional, equitable and measurable. The planning process is guided by a multi-pronged outreach and communications strategy with an expected timeline of 18 to 24 months from kickoff to adoption. For a detailed overview, visit How We Plan. For details on how the planning process is being applied in the West Area, see below.   

Planning Process Stages

  • Understand the Area
  • Define the Issues and Develop Initial Recommendations
  • Refine Recommendations
  • Community Review of Draft Plan
  • Adoption Process 

Completed Phases

Understand the Area

What the planning team worked on
  • Existing conditions research 
  • Convening community steering committee (member listing available on this page under West Area Team)
  • Used multiple channels to get word out about plan launch
    • Project website and email list
    • Social media
    • Traditional media outreach
  • Went into the community to distribute flier to get the word out about the plan
    • Eagleton Elementary
    • Barnum Elementary
    • Newlon Elementary
    • Colfax Elementary
    • Cheltenham Elementary
    • Cowell Elementary
    • Fairview Elementary
    • Lake International Middle School
    • STRIVE Prep Lake Middle School
  • Hosted meetings and attended community events to share information and collect input   
  • Conducted intentional engagement to specific communities in the West Area:
    • Latino/Latina/Latinx communities
    • Vietnamese and Asian communities
    • Jewish community
    • Youth, in partnership with Denver Public Schools
What we asked the community 
  • What do you like or dislike about your neighborhood?
  • Where are the opportunities?
  • What are the areas of concern?
  • What do you want to see for the future of your neighborhood?
  • How do you want to get involved in the planning process?
How the public participated 
  • 560 people joined the email list (through March 2020)
  • 220 people attended two Phase 1 public meetings
  • 762 people took kickoff survey
  • Took Villa Park and West Colfax NTMP mobility survey
  • Talked with planners at 12 events in the community 
  • The steering committee held 8 meetings 
  • 92 people attended 4 topic specific focus group work sessions
  • Participated in 3 Facebook live events hosted by Council District 1
Results and resources 

Define the Issues and Develop Initial Recommendations

What the planning team worked on
  • Reviewing and analyzing community input from Phase 1 to identify themes and opportunities   
  • Reviewing Phase 1 community engagement and conducting proactive outreach to address gaps 
  • Working with area schools on youth-focused outreach
  • Working with local partners on addressing the issue of involuntary displacement in West Denver 
  • Continuing to work community steering committee
  • Continuing to collect input from community members  
What we asked the community 
  • How do you want to stay involved in the planning process?
  • What do you think about these guiding principles and opportunities? 
How the public participated 
  • 332 people joined email list 
  • 161 took land use opportunities survey
  • 108 took mobility opportunities survey
  • 109 took economy opportunities survey
  • 117 took quality of life opportunities survey 
  • 350 participants took the youth survey
  • 170 people participated in the Understanding Displacement webinar
  • Talked with planners at 9 community events and 10 office hours sessions  
  • Steering committee held 11 meetings 
Results and resources 

Refine Recommendations

What the planning team worked on

  • Collected feedback from community members on draft recommendations
  • Reviewed and analyzed that feedback
  • Continued to work with community steering committee
  • Conducted intentional engagement with key partners:
    • Colorado Jobs for Justice
    • Denver Food Project & Casa de Rosal
    • Valverde Movement Project & Columbine Denver Housing Authority
    • Valverde Parent Teacher Leadership Team
    • Sun Valley Kitchen and Denver Housing Authority residents
    • Barnum West Community Co-Op at 1st
    • Congregation Zera Abraham
    • Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council
    • Food in Communities Regional Initiative
    • West Colfax Business Improvement District

What we asked the community

  • How do you feel about these draft policies?
  • Do they reflect what your priorities?
  • Do they reflect what you have told us about your area?
  • Are the recommendations on the right track?

How the public participated

  • 304 people joined email list
  • 237 took survey on draft recommendations
  • Talked with planners at 10 community events and 12 office hours sessions
  • Observed steering committee meetings

Results and resources

 

 

  

 

 

Next Phase: Community Review of Draft Plan

More information on this next phase of the process will be posted soon.


 

 

West Area Team

Planning is a collaborative, community-driven process facilitated by city staff with the support of City Council offices, partner agencies and guided by a steering committee of residents, local businesses, neighborhood groups, community-serving organizations and other constituencies from every neighborhood in the planning area.

City Planners

Eugene Howard
Senior City Planner
eugene.howard@denvergov.org

Valerie Herrera (Habla español)
Senior City Planner
valerie.herrera@denvergov.org

Sung won Han
Senior City Planner – Urban Design
sungwon.han@denvergov.org

Becca Dierschow
Senior City Planner – Landmark Preservation
becca.dierschow@denvergov.org

City Council Offices

Council District 1
Councilwoman Jamie Torres
jamie.torres@denvergov.org


Council District 3
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval
amanda.sandoval@denvergov.org


Council District 7
Councilman Jolon Clark

jolon.clark@denvergov.org

Steering Committee

  • Jon Koneman, Barnum
  • Kaye Kavanagh, Barnum
  • Bree Davies, Barnum
  • RB Fast, Barnum West
  • Chala Mohr, Barnum West
  • Crystal Reed, Barnum West
  • Jeanne Granville, Sun Valley
  • Tamil Maldonado, Sun Valley
  • Lisa Saenz, Sun Valley
  • Maureen McCanna, Valverde
  • Dannie Dilonno, Valverde
  • Brien Darby, Valverde
  • Sean Brady, Villa Park
  • Jaime Aguilar, Villa Park
  • Korey Whitaker, Villa Park
  • Jessica Dominguez, West Colfax
  • Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg/Ephraim A. Bulow, West Colfax
  • Dan Shah, Small Business Retention and Development
  • Veronica Barela, Affordable Housing Development Expert
  • Adriana Peña, DPS Latinx Community Outreach Specialist

 

 

 

 


 

 

Project Archive

Community Meetings and Office Hours

Below are listed all the community meetings, workshops, office hours and pop-up events hosted by the planning team.  

Event and location Date Materials

West Area Plan Kickoff
Newlon Elementary School
361 Vrain Street, Denver

10/5/2019 Presentation(PDF)
Meeting #2 and Housing Resource Fair

Lake Middle School
1820 Lowell Boulevard, Denver

1/14/2020

Presentation(PDF)

Self-guided Online Open House 6/25/2020 - 8/21/2020

Open house materials

 

Virtual Information Sessions on ADUs

  • 10/20/2021
  • 10/23/2021
  • 10/27/2021
  • 10/30/2021
 

 

Virtual Community Office Hours
  • 10 a.m.- noon, 8/6/2020
  • 9-11 a.m., 8/8/2020
  • 8-10 a.m., 8/13/2020
  • 9-11 a.m., 8/15/2020
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., 8/18/2020
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 8/21/2020
  • Noon-2p.m., 8/25/2020
  • 3-5 p.m., 8/28/2020
  • 11:30-1:30 p.m., 9/2/2020
  • Noon-2 p.m., 9/9/2020
  • 1-2 p.m., 5/17/2021
  • 9-10 a.m., 5/22/2021
  • 4-5 p.m., 5/24/2021
  • Noon-1 p.m., 6/3/2021
  • 9-10 a.m., 6/5/2021
  • 4-5 p.m., 6/7/2021
  • Noon-1 p.m., 6/10/2021
  • 9-10 a.m., 6/12/2021
  • 4-5 p.m., 6/14/2021
  • Noon-1 p.m., 6/17/2021
  • 4-5 p.m., 6/21/2021
  • Noon-1 p.m., 6/24/2021

Steering Committee Meetings

Event Date Materials

Meeting #1

9/12/2019
Meeting #2 10/17/2019
Meeting #3 11/21/2019
Meeting #4 12/19/19
Meeting #5 1/16/20
Meeting #6 2/20/20
Meeting #7 3/19/20
Meeting #8 4/16/20
Meeting #9 5/21/20
Meeting #10 6/18/20
Meeting #11 7/16/20
Meeting #12 8/20/20
Meeting #13 9/17/20
Meeting #14 10/15/20
Meeting #15 1/28/21
Meeting #16 2/18/21
Meeting #17 3/18/21
Meeting #18 4/15/21
Meeting #19 5/20/21
Meeting #20 6/17/21
Meeting #21

7/15/21

Meeting #22 8/20/21 
Meeting #23  9/17/21 
Meeting #24  10/21/21
Meeting #25  11/19/21
Meeting #26 

2/15/22 

Meeting #27  3/15/22 
Meeting #28  4/9/22 
Meeting #29  5/17/22 

Other Neighborhood Meetings and Events

Listed below are (1) meetings hosted by West Area neighborhood groups and organizations, or other City of Denver departments or teams that West Area Plan team members attended, (2) community events at which the plan had a booth/table or was part of a larger booth or table representing the City of Denver, and (3) stakeholder conversations convened or hosted by West Area organizations. 

  • 9/11/2019 - Valverde Elementary Parent Teacher Leadership Team
  • 10/8/2019 - WeCAN RNO Meeting
  • 10/23/2019 - West Colfax BID Cloverleaf Community Meeting
  • 11/12/2019 - Barnum RNO Meeting
  • 11/12/2019 - Commander Advisory Board Meeting District 4 PD
  • 11/13/2019 - Sloan's Lake Citizen Group Meeting
  • 11/13/2019 - Community Meeting at Congregation Zera Avraham
  • 11/22/2019 - Presentation to Seniors at Casa de Rosal
  • 12/14/2019 - West Area Plan "Community Conversations" Existing Conditions Digital Survey 
  • 12/17/2019 - Westridge Community Meeting
  • 1/25/2020 - Far East Center Chinese New Year Celebration 
  • 2/13/2020 - Work Session #1 Housing and Land Use
  • 3/3/2020 – Mobility Work Session
  • 3/5/2020 - West Mobility/NTMP Work Session
  • 3/31/2020 - Food/Food Systems Work Session
  • 7/30/2020 - Recommendations Workshop (North and South of 6th)
  • 8/4/2020 - Sun Valley RNO Presentation on NPI West
  • 8/13/2020 - Recommendations Workshop (North and South of 6th)
  • 8/27/2020 - Stadium Development Master Plan Meeting
  • 9/21/2020 - WDCLC Quarterly Meeting Update
  • 10/7/2020 - CPD West Area Plan Understanding Displacement Panel
  • 6/26/2021 - Valverde Neighborhood Park Clean up and Storytelling Event
  • 7/24/2021 - Valverde Movement Project: Youth Activities Pop-Up
  • 7/31/2021 – Co-Op at 1st Ave Farmer’s Market Event & Resource Fair
  • 8/7/2021 - Valverde Movement Project "Getting Around" (aka Mobility) Pop-Up
  • 8/24/2021 - Athmar Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
  • 8/25/2021 - Villa Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
  • 8/28/2021 - Villa Park Movie Night
  • 8/30/2021 - Congregation Zera Abraham
  • 9/7/2021 - Sun Valley Coalition Meeting
  • 9/10/2021 - Sun Valley Farmers Market Block Party 
  • 10/16/2021 - Valverde Neighborhood Association
  • 11/9/2021 - West Colfax  Association of Neighbors
  • 2/2/2021 - Denver Planning Board information item
  • 3/3/2022 - Historic and Cultural Preservation Walking Tour with Council District 1
  • 3/9/2022 - Valverde Neighborhood Association 
  • 4/23/2022 - Joseph Martinez Park Cleanup in Villa Park

Past survey information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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