Planning Board

Overview

The Denver Planning Board advises the mayor and Denver City Council on land use matters including planning and zoning. The 11-member board reviews and makes recommendations on rezoning requests, plans, certain district design standards and guidelines, view planes and other land use rules and regulations.

Planning Board meetings take place on the first and third Wednesday of every month and are open to the public. Meetings are broadcast on Denver's Channel 8 and online at www.Denver8.TV.

 General Meeting Information

  • Time and location: 3 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of every month; Webb Municipal Building (#4.I.5), 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
  • Virtual access: Members of the public may participate virtually via Zoom.  In-person attendance: We strongly encourage everyone who can to join the meeting virtually. Those who testify in person will not be in the same room as board members. If necessary, room #4.I.3 of the Webb Municipal Building, will have a television broadcasting the meeting.
  • Language interpretation: If you would like to request that live interpretation is provided at a Planning Board meeting, please email planningboard@denvergov.org three business days before the meeting.
  • Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you'd like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.

See Agenda and call-in information for September 1 meeting.

See agenda and call-in information for September 15 meeting.

 

Members

Board members are appointed by the mayor for three-year terms on a volunteer basis.

There is currently one vacancy on the board.

Joel Noble, chair

Term expires June 30, 2023

Joel Noble is a past President of Curtis Park Neighbors (CPN), the registered neighborhood organization for this historic neighborhood within Five Points. As a long-time active member of CPN, he led Curtis Park’s extensive input to the city-wide new zoning code and map, co-authored four successful landmark district applications, chaired the neighborhood's working group for the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan, and served on the steering committee for the 38th and Blake Station Area Plan. He has served on the Board of the Five Points Business District since its inception, and is Co-Chair of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation's Transportation committee. Joel is a native of Denver and is a senior lead software engineer at CenturyLink.


Vacant Seat

Term expires June 30, 2021

Andrew was born and raised in Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado, receiving his bachelors in psychology. After becoming a mental health worker at a treatment facility for at-risk youth, he changed careers into real estate in 2009. Since entering real estate, Andrew has been actively helping buyers and sellers fulfill their dreams of owning a home.  He has been working diligently to be an active participant within the real estate industry.  He was on the Board of Directors for Denver Metro Association of Realtors, the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, Char of RPAC and on the Market Trends Committee. He also represented DMAR on the affordable housing task force for the city of Denver and Blueprint Denver.  Andrew had his first child after meeting his wife playing soccer. His immediate family still resides in Colorado and is an integral part in his success.

 

Mary Beth Susman

Term expires June 30, 2023

Mary Beth Susman is a former Denver City Councilwoman serving two terms as President of the council. She spear-headed the city’s recreational marijuana ordinances, helped develop the 2020 City Comprehensive Plan and the Green Roofs ordinances, developed Denver’s short term rental ordinances, and developed several legislative innovations related to e-bikes, scooters, car and ride-share options.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver and spent her earlier career in higher education, retiring as Vice-President of the Colorado Community College System.  She also was the founding President of three state-wide online colleges in Colorado, Kentucky and Louisiana. She is a Smithsonian Laureate for her seminal work in online education and her archives are in the Smithsonian American History collection.

 

Erin Clark

Term expires June 30, 2023

Erin Clark is an urban planner and real estate attorney who currently serves as Vice President of Master Site Development for Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), a local non-profit organization with a mission of creating equitable communities through affordable real estate.  At ULC, Erin oversees large, multi-phased development projects, primarily near transit stations. Erin is committed to seeing development of thoughtful and sustainable urban infill projects that promote walkability and community cohesion. A Denver native, Erin has worked in the fields of planning and development since 2001, starting with a role in real estate and affordable housing at the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. She later spent five years in the City of Pasadena, CA, as a planner in both long-range planning and economic development. There, she participated in the drafting and adoption of a citywide Recreation & Parks Master Plan, and she also oversaw large commercial and institutional development projects, including environmental review for renovation of the Rose Bowl stadium. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ignacio Correa-Ortiz

Term expires June 30, 2022 

Ignacio Correa-Ortiz made the decision to actively participate in the healthy evolution of cities twenty-five years ago; he believes that the future of humanity and ecology depend largely on the sustainability of the urban environment. Ignacio is a licensed architect, certified urban planner, accredited LEED professional and an urban designer. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee with masters’ degrees in architecture and in urban planning. He has a professional degree in architecture from the Universidad Santo Tomas in Colombia, South America. Ignacio is a Senior Architect/Urban Designer at the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado where he is responsible for reviewing, coordinating and giving direction to FasTracks and RTD’s base system on architectural, landscape, urban design and transit-oriented development needs. Ignacio’s two decades of experience as a design consultant, sustainability specialist and as a community planner includes transit, comprehensive planning and urban design projects in the Americas, Africa and Asia. Ignacio is a passionate speaker in subjects relating to architecture, place-making, and urban sustainability.


Vacant Seat

Term expires June 30, 2023

 

Jordan Block

Term expires June 30, 2024

Bio pending...

 

Angelle C. Fouther

Term Expires  6/30/21

Currently, the Director of Communications for Urban Land Conservancy, Angelle has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Angelle is driven to aid local communities marginalized by racial and economic disparities. As such, Angelle was the founding chairperson of Montbello Organizing Committee, a nonprofit organization in Far Northeast Denver committed to engaging and equipping residents to address issues such as food access, economic development, and transportation. She has also served in leadership roles on the several boards and as a mayoral appointee to the Denver African American Commission and Blueprint Denver Task Force, where she strongly supported an equity analysis and implementation focus for the city's 20-year plan. Angelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Arts and Culture from the University of Denver.


Gosia Kung

Term expires June 30, 2022

Gosia Kung brings 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design along with 10 years of community leadership and executive nonprofit management. After receiving her degree in architecture in Poland, Gosia moved to the US and focused her professional career on “human scale design”. Along with her husband, Gosia founded Kung Architecture in 2003 – a design practice serving a diverse range of small business owners, infill developers and homeowners, and communities in Denver Metro.  In 2011 Gosia established Colorado’s first successful pedestrian advocacy organization WalkDenver. In her role as the Executive Director Gosia led the organization through multiple tactical urbanism projects and public policy initiatives related to investments in pedestrian infrastructure and safety. In 2018 Gosia returned to her career in architecture and was named “Who’s Next: Housing” by Denverite and published articles on neighborhood sensitive affordable housing design in DenverUrbanism.


Fred Glick

Term expires June 30, 2024

Fred Glick is a commercial real estate developer working primarily on adaptive reuse projects in Denver’s urban core.  He is also an active community volunteer and currently serves on the boards of RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver Civic Ventures, Clayton United RNO, and Denver Architecture Foundation.  He also serves on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Mobility Council and Urban Exploration Planning Committee.  Fred chaired the board of the Academy of Urban Learning, a Denver charter school serving unhoused and at-risk students.  He led the Learning Spaces Committee at Denver Shared Spaces, was a member of the Mile High Connects Advisory Council and helped establish the Aurora Welcome Center, serving immigrants and refugees.

A Denver native, Fred spent twenty years abroad in Swaziland, South Africa, India, Egypt and the United Kingdom.  He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a master’s student in University of Colorado Denver’s Urban and Regional Planning program.

 

 

Heidi Majerik

Term expires June 30, 2021

As Vice President and General Manager of the Denver regional office for the Southern Land Company, Heidi Majerik is responsible for the development of Westerly, a 400-acre mixed-use master planned community in Erie, CO. She is also responsible for identifying and executing new growth opportunities within the Metro Denver market. But her passion for, and expertise in the real estate industry is evidenced by an over 20-year career in community and business development in Denver and its surrounding communities. Majerik specializes in community development which includes strategic business planning, underwriting, project management, entitlements, infrastructure construction management, market analysis, land acquisition and disposition, talent development and negotiations. Before joining Southern Land Company, she was Vice President of Business Development for Wonderland Homes. Prior to that she was the Director of Development for Forest City Enterprises on the redevelopment of Denver’s former airport, now known as Central Park. Prior to that effort she was a development manager for Intrawest US Holdings. Her Colorado projects have included the Copper Mountain Resort Development and a 600-acre golf-course community in Silverthorne. She has also worked as a civil engineer for Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers, where she designed drinking-water treatment plants and other civil infrastructure. She is a past president of the Home Builder’s Association of Metro Denver, is the Treasurer and Board member of the Metro Housing Coalition and is a past Chair of the Urban Land Institute Community Development Council. She has also served as chair of the Economic Development Task Force for the town of Silverthorne. Her career trajectory and her civil service activities reflect her passion for city planning and development and, even more importantly, her commitment to housing. The Pennsylvania native completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University, and earned her MBA from the University of Denver in 2011. 

 

 

Design Review

Planning Board Design Review Checklist(PDF, 151KB) 

The Planning Board has jurisdiction to conduct urban design review and make a recommendation on final action to the zoning administrator in four areas of the city:
  1. Denver Union  Station T-MU-30 Zoning (Ord. #707-04)
  2. PUD #531 (Commons: west of Union Station and roughly bounded by Wewatta, Commons Park, 20th Street, and Speer Boulevard)
  3. PUD #449 (Highland Gardens Village: roughly bounded by West 38th Avenue, West 36th Avenue, Tennyson Street and Wolff Street)

Bylaws and Common Questions

The Denver Planning Board is established through the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 12, Article II, Division 2. 

Planning Board Bylaws(PDF, 110KB)

Who is the Denver Planning Board?

The Denver Planning Board is an 11-member volunteer board comprised of Denver residents that advises 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 its own bylaws.


What is the role of the Denver Planning Board?

The Board reviews neighborhood and citywide plans, rezoning requests, text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code, certain district design standards and guidelines, comprehensive sign plans and general development plans. For most matters, the Planning Board has an advisory role and makes recommendations to City Council or the city’s zoning administrator. The most common land use actions that come to the board are plans, rezoning and design review.


How does the Denver Planning Board do its work?

Plans

Plans set the vision for a neighborhood or area and provide policy guidance for regulations such as zoning. Planning Board reviews a variety of plans including comprehensive, neighborhood, small area, and corridor plans. The Planning Board holds a public hearing to take testimony on proposed plans and plan amendments, and votes whether or not to approve a proposed plan. The plan then goes to City Council for a second public hearing before final adoption.

Rezoning

Rezoning changes the rules for land use and types of buildings permitted on a given property by changing its zone district. Because this public process amends the city’s official zoning map, a rezoning is also referred to as a “map amendment.” Rezoning applications request a “new” zone district and its associated regulations, not approval of a specific development or building type, as one zone district can accommodate a variety of development scenarios.

The Planning Board evaluates rezoning requests against the following criteria (per Section 12.4 of the Denver Zoning Code):

  • Is the rezoning consistent with completed plans?
  • Would the rezoning result in consistent regulations for each property with the same zoning designation citywide?
  • Does the rezoning further public health, safety, and welfare?
  • Are there circumstances that justify the rezoning?
  • Is the rezoning consistent with the neighborhood context and the zone district’s purpose and intent?

After evaluating a rezoning request against the above criteria, the Planning Board makes a recommendation to City Council. City Council holds a second public hearing and makes a final decision on the request. For more, visit denvergov.org/rezoning.

Design Review

The Planning Board reviews urban design for new development only in these neighborhoods: Denver Union Station, Arapahoe Square, the Commons and Highland Gardens Village. For proposed development in these locations, the Planning Board reviews the proposal for compliance with the relevant design standards and guidelines and makes a recommendation for final action to the city’s zoning administrator.