Near Northwest Area Plan

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Stay tuned for more ways to get involved this fall

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts and ideas on the Near Northwest Area Plan during the kickoff phase this summer. For the next few weeks, the planning team will be reviewing the input we received through the online survey, the virtual community kickoff event and the various conversations you had with us at events in the area. We will use this input to identify themes and opportunities, and to develop a preliminary vision for Chaffee Park, Sunnyside, Highland and Jefferson Park.

In the coming weeks, we will share a summary of the input we collected as well as additional opportunities to participate. In the meantime, our comment form is still open if you have questions or more thoughts to share. 

Submit a comment or question


 

 

How to Get Involved

 


Find us in your neighborhood 

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

Additional events will be added, so check back for more opportunities.

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. 


Tell your neighbors!

We want as many people as possible to take part in creating a vision for their neighborhoods.

  • Download our postcard about the plan to help spread the word and encourage other community members to participate. 

Near Northwest General Postcard English

Download bilingual PDF version(PDF, 612KB)

  • Share this video about this plan from the Council District 1 Office. 

 


 

 

Area Information and Resources

The Near Northwest Planning Area is made up of the neighborhoods of Chaffee Park, Sunnyside, Highland, and Jefferson Park. It includes a variety of housing types, commercial corridors, local shopping destinations, and industrial areas in the northeastern portion of the planning area.   

Current Zoning Context

  • Urban - 46%

  • Urban Edge - 13%

  • Industrial - 11%

  • Urban Center - 11%

  • General Urban - 8%

  • Other (Former Chapter 59, Open Space, Campus Zone Districts) - 11%

Planning Need Indicator Scores

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

Each Near Northwest Area neighborhood was scored from low planning need to high planning need in five categories.

Neighborhood Livability Investment Policy & Regulation Economy Demographics
Chaffee Park Medium high Medium low Low Medium Medium low
Sunnyside Medium Medium low Medium Medium Low
Highland Medium Medium high High Medium high Medium
Jefferson Park Medium low Medium Medium high High Medium

  

Read more about the indicators and scoring



Area Statistics and Other Information

Statistics

  • Area: 3.8 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 24,581
  • Housing units: 11,591
Regional destinations
  • Children’s Museum of Denver
  • Downtown Aquarium
Natural features
  • South Platte River
  • Crescent Park
  • Jefferson Park
  • City of Cuernavaca Park
  • Chaffee Park
  • Ciancio Park
Key corridors
  • Speer Boulevard
  • Federal Blvd
  • 32nd Avenue
  • 38th Avenue
  • 44th Avenue
  • Navajo Street
  • Interstate 25
  • Interstate 70


Boundaries

  • North:City limits
  • East:Railroad
  • South:West 29th Avenue, Speer Boulevard and Platte River
  • West: Federal Boulevard 



  


 

  

Process and Timeline

Project 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 the planning process is being applied in the Near Northwest Area, see below.   

Planning Process Stages

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

Current Stage: Understand the Area

What the planning team is working on 
  • Existing conditions research
  • Convening community steering committee
  • Going into the community to get the word out
  • Collecting input from community members 
What we're asking 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 can participate
Results and resources
  • Existing conditions report
  • Community engagement plan
  • Public input summary 

 

 

Near Northwest 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

Liz Weigle - Project Manager
Senior City Planner 
elizabeth.weigle@denvergov.org 

Ella Stueve
Senior City Planner
ella.stueve@denvergov.org

Edson Ibanez - Habla español
Associate City Planner
edson.ibanez@denvergov.org
720-865-3266

City Council Offices

Council District 1
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval
districtone@denvergov.org

Steering Committee

Members of the steering committee for the Near Northwest Area Plan were selected from the more than 140 community members who submitted the interest form. The group is intended to be a cross-section of the neighborhoods that make up the planning area, including residents, local business owners and property owners. In bringing the group together, the planning team consulted with the Council District 1 office, considered the area’s demographics, and sought out a diversity of interests, experiences and areas of expertise as well as voices from traditionally under-represented communities.

Steering committee members help guide the planning process, support public engagement efforts and help create consensus at key points in the process. Meetings take place the fourth Tuesday of the month. They are open to the public, and meeting materials will be available online after the fact.

Steering Committee meeting information

Name

Neighborhood, affiliations and interests

Ashton Altieri

Lives in Jefferson Park and is a board member of Jefferson Park United Neighbors. Key issues of interest are land use, zoning, and pedestrian and bike mobility.

Ramon C. Bargas

Lives in Sunnyside, is officed in Highland and works throughout the Denver metro area, with a focus on Near Northwest communities. Key issues of interest are building design, safety, green spaces, parks and trees, and serving as a voice for planning in the community and support neighborhood initiatives that preserve cohesive planning, neighborhood maintenance and rejuvenation initiatives and personal connections with neighbors.

Charlie Berger

Is a business owner in Sunnyside and Highland. Key issues of interest are trees, parks and green space; building design; and local businesses and jobs.

Tim Boers

Lives in Highland, is an architect and chair of Highland United Neighbors (HUNI) Planning & Community Development Committee. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing, and trees, parks and green space, transportation, and preservation.

Benjamin Chavez

Lives in Jefferson Park. Key issues of interest are involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity and affordable housing.

William Dana

Lives in Jefferson Park and is a frequent user of parks in the Near Northwest area. Key issues of interest are trees, parks and green space; local businesses and jobs; and building design.

Mike Falbo

Works in Highland. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing and involuntary displacement.

Esteban Gomez

Lives in Sunnyside. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, involuntary displacement and improving access to opportunity.

Nita Gonzales

Lives in Chaffee Park and is a trustee for Regis University. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, involuntary displacement and improving access to opportunity.

Tim Hernández

Teaches at North High School and lives just outside the Near Northwest Area in West Highland. Key areas of interest include affordable Housing, anti-displacement, and improving access to opportunity.

Rebecca Hunt

Lives in Highland. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing, sustainability, and historic preservation.

Adeel Khan

Lives in Jefferson Park and is a Denver Public Schools principal. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing and trees, parks and green space.

Emily Kleinfelter

Lives in Highland and is a member of Denver Streets Partnership. Key issues of interest are equitable mobility, safe streets, progressive land use and zoning policies, and advocating for anti-racist planning.

Sheila Martinez

Lives in Sunnyside. Key issues of interest are involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity, building design, and creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

Renee Martinez-Stone

Works for the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative at Denver Housing Authority (DHA). Lives just outside the Near Northwest Area in West Highlands. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, accessory dwelling units, building design and involuntary displacement.

Nola Miguel

Lives in Chaffee Park and is a member of the Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association. Key issues of interest are involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity and affordable housing.

Juan Padro

Is a business owner in Highland. Key issues of interest are local businesses and jobs, affordable housing and involuntary displacement.

Garrett W. Phillips

Lives in Sunnyside and is active in many community organizations including the Denver Elks Lodge in Jefferson Park. Key issues of interest are involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity and building design.

Lorenzo J. Ramirez

Lives in Highland and operates a cultural arts nonprofit organization in Highland. Key issues of interest are historic neighborhood sites and building preservation, new building design, affordable housing and involuntary displacement of native and long-time residents.

Lexi Steinhauer

Is on the board of a Sunnyside-based non-profit organization, lives and works in Highland, and is a member of Highland United Neighbors Inc. Planning & Community Development committee. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing, and trees, parks and green space.

Trupti Suthar

Lives in Sunnyside and is president of Sunnyside United Neighbors Inc. and an at-large board member of Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation. Key areas of interest include development and land use, climate and resiliency and community organizing and empowerment.

Leslie Twarogowski

Is executive director of the Federal Boulevard Business Improvement District in Jefferson Park. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity, supporting a commercial corridor filled with diverse, locally owned businesses and property owners, and safety for all the ways people get around.

Nancy Vallejo

Lives in Chaffee Park and works at Beach Court Elementary. Key issues of interest are healthy food access (including a community pantry in Chaffee Park), affordable housing, involuntary displacement, empowering Spanish-speaking residents to become part of community conversations and increasing representation of Latinx residents.

Emily Weiss

Lives in Chaffee Park and is a member of the Chaffee Park Neighborhood Association. Key issues of interest at affordable housing, involuntary displacement, improving access to opportunity, racial justice, environmentalism, and ensuring voices are heard equitably from all community members.



Consultants, Partner Agencies and Other Organizations

To be named. 

 

Project Archive

Community Meetings and Office Hours

Community Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Pop-up Events

  • Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Federal Coffee, 2307 Federal Blvd. 

Steering Committee Meetings

Steering Committee Meeting #1
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Steering Committee Meeting #2
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Steering Committee Meeting #3
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Steering Committee Meeting #4
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Other Neighborhood Meetings and Events

2021

  • 7/15: Registered Neighborhood Organization Leadership meeting
  • 7/22: Quigg Newton Leadership Resident Council
  • 7/28 and 7/31: Sunnyside Conservation Overlay Town Hall
  • 7/29: Sunnyside United Neighbors Inc Quarterly General Membership Meeting and BBQ, 3845 Lipan Street. 
  • 8/5: Jazz in the Park, Chaffee Park
  • 8/20: Movie at the Park, Zuni Park
  • 9/11: Sunnyside Music Festival, Chaffee Park ) 
  • 9/18: 3V3 Basketball Tournament, Aztlan Recreation Center, 4435 Navajo St.
  • 9/19: Fun on Federal, 2406 Federal Boulevard
  • 9/26: Jefferson Park United Neighbors Broncos Tailgate

 

Past Survey Information

Survey information will be posted here.

 

 

 

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