Near Southeast Area Plan

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Share your voice by taking the online survey 

Do you live, work, go to school in or spend time in the Near Southeast Area? We want to hear what your thoughts and ideas are for the neighborhoods of Goldsmith, Indian Creek, University Hills North, Virginia Village and Washington Virginia Vale. Take the 15-minute survey and then share it with a neighbor! 

Take the 15-minute kickoff survey


Catch up on the Virtual Community Kickoff 

If you weren't able to join the virtual kickoff July 20, use the links below to catch up on what you missed.

Download presentation(PDF, 3MB)

Watch replay on YouTube


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 Southeast Area Plan General Postcard

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Submit a Question or Comment

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About the Near Southeast Area

The Near Southeast Planning Area is made up of Washington Virginia Vale, Virginia Village, Indian Creek, Goldsmith and the area of University Hills north of Yale Avenue. It includes a variety of housing types, significant commercial corridors including Colorado Boulevard and Leetsdale Drive, and amenities like sections of the Cherry Creek Greenway and the Highline Canal. Several major redevelopment projects in the area have highlighted the need to work with the community to update outdated neighborhood plans or provide planning guidance in areas where no neighborhood plan exists.  

Current Zoning Context

  • Suburban - 54%

  • Former Chapter 59 - 24%

  • Open Space - 10%

  • Industrial - 6%

  • Other (Urban Edge, Campus, General Urban, Urban Center, Open Zone District) - 9%


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 Southeast Area neighborhood was scored from low planning need to high planning need in five categories.

Neighborhood Livability Investment Policy & Regulation Economy Demographics
Goldsmith Medium high Medium Medium High Medium low
Indian Creek Medium high Medium Medium high Medium high Medium
Virginia Village Medium high Medium low Medium low Medium Medium
Washington Virginia Vale Medium Medium low Medium Medium high Medium low

  

Read more about the indicators and scoring



Previous Plans and Projects

Area Statistics and Other Information

Statistics

  • Area: 5.03 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 34,778
  • Housing units: 18,597
Regional destinations
  • Cherry Creek Trail
  • Colorado Center
Natural features
  • Cherry Creek
  • Cook Park
  • High Line Canal
Key corridors
  • Interstate 25
  • Colorado Boulevard
  • Dahlia Street
  • Holly Street
  • Monaco Parkway
  • Cherry Creek N/S Drive
  • Quebec Street
  • Alameda Avenue
  • Leetsdale Drive
  • Louisiana Avenue
  • Florida Avenue
  • Jewell Avenue
  • Evans Avenue
  • Yale Avenue

 

Boundaries

  • North: Alameda Avenue
  • East: Quebec Street and city limits
  • South: Yale Avenue
  • West: Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25 

Near Southeast Area map

 

 

Near Southeast 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

Scott Robinson
Senior City Planner
scott.robinson@denvergov.org

City Council Offices

Council District 4
Councilwoman Kendra Black
kendra.black@denvergov.org


Council District 5
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
amanda.sawyer@denvergov.org
 


Council District 6
Councilman Paul Kashman
paul.kashman@denvergov.org

Steering Committee

Members of the steering committee for the Near Southeast Area Plan were selected from the more than 100 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 City Council Offices for Districts 4, 5 and 6, 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 will help guide the planning process, support public engagement efforts and help create consensus at key points in the process. Meetings will be open to the public, and meeting materials will be available online after the fact.

Steering Committee meeting information

 Name Neighborhood, affiliations and interests 

Nancy Barlow

Lives in Cook Park, is a business owner and president of East Evans Business Association. Key issues of interest are building design, local businesses and jobs, and mobility.

Dustin Browne

Lives in Goldsmith. Key issues of interest are trees, parks and green space; mobility; and traffic.

Scott Caldwell

Works in University Hills North and is a property owner representative for the Colorado Station Area.

Guadalupe Cantu

Lives in Virginia Village. Key issues of interest are building design, affordable housing and involuntary displacement.

Harvey Cohen

Lives in the Winston Downs area of Washington-Virginia Vale. Key issues of interest are building design, density, trees, green space and proximity to parks.

Kendra Daniels

Lives in University Hills North and is a member of the University Hills North Community organization. Key issues of interest are building design, healthy food access and mobility.

Evan Derby

Lives in Washington Virginia Vale and is a member of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council and an alumnus of the Denver Streets Partnership’s Advocacy Academy. Key issues of interest are mobility, safety, traffic, and affordable housing.

Lisa Foreman

Lives in Indian Creek. Retired in 2018 after career in real estate development, primarily finance in the multi-family sector. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, trees, parks and green space and mobility.

Adrian Kinney

Lives and works in Virginia Village. Self employed in a passion-turned-career of all things Mid Century Modern. Key issues of interest: building design/cohesion, accessibility, equity

Judy Anne Kriss

Lives in Indian Creek, serves as President of the Indian Creek Neighborhood Association and is a retired member of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. Key issues of interest are mobility, traffic, safety and the increase in crimes of opportunity in Indian Creek, and creating a working relationship with Unincorporated Arapahoe County on shared concerns.

Jared Mackey

Lives in Washington Virginia Vale and is invested in increasing the quality of life, mobility, and business opportunities for his neighbors and neighborhood.

Erika McCallin

Lives Goldsmith and is a mother of two, a small business owner and a member of the Bradley International School PTO. Key issues of interest are community design; beautification of roadways, retail centers, parks and green space; and walkability. 

Miranda Meadow

Lives in Virginia Vale. Key issues of interest are mobility, traffic, and trees, parks and green space, as well as maintaining and enhancing economic/racial diversity.

Joe Miklosi

Lives in Wellshire, serves as president of the Holly Manor Condos HOA and is a former Colorado Representative from southeast Denver and a former Denver Southeast Rotarian. Key issues of interest are preservation of local parks, local businesses and jobs, and affordable housing.

Jennifer Neuhalfen

Lives and works in University Hills North and is a board member of the University Hills North Community RNO and newly appointed board member of the Colfax Business Improvement District. Key issues of interest are, mobility, affordability, housing diversity, building design and planning for an inclusive future.

Maria Jose Torres

Lives in University Hills North. Key issues of interest are affordable housing; trees, parks and green space; and mobility.

Spencer Stephens

Lives in Virginia Village and is the Zoning and Development Chair for the Virginia Village Ellis Community Association. Key issues of interest are building design, local businesses and jobs, and safety.

Sara E. Stewart

Lives in Washington Virginia Vale and is a business owner and advisory board member for the Dahlia Campus of the Mental Health Center of Denver. Key issues of interest are safety, infrastructure and healthy food access.

Jim Stone

Lives in the Cook Park area of Virginia Village and is a Board Member of the Cook Park Neighborhood Association. Key issues of interest are keeping near SE Denver a "true neighborhood area" with appropriate building heights, providing adequate and reasonable setbacks for new building structures, and continuing to provide safety in all areas of concern.

Chris Viscardi

Invests in Virginia Village and is a property owner representative of the former CDOT headquarters and CDOT region one. Key issues of interest are affordable housing, building design, healthy food access and mobility.

 

Consultants, Partner Agencies and Other Organizations

To be named. 

 

Project Archive

Community Meetings and Office Hours

Community Kickoff
6-7:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Virtual meeting via Zoom

Steering Committee Meetings

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

 

Other Neighborhood Meetings and Events

Past meeting information will be posted here. 


Past Survey Information

Survey information will be posted here.

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