Planning & Visioning

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Southeast Denver Visioning Overview

Since 2015, southeast Denver residents have shared their ideas to improve the area. Through surveys, community meetings, online engagement and one-on-one communications, residents have shared how much they love our corner of Denver, but would like it to be more walkable with local restaurants, retail and gathering places for people to meet and linger. These ideas have created a vision for the area and are guiding the work of the District 4 Council office.  Below are the results from some of our community surveys:

Multiple planning efforts have already occurred, and more are in the works. See below. Scroll down to learn about our community volunteer efforts. 

This 2016 video, Imagine the Possibilities, inspired 1000s of residents during our Visioning Series.

Southeast Denver Planning

Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI) & Near Southeast Area Plan

  • Denver's Neighborhood Planning Initiative is a long-term commitment to ensure every corner of the city can enjoy the benefits of an area plan. Since its launch in 2017, residents, neighborhood groups, and community leaders have been working alongside the city's neighborhood planning team to create a vision and plan for their areas.
  •  The Near Southeast Area Plan is scheduled to begin in 2021. It includes the Evans corridor, the Goldsmith neighborhoods, University Hills North, Virginia Village, Virginia Vale and Indian Creek. It is hoped that an Evans Corridor Study will occur concurrently.

Yale Corridor Study

A Yale Corridor Study is underway to look at safety improvements from Downing to Holly. The study began in December 2019 with an existing conditions assessment and concluded in 2020. Next steps include public comment through March 10 2021. Check the project page for information and community meeting details.

 

Yale, Southmoor & Belleview Station-Area Study

In 2020, Transportation Solutions engaged with community members and transportation experts to study and make recommendations to improve accessibility to these light rail stations making them true mobility hubs and maximizing ridership.

 

Hampden Avenue Corridor

After a Hampden Corridor Study and public input, the first phase of Hampden improvements were completed in 2019 including medians, new crosswalks and a new light at Verbena. Phase two improvement will include a redesign of the Locust intersection to increase pedestrian safety as well as a new “Southmoor” sign at Monaco. For more information visit: Hampden Corridor Study Report(PDF, 9MB)Hampden Improvement Plan presentation(PDF, 1MB) and Hampden Improvements FAQ(PDF, 364KB).

 

South Colorado Boulevard (SoCo) Visioning

Community members shared their ideas to improve the South Colorado Blvd corridor in 2019. Their ideas will help inform future improvements. View the SoCo Blvd Visioning Infographic(PDF, 699KB).(PDF, 699KB)

 

Southmoor Station Area

Community members participated in visioning meetings and surveys to share their ideas for what development they would like to see here. For more information, visit Denver's Southmoor Station TOD pageResults infographic(PDF, 4MB)

 

Belleview Station Planning

Located at Belleview and I-25, the Belleview Station is a fast growing “urban” walkable Transportation Oriented Development complete with housing, hotel, office, retail, restaurants and an active transportation hub. Western Union and Newmont Mining, two Fortune 500, companies are located at the Belleview Station. View the plans online

 

Colorado Station Planning

The Colorado Light Rail Station located at Colorado Boulevard and I-25, is a dense, walkable Transportation Oriented Development that includes office and retail. Junction Food & Drink opened in 2020 and is a chef-driven Food Hall featuring inspired creations from both locally and nationally known chefs and has been a very popular spot to dine at.

 

 

Southeast Denver Work Groups and Programs

 

Race & Social Justice Work Group

Our mission statement: The District 4 Race & Social Justice Work Group, in support of the City of Denver’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals, seeks to promote racial and social justice in our community and create an inclusive district where everyone is welcome and can thrive. 

We are excited for what we have in store for this year. We will be having monthly work group meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6 - 7 PM. For more information, please email taylor.cohn@denvergov.org.

Arts & Culture Work Group

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Identify and apply for grants (Ex: P.S. You Are Here & Imagine 2020) dedicated for public art projects, and identify opportunities to attract arts and culture facilities to southeast Denver.

For more information, contact kathy.gile@denvergov.org.

Mobility & Streetscapes Work Group

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Advocate for Improvement Districts and collaborate with mobility groups (WalkDenverBikeDenverBicycle Colorado & Transportation Solutions) for improved safety measures in southeast Denver.

For more information, contact kendra.black@denvergov.org

Parks, Trails & Golf Work Group

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Members advocate for improvements and helped to create the Denver Park Trust, a non-profit raising funds for new parks and capital projects.

For more information, contact Genevieve.Kline@denvergov.org.

Restaurants & Retail Work Group

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Attract local, fresh restaurants and retail businesses to southeast Denver while still promoting and supporting existing restaurant and retail businesses in the area.

For more information, contact kendra.black@denvergov.org.