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 January 6 meeting.

See agenda and call-in information for January 20 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.


Andrew Abrams

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.


Heidi Aggeler

Term expires June 30, 2023

Heidi Aggeler is a Managing Director with the women-owned housing policy and community planning firm Root Policy Research. She specializes in housing needs assessments, fair housing and equity studies, and housing market analyses. Ms. Aggeler has worked in the public policy field for more than 25 years, beginning with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she researched economic conditions for the Ninth District. Before joining the Fed, Ms. Aggeler conducted fair lending audits of financial institutions for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Ms. Aggeler has been invited to speak about her work at conferences held by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the American Planning Association (APA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute (RMLUI). Ms. Aggeler is a board member of the FAX Partnership, a nonprofit nurturing smart revitalization along the East Colfax corridor. Ms. Aggeler was a featured author in the Fall 2015 edition of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Housing and Community Development newsletter. Her article “The Supreme Court Throws a Curve Ball: Completing a Fair Housing Study in the Wake of the Court’s Disparate Impact Ruling” discusses the benefits and challenges of a new approach to fair housing assessments.

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.


Jessica Dominguez

Term expires June 30, 2023

Jessica Dominguez has been a Denver Public School teacher for 19 years in underserved communities. She is also a licensed realtor and co-owner of Love thy Neighbor, a mission-driven real estate group focused on affordable homeownership. In her recent sabbatical from teaching, she focused on finding solutions to the displacement she witnessed in her classroom. During that time, she was named one of Denverite’s Who’s Next in Housing; was appointed by the Mayor to be on The City of Denver’s Housing Advisory Committee; became deeply involved with many other working groups and committees involving housing. She is currently helping to lead the Denver Classroom Teachers Association Housing Committee.  As a Denver native, she is deeply familiar with the changing Denver neighborhoods and the importance of advocating for housing stability for all-especially children. 


Don Elliott

Term expires June 30, 2021

Donald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver and Chapel Hill, and affiliate offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issues, served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years, and performed independent research on Indian urbanization and slum upgrading in Delhi for two years. He has managed planning and zoning projects that have been state level award recipients from the American Planning Association in Colorado, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Don teaches graduate level course on Land Use Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Architecture and Planning. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 20 years. Don has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.


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.


Frank Schultz

Term expires June 30, 2021

Frank Schultz is the CEO/Co-Owner of the Tavern Hospitality Group (THG), which operates restaurants, taverns, and concert/entertainment venues in seven locations throughout Denver, including one at the Denver Broncos’ Sports Authority Field and one at the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field. Throughout the years, Frank has been featured in various publications, including a Denver Business Journal article focusing on the challenges and strategies of his operating a multi-unit concept. In 2011, the Journal recognized Frank as one of Denver’s most influential business leaders, and in 2009, wrote a piece on the company’s ability to thrive during an economic downturn. He has been a national speaker at the Nightclub & Bar Convention in Las Vegas. The Tavern Group has been awarded recognition both nationwide and locally by Playboy, Sunset Magazine, Frontier Airlines’ Wild Blue Yonder, Nightclub & Bar Awards, 5280 Magazine and Citysearch, to name a few.


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, 170KB)

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.

Meeting Records

Meeting records for 2021 will be posted on this page.

See meeting records for previous years.