Near Southeast Area Plan

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Ready to roll up your sleeves? Here's how

Love the neighborhoods of Washington Virginia Vale, Virginia Village, Indian Creek, Goldsmith and University Hills North. The Near Southeast Area Plan is launching this year, and we are looking for active and eager community partners to take the lead. If you are interested in serving on the plan steering committee, joining a focus group or participating in other opportunities, let us know by completing our interest form.

Complete the interest form & tell us how you want to get involved

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 Several major redevelopment projects in the area have highlighted the need to work with the community to update outdated neighborhood plans or provide planning guidance in areas where no neighborhood plan exists.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


  • Area: 5.03 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 34,778
  • Housing units: 18,597
Regional destinations
  • Cherry Creek Trail
  • Colorado Department of Transportation Offices
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



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



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

City Council Offices

Council District 4
Councilwoman Kendra Black

Council District 5
Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer

Council District 6
Councilman Paul Kashman

Steering Committee

To be named.

Consultants, Partner Agencies and Other Organizations

To be named. 


Project Archive

Community Meetings and Office Hours

Past meeting information will be posted here. 

Steering Committee Meetings

Past meeting information will be posted here. 


Other Neighborhood Meetings and Events

Past meeting information will be posted here. 


Past Newsletters

Newsletter information will be posted here.

Past Survey Information

Survey information will be posted here.