West Area Plan

1. Latest News

Watch our conversation about displacement


If you missed the virtual discussion of involuntary displacement in West Denver -- what it is, why it happens, and what’s being done locally and nationally to address causes of displacement -- catch up by watching the recording of the virtual event. 

Calling all young people!  

With school back in session, the West Area Plan is reaching out to schools and organizations who work with students under the age of 18, targeting those in 7th through 12th grade. Plans are long-term vision documents, which means that kids and teenagers are those most likely to see the impact of a plan over the course of its 20-year cycle. We want young people to develop their own planning lens so they can contribute to their communities and be a voice that guides the future of West Denver's neighborhoods. 

How to participate: If you are a student in 7th to 12th grade--or a teacher, coach, educator or organization that works with youth--take any of the following steps to get involved in the planning process.

2. About the West Area

The West Planning Area is made up of these six neighborhoods: Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park and West Colfax. The area was selected to lead Phase II of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative because it has some of the oldest neighborhood plans and has experienced rapidly increasing housing costs. There are also several important city-led efforts underway in the area, including Elevate Denver pedestrian safety improvements for Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue, ongoing construction of Paco Sanchez Park, the Stadium District Master Plan, Meow Wolf, and early phase construction on the Sun Valley Eco-District. 

Current Zoning Context

  • Commercial - 12%
  • Former Chapter 59 - 7%
  • Industrial - 14%
  • Residential - 58%
  • Open space - 9%


Planning Need Indicator Scores

West Area planning need map  

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

The map shows planning need for each of the West Area Plan neighborhoods according to five categories: livability, investment, policy and regulations, economy and community demographics. Based on data in these categories, West Colfax and Sun Valley show high planning need, Villa Park and Valverde show medium-high planning need, and Barnum and Barnum West show medium-low planning need. 

Read more about the indicators and scoring



Area Statistics and Other Information


  • Area: 5.09 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 41,007
  • Housing units: 12,560
Regional destinations
  • Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Natural features
  • Lakewood Gulch
  • Dry Gulch
  • Weir Gulch Park
  • Martinez Park
  • South Platte River
  • Barnum Water Park
Key corridors
  • Sheridan Blvd.
  • Federal Blvd.
  • Colfax Ave.
  • 10th Ave.
  • 6th Ave.
  • 1st Ave.
  • Alameda Ave.



  • North: W. 17th Ave., Meade Street, W. 19th Ave. and Mile High Stadium Circle 
  • East: South Platte River
  • South: West Alameda Avenue
  • West: Sheridan Boulevard


3. West 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

Eugene Howard
Senior City Planner

Valerie Herrera (Habla español)
Associate City Planner

Sung won Han
Associate City Planner – Urban Design

Becca Dierschow
Associate City Planner – Landmark Preservation

Sayre Brennan
Associate City Planner 

City Council Offices

Council District 1
Councilwoman Jamie Torres

Council District 3
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval

Council District 7
Councilman Jolon Clark


Steering Committee

  • Jon Koneman, Barnum
  • Kaye Kavanagh, Barnum
  • Bree Davies, Barnum
  • RB Fast, Barnum West
  • Chala Mohr, Barnum West
  • Crystal Reed, Barnum West
  • Jeanne Granville, Sun Valley
  • Tamil Maldonado, Sun Valley
  • Lisa Saenz, Sun Valley
  • Maureen McCanna, Valverde
  • Dannie Dilonno, Valverde
  • Brien Darby, Valverde
  • Sean Brady, Villa Park
  • Jaime Aguilar, Villa Park
  • Korey Whitaker, Villa Park
  • Jessica Dominguez, West Colfax
  • Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg/Ephraim A. Bulow, West Colfax
  • Dan Shah, Small Business Retention and Development
  • Veronica Barela, Affordable Housing Development Expert
  • Adriana Peña, DPS Latinx Community Outreach Specialist


4. Project Archive

Community Meetings and Office Hours

Below are listed all the community meetings, workshops, office hours and pop-up events hosted by the planning team.  

Event and location Date  Materials 

West Area Plan Kickoff
Newlon Elementary School
361 Vrain Street, Denver

10/5/2019 Presentation (PDF) 
Meeting #2 and Housing Resource Fair

Lake Middle School
1820 Lowell Boulevard, Denver 




Presentation (PDF)

Self-guided Online Open House 6/25/2020 - 8/21/2020

Open house materials


Virtual Community Office Hours 
  • 10 a.m.- noon, 8/6/2020
  • 9-11 a.m., 8/8/2020
  • 8-10 a.m., 8/13/2020
  • 9-11 a.m., 8/15/2020
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., 8/18/2020
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 8/21/2020
  • Noon-2p.m., 8/25/2020
  • 3-5 p.m., 8/28/2020
  • 11:30-1:30 p.m., 9/2/2020
  • Noon-2 p.m., 9/9/2020


Steering Committee Meetings

Event Date  Materials 

Meeting #1

Meeting #2 10/17/2019
Meeting #3 11/21/2019
Meeting #4  12/19/19
Meeting #5  1/16/20
Meeting #6 2/20/20
Meeting #7 3/19/20
Meeting #8 4/16/20
Meeting #9  5/21/20
Meeting #10 6/18/20
Meeting #11 7/16/20
Meeting #12  8/20/20


Other Neighborhood Meetings and Events

Listed below are (1) meetings hosted by West Area neighborhood groups and organizations, or other City of Denver departments or teams that West Area Plan team members attended, (2) community events at which the plan had a booth/table or was part of a larger booth or table representing the City of Denver, and (3) stakeholder conversations convened or hosted by West Area organizations. 

  • 9/11/2019 - Valverde Elementary Parent Teacher Leadership Team
  • 11/12/2019 - Barnum RNO Meeting
  • 11/12/2019 - Commander Advisory Board Meeting District 4 PD
  • 11/13/2019 - Sloan's Lake Citizen Group Meeting
  • 11/13/2019 - Community Meeting at Congregation Zera Avraham
  • 11/22/2019 - Presentation to Seniors at Casa de Rosal
  • 12/17/2019 - Westridge Community Meeting
  • 1/25/2020 - Far East Center Chinese New Year Celebration 

Past Survey Information

Information for past surveys will be posted here soon.