Amanda P. Sandoval

Councilwoman, District 1

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval

Amanda Sandoval’s Northwest Denver roots run deep. Not only is she a Denver native and lifelong resident of Northwest Denver, but in 1975 her parents opened a well-known area restaurant, La Casa de Tamales in the Berkeley neighborhood. It's now called La Casita and located in the Highlands neighborhood. Her love and dedication for Northwest Denver is rooted in the relationships she forged from serving others in the family restaurant, which remains a community meeting place where discussions turn into actions, and those actions improve the lives of Denver residents and businesses. Through years of listening, learning and observing, Amanda developed the skills crucial to successful leadership, including challenging and improving the status quo. This is clear in her work for the City of Denver. Her genuine compassion has been integral in addressing community issues both large and small, and her experience working with city agencies and residents alike, has earned positive outcomes in every Northwest Denver neighborhood. Amanda understands the value of differing perspectives, the need for well-reasoned solutions, and how to fiercely defend the interests of Northwest Denver residents. These are the reasons why Amanda will be the Voice for District 1.  

Amanda and her husband, Michael Encinas, have two children, Isabella “Bella” age 18 and Alexander “Alex” age 16; a Goldendoodle named Winston, and a Jack Russell mutt named, Jack. Bella is currently a freshman at Community College of Denver, while Alex is in 10th grade at North High School. The Sandoval-Encinas family resides in Northwest Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood.

District 1 Neighborhoods include: 
Berkeley, Chaffee Park, Highland, Jefferson Park, Regis, Sloan's Lake, Sunnyside, West Highland and West Colfax

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Councilwoman Sandoval is exploring a rezoning to allow Accessory Dwelling Units on all single-unit zoned properties in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Please visit ADUs in Sloan's Lake? to learn more and share your opinion in a survey.


For the past year, Councilwoman Sandoval has been working with the Harkness Heights Neighborhood Association to develop a conservation overlay that would require new development to be more compatible with the traditional bungalow character.

Harkness Heights Overlay(PDF, 3MB)


Starting just weeks after being sworn in to office, Councilwoman Sandoval began working with Chaffee Park residents to realize their vision to rezone the neighborhood to allow ADUs. After a year-long process involving town halls, mailers, door-to-door flyering, and a community-wide survey, Councilwoman Sandoval submitted the formal application in May 2020.

The rezoning was passed unanimously by City Council on November 9, 2020. This was the first rezoning of its scale for ADUs since the new zoning code adopted in 2010 and set a model for expanding ADUs throughout Denver.