For the last year, city planners have been working with a task force to review and recommend updates to the rules that govern the city’s Landmark Preservation program. Starting in March 2018, the task force met monthly to discuss various aspects of the city’s preservation ordinance and make recommendations on how to improve landmark processes, balancing property rights with city and community goals to preserve of Denver’s history, architecture, culture, and neighborhood character. Now, after a year of work, proposed updates to the ordinance are ready for public review.
Along with small tweaks throughout the ordinance to clarify definitions, streamline processes and provide greater consistency, several major changes are proposed to address specific challenges.
Along with the changes mentioned above, the following items are also part of the proposed landmark ordinance update and will help streamline and clarify processes.
Lower Downtown Design Review Board
Other Notable Changes and Clarifications
Now that the Task Force's work reviewing the Landmark Ordinance has concluded, Landmark Preservation staff will be sharing proposed updates with the community over the course of the next month. A series of community meetings and office hours coinciding with National Preservation Month in May will give residents, property owners and neighborhood organizations an opportunity to learn about and share feedback on potential changes.
A sign language interpreter or CART services will be provided upon request, with three business days’ notice. Contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org.
Denver Landmark Preservation was created by the Denver City Council through the adoption of Denver's landmark preservation ordinance (Chapter 30 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code) in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural, and/or geographic significance. Since then, the ordinance has been updated numerous times, most recently in 2012, to ensure the Denver's preservation program aligns with construction and preservation standards as well as other city processes and policies.
The group is made up of 16 members representing a variety of roles, perspectives and constituencies. The task force met monthly from March 2018 to March 2019. Meetings were open to the public, and materials are posted in the archive below.
|Will Baker||Denver resident|
|Mark Bowman||Building & Residence Denver, broker associate|
|Scott Chomiak||Koelbel Urban Homes, real estate developer|
|Amy Cole||Denver resident|
|Chris Cowan||ARA Newmark, realtor|
|Stephanie Fernandez||Galloway & Company, project lead|
|Kevin Flynn||Denver City Council, District 2|
|Adam Harding||Roth Sheppard Architects, partner|
|Hayden Hirschfeld||Shames Makovsky, real estate broker|
|Dennis Humphries||Humphries Poli Architects|
|Charles Jordy||Landmark Preservation Commission, Chair
Jordy Construction, president
|Robin Kneich||Denver City Council, At-large|
|Annie Levinsky||Historic Denver, executive director|
|Tania Salgado||Lower Downtown Design Review Board Chair, Hand Print Architecture Principal|
|Rosemary Stoffel||Denver Resident|
Task Force Meeting #3
2-4 p.m., Tuesday, May 8
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6
201 W. Colfax Ave.
National Trust for Historic Preservation Report (PDF)
Task Force Meeting #9
1-4 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 1.B.6
Task Force Meeting #10
1-4 p.m., Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.I.5
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