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The function of the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission is to preserve, enhance, and perpetuate structures that have architectural, historical, geographic or cultural significance within the Lower Downtown Historic District.  

Agenda items for consideration can include the following:

Meeting Information

Time and date: Lower Downtown Design Review Commission meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 8:30 a.m. 

Location: Meetings are held in the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Rooms will vary. See agenda for specific room location. 

Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact 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

Impact of COVID-19 response on Lower Downtown Design Review Commission schedule

The health and welfare of our community is extremely important to us. Mayor Michael B. Hancock has required that all gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled or postponed until after at least May 11, 2020.

With that in mind, the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission will not hold any public hearings in April but may hear informational items using an online platform accessible to the public. We are reviewing all virtual options for meetings and will provide updates on next steps when they are available. If you have questions about how this may directly impact your project, please contant your case manager. 

Despite the impact on meetings, the city is still open for business. Applications may still be submitted by email to Contact us if you have questions or need additional information. 

Information for presenters

Design review applications, and other applications for board consideration, are due 3 weeks and 2 days (23 days) prior to the first Thursday meeting.  If the commission receives more than 2 applications for infill construction or more than 5 total applications by the filing due date, the commission will hold an overflow meeting on the second Thursday of the month. The meeting agendas are generally filled on a first-come first-served basis (some exceptions apply) as determined by city staff.

Submission and Staff Review
Once a project is submitted, Landmark Preservation staff works with the applicant to ensure that the project meets the design guidelines, the materials are complete and to write a staff report and create a presentation for LDDRC members that includes a recommendation of approval, approval with conditions, or denial for the project. 

Starting in December 2019, to make meeting length more manageable and create greater predictability for commission members and applicants, agendas will be capped at a certain number of projects. Projects will be added to the agendas on a first come first served basis. If more than 2 infill projects or more than 5 projects total are submitted in a given month, we will have a spillover meeting that month. If 4 infill projects or 10 projects total are submitted in a given month, the additional projects over those totals will be scheduled for the following month. 

Download the 2020 LDDRC Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines (PDF) to learn more about when to submit materials. Please note that when we receive a high volume of projects, specific dates are not guaranteed. 

Presentation Materials
Download the Policy for Applicant Presentations (PDF) to learn more about preparing your presentation for the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) and the Lower Downtown Design Review Commission (LDDRC).

What to Expect at LDDRC Meetings
Download the handout What to Expect at a Lower Downtown Review Commission Meeting (PDF) to become more familiar with the standard procedures. 


Commission is made up of nine members who are appointed by the mayor, serve three-year terms and receive no compensation. Members must include the following:

  • Real estate developer with experience in rehabilitation of commercial/residential projects similar in scale to buildings in the district
  • Practicing architect
  • Historic preservationist
  • Preservation architect
  • Resident of the district
  • Property owner in the district
  • Owner or operator of a business in the district
Member Representing Term Expires 
Jesse Adkins (chair) Owner or operator of a business in the district 5/1/2020
Tom Cella At Large 5/1/2021
Mike Coughlin (vice-chair) Real estate developer 5/1/2020
Jane Crisler Preservation architect 5/1/2020
Barb Gibson Historic preservationist 5/1/2020
Fred Glick At Large 5/1/2022
James Graebner Resident of the district 5/1/2022
Heather Vasquez Johnson Architect 5/1/2022
Steve Weil Property owner in the district 5/1/2022

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Governing Documents

Want to serve on the commission?

If you are interested in serving on the Landmark Preservation Commission, contact the Denver Boards and Commissions office for more information and an application form.


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