The Neighborhood Planning Initiative Strategic Plan (PDF) sets out a framework to provide an area plan for every neighborhood in Denver in 10 to 14 years, with three areas of the city undergoing a planning process at a time. As the initiative makes its way through the city, neighborhoods that want to get a head start on the planning process can lay the groundwork by taking advantage of the resources below.
These toolkits provide ways to connect to existing city resources as well as self-guided activities, some of which are intended for groups or organizations. None of the activities are required for a successful planning process, and completing the activities won't mean your neighborhood will be scheduled for a plan sooner. Tha activities will help you begin to think about your neighborhood and its strengths and weaknesses and help you to identify and articulate your ideas and priorities before planning begins. Completing these activities will also provide insight into the area’s opportunities and issues and what community members envision, all of which can inform a neighborhood plan.
This toolkit serves as a directory to tackle common community issues that can be addressed without a planning process. Visit the city's Neighborhood Services page for a complete list of resources.
Be a Smart Ash provides information on how to protect your ash tree from emerald ash borer.
Have an idea for where a new bike rack, bike corral, or public bicycle maintenance facility could be located in your neighborhood? Denver Public Works collects suggestions on ways to enhance the city’s bicycle infrastructure.
Crime and Safety
Denver Police Department provides numerous resources for neighborhoods:
For conflicts among neighbors, Community Mediation Concepts provides objective mediation, facilitation, and conflict resolution for Denver residents free of charge. They also offer resources for homeowners association members and other community groups.
Keep Denver Beautiful
As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, this program supports Denver neighborhoods in an effort to keep the community free of trash and graffiti.
Denver's neighborhood inspectors work to ensure neighborhoods are safe and maintained according to the city's codes.
Park Maintenance and Outreach
Denver Parks and Recreation provides park ranger contact information and news about upcoming meetings, hearings, and plans on its Community Relations and Outreach page.
Pot Hole Repair
Denver requires property owners to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks after a winter storm, including adjacent ADA ramps, so that everyone has safe access throughout the city.
Street Light Repair
Street Light Request
The Sustainable Neighborhoods Program gives residents the opportunity to participate in making their neighborhood a more healthy, green and liveable community.
Denver Community Planning and Development provides multiple online resources for residents to learn about planning.
Videos of the three-session Citizens Planning Academy are available online for those interested in getting a more in depth look at planning and zoning in Denver. Each video is one hour and thirty minutes long.
Denver 311 is an easy, common entry point to navigate city services, particularly when residents want to inquire about something but don't know which city agency addresses the issue. Contact 311 to ask a question, submit a comment or to report a problem (non-emergency):
By signing up for a Pocketgov.com account, Denver residents can access customized information about their property, neighborhood, government and upcoming events.
Here are some of the services accessible online through PocketGov:
This toolkit will help you get acquainted with and compile resources in your area ahead of a planning process.
A vision book will help document issues important to you or your organization, suggestions on how these issues can be addressed, your favorite and least favorite features of your neighborhood and your vision for these areas.
Books should be composed of images and descriptions that respond to one (or more) of the following suggested themes. Images can show current conditions or illustrate ideas or examples on how they can be improved. Images of ideas or examples for improvement can be of other areas in the city or other cities.
Download the following templates to create your photo vision book:
Download the following sample vision books to get an idea of how to assemble your own vision book for your neighborhood:
Learning about the history of your neighborhood is a helpful exercise before the community comes together to create a neighborhood plan. Understanding an area’s history and context can help residents and neighborhood organizations make informed decisions about the area’s future.
An oral history is a collection of stories and accounts about individuals, everyday life and important historical events captured on audio or video recordings or hand-written transcripts. Collecting an oral history is a valuable way to document the unique character and history of a place.
The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide published by the Smithsonian Center for Culture and Folklife is one of numerous resources available online on collecting an oral history. The guide includes sample questions on numerous topics including local history and community life (page 25 of the downloadable PDF) that specifically address neighborhood traditions and local history.
A visual history is a collection of historical images about individuals, places, everyday life and important events recorded with photographs. Having photographs of places and residents in the neighborhood throughout its history is a valuable way to document the unique character and context of a place.
The following links may serve as potential resources for locating historical images:
Listening sessions or community discussions are a valuable way to create and maintain open lines of communication among neighbors, organizations and local leaders.
What you need to conduct a community meeting
How to kick start a discussion
If you or your organization have completed any of the "Take Action" items and would like to submit your information to city planners ahead of the start of the planning process in your neighborhood, click on the link below to fill out the submission form.