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East Area Plan

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This summer and fall, Denver's city planners gathered input from residents, business owners and other community stakeholders — both out in the community and online — to help draft a vision for the East Area neighborhoods.

Planners have attended community events and meetings to talk about the planning process and hear directly from community members. Additionally, our online surveys have drawn thousands of respondents across the plan area who have shared what they like and dislike and their ideas for improving where they live, work and play.

Beginning in 2018, all the comments and ideas that community members have been providing will start to take shape into a shared community vision for each planning area. Check back on this page for updates and more opportunites to get involved.

Steering Committee 

Council members Mary Beth Susman and Chris Herndon have convened the Steering Committee for the East Area Plan. All meetings for the committee will be open to the public.

Next meeting 
6-8 p.m., Thursday, January 25
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street

Upcoming Meetings
6-8 p.m., 4th Thursday of the month
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street

Name Affiliation
Laurie Bogue Bellevue-Hale Neighborhood Association
Tom Fesing  East Colfax Neighborhood Association
Bridget Galati East Colfax
Yoal Ghebrehmeskel
Street Fraternity
Lyle Hansen Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
Marti Holmes Historic Montclair Community Association
Kyaw Lin Oo Hidden Brook/Street Fraternity
Tracey MacDermott Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
Ted Manley Johnson & Wales
Monica Martinez Fax Partnership
Tom Meyers New Freedom Neighbors 
Hilarie Portell Colfax Mayfair Business Improvement District
Merritt Pullam Mayfair Neighbors, Inc.
Wende Reoch Cranmer Park/Hilltop Association

About the East Planning Area

The East Planning Area includes the statistical neighborhoods adjacent to Colfax Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Yosemite Street (Denver's eastern city limit), including South Park Hill, Montclair, Hale, and East Colfax. The area contains many great community assets, such as historic parkways, the Rose Medical Center, Johnson and Wales University, and many unique, locally-owned businesses. The area is experiencing some significant changes, such as the 9th and Colorado mixed use project, as well as plans to add Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Colfax Avenue. Two of the four neighborhoods, South Park Hill and East Colfax, have out of date plans, while Hale and Montclair have no plans at all. The Neighborhood Planning Initiative provides a great opportunity to establish the community’s vision for maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in these neighborhoods for decades to come.

Currently, the East planning area is zoned according to the following breakdown:

58%  Urban edge context
30%  Urban context
5%  Former Chapter 59 (Old Code) Zoning
5%  Other (Campus, Open space, Urban center contexts) 
5%  General Urban context

Pie chart showing zoning breakdown for East planning area

To help inform the NPI Strategic Plan, the city developed data-based indicators of planning need at the neighborhood scale. Click here to read more about the indicators.

Table showing planning need indicator scores

Text translation of above infographic (PDF)

  • Area: 4.55 square miles
  • Population: 31,173 people
  • Housing units: 15,434 units
Regional destinations
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Johnson and Wales University
Natural features
  • Lindsley Park
  • Mayfair Park
  • Montclair Park
  • Westerly Creek
Key corridors
  • 23rd Avenue
  • Montview Boulevard
  • 17th Avenue
  • Colfax Avenue
  • 13th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue
  • Colorado Boulevard
  • Monaco Parkway
  • Quebec Street
  • Yosemite Street

Steering Committee Meeting #1
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 26
East Montclair Community Center, 6740 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #2
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 23
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #3
6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 28
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #4
6-8 p.m., Thursday, October 26
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Summary (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #5
6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 16
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Steering Committee Meeting #6
6-8 p.m., Monday, December 11
Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden Street
Presentation (PDF)


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Elizabeth Weigle
Senior City Planner