With school back in session, the West Area Plan is reaching out to schools and organizations who work with student under the age of 18, targeting those in 7th through 12th grade. Plans are long-term vision documents, which means that kids are and teenagers are those most likely to see the impact of a plan over the course of its 20-year cycle. We want young people to develop their own planning lens so they can contribute to their communities and be a voice that guides the future of West Denver's neighborhoods.
How to participate: If you are a student in 7th to 12th grade--or a teacher, coach, educator or organization that works with youth--take any of the following steps to get involved in the planning process.
The steering committee meets on the third Thursday of every month. In light of the current need for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, the steering committee will be meeting via an online platform. The meetings will be recorded and meeting materials will be posted on this page after the fact.
The steering committee is made up of individuals representing residents, local businesses, neighborhood groups, community-serving organizations and other constituencies in all six neighborhoods in the planning area. Its role is to help guide the planning process with the support of city staff and to engage their communities to participate in the plan.
Steering Committee Meeting #1
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Steering Committee Meeting #2
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Steering Committee Meeting #3
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Steering Committee Meeting #4
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Steering Committee Meeting #5
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #6
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #7
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #8
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #9
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #10
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #11
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Steering Committee Meeting #12
Thursday, August, 2020
Senior City Planner
Valerie Herrera (Habla español)
Associate City Planner
Sung won Han
Associate City Planner – Urban Design
Associate City Planner – Landmark Preservation
Below are listed all the community meetings, workshops, office hours and pop-up events hosted by the planning team.
West Area Plan Kickoff
Newlon Elementary School, 361 Vrain Street, Denver
Meeting #2 and Housing Resource Fair
Lake Middle School, 1820 Lowell Boulevard, Denver
Self-guided Online Open House
6/25/2020 - 8/21/2020
Community Virtual Office Hours
Listed below are (1) meetings hosted by West Area neighborhood groups and organizations, or other City of Denver departments or teams that West Area Plan team members attended, (2) community events at which the plan had a booth/table or was part of a larger booth or table representing the City of Denver, and (3) stakeholder conversations convened or hosted by West Area organizations.
9/11/2019 - Valverde Elementary Parent Teacher Leadership Team
11/12/2019 - Barnum RNO Meeting
11/12/2019 - Commander Advisory Board Meeting District 4 PD
11/13/2019 - Sloan's Lake Citizen Group Meeting
11/13/2019 - Community Meeting at Congregation Zera Avraham
11/22/2019 - Presentation to Seniors at Casa de Rosal
12/17/2019 - Westridge Community Meeting
1/25/2020 - Far East Center Chinese New Year Celebration
Information to be posted soon.
The West Planning Area is made up of these six neighborhoods: Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park and West Colfax. The area was selected to lead Phase II of the Neighborhood Planning Initiative because it has some of the oldest neighborhood plans and has experienced rapidly increasing housing costs. There are also several important city-led efforts underway in the area, including Elevate Denver pedestrian safety improvements for Federal Boulevard and West Colfax Avenue, ongoing construction of Paco Sanchez Park, the Stadium District Master Plan, Meow Wolf, and early phase construction on the Sun Valley Eco-District.
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To help inform the neighborhood planning process, the city developed data-based indicators of planning need at the neighborhood scale.
The map shows planning need for each of the West Area Plan neighborhoods according to five categories: livability, investment, policy and regulations, economy and community demographics. Based on data in these categories, West Colfax and Sun Valley show high planning need, Villa Park and Valverde show medium-high planning need, and Barnum and Barnum West show medium-low planning need.