Since the launch of the West Area planning process, community partners in Barnum, Barnum West, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, and West Colfax have shared their ideas to create a long-term vision for the future of these neighborhoods. You told us what you love, what concerns you and what you want to see in the West Area in the future. We took this input and separated it into four general topic areas:
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If you or your organization have questions about the virtual open house or the West Area planning process, reach out to us to start a dialogue. We can talk by phone, online or provide a virtual meeting platform your meeting. Interpretation services can be accommodated for Arabic, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.
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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 record 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
The health and welfare of our community is extremely important to us. Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by doing business and engaging with us online.
Although timelines will be affected, CPD staff is continuing to work on planning, permitting and inspections as responsible social distancing allows. We will stay in contact with applicants and project partners on next steps and are reviewing virtual options for meetings and public engagement that may be carried out under our current circumstances.
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
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
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.