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Weigh in on land use, mobility, quality of life and economy

We used your feedback to create guiding principles for the plan. Did we get it right?

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:

  • land use - how property and buildings are used 
  • economy - jobs, housing, small businesses
  • mobility - getting around by car, bike, walking or rolling
  • quality of life - parks, trails, open space

Participate in our virtual open house using the button below to:

  1. Learn what we have heard from the community, 
  2. Review the guiding principles, goals and ideas that emerged from your input, and 
  3. Take our four surveys to guide next steps.

Have questions? Let us know!

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.

Email us for more information. 

Steering Committee

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. 

  • Jon Koneman, Barnum
  • Kaye Kavanagh, Barnum
  • Bree Davies, Barnum
  • RB Fast, Barnum West
  • Chala Mohr, Barnum West
  • Crystal Reed, Barnum West
  • Jeanne Granville, Sun Valley
  • Tamil Maldonado, Sun Valley
  • Lisa Saenz, Sun Valley
  • Maureen McCanna, Valverde
  • Dannie Dilonno, Valverde
  • Brien Darby, Valverde
  • Sean Brady, Villa Park
  • Jaime Aguilar, Villa Park
  • Korey Whitaker, Villa Park
  • Jessica Dominguez, West Colfax
  • Rabbi Tzvi Steinberg/Ephraim A. Bulow, West Colfax
  • Dan Shah, Small Business Retention and Development
  • Veronica Barela, Affordable Housing Development Expert
  • Adriana Peña, DPS Latinx Community Outreach Specialist

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

Impact of COVID-19 response on CPD

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. 

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Eugene Howard
Senior City Planner

Valerie Herrera (Habla español)
Associate City Planner

Sung won Han
Associate City Planner – Urban Design

Becca Dierschow
Associate City Planner – Landmark Preservation

Project Archive 

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 


About the West Planning Area

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. 

Commercial  12%
Former Chapter 59  7%
Industrial  14%
Residential  58%
Open space 9%


planning need score map for West Area

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. 


  • Area: 5.09 square miles
  • 2018 Population: 41,007
  • Housing units: 12,560
Regional destinations
  • Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Natural features
  • Lakewood Gulch
  • Dry Gulch
  • Weir Gulch Park
  • Martinez Park
  • South Platte River
  • Barnum Water Park
Key corridors
  • Sheridan Blvd.
  • Federal Blvd.
  • Colfax Ave.
  • 10th Ave.
  • 6th Ave.
  • 1st Ave.
  • Alameda Ave.


  • North: W. 17th Ave., Meade Street, W. 19th Ave. and Mile High Stadium Circle 
  • East: South Platte River
  • South: West Alameda Avenue
  • West: Sheridan Boulevard