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Planning Content Overview

NPI's approach will standardize plan content by identifying topics that all plans must address (“always topics”), while allowing flexibility for individual plans to identify additional topics that may also be important to address in that particular area (“focus topics”).  Additionally, each plan will feature “focus areas,” at varying scales, to allow for detailed planning and recommendations customized to specific areas.  Standardizing plan content in this way will make the planning process more streamlined and predictable, while still allowing each plan to be customized to meet the unique needs of different areas.


Always Topics

Vision and Guiding Principles

The vision and guiding principles set the overall foundation for the plan.

Built Environment Topics

  • Urban Design, Building Heights, and Neighborhood Context
  • Transportation [ped, bike, transit, vehicle] and Streetscape
  • Utilities and Infrastructure [stormwater, green infrastructure, etc.]
  • Parks and Open Space

Policy & Regulation Topics

  • Zoning and other regulations
  • Land Use Policy
  • Historic Preservation Policy
  • Economic Development
  • Affordability and Displacement
  • Health and Sustainability


The implementation section will sort recommendations by type (funding and infrastructure, regulatory, and partnerships) and clearly identify implementing agencies, as applicable.  Wherever possible, this section will also identify metrics to help track progress toward implementing the recommendations. Specific updates to Blueprint Denver will also be identified.


Focus Areas


NPI Plans consists of groups of up to 6 Neighborhood Statistical Areas (NSAs).  Each neighborhood will receive its own section in the plan.  These sections will feature recommendations customized to each neighborhood, as needed.

Transformative Projects

As the planning process progresses, some ideas will be identified as having an especially catalytic or “game-changing” effect on achieving the future vision.  These Transformative Projects will receive their own section of the plan where they will be explored in detail.

Other Areas

Other areas of focus will vary from one plan to the next, but will include small areas that require special attention and plan guidance.  Station areas, major corridors, and embedded neighborhood commercial districts are examples of smaller areas that may require this additional level of detail and focus.


Each plan’s focus areas will be identified through a public process. Focus areas should meet the following criteria:

  1. Require special attention and a unique set of plan recommendations
  2. Present unique physical planning challenges
  3. Are of critical importance to the success of surrounding areas

Focus Topics

These topics will not be addressed by every plan, but may be important to address in a given area. All topics will be on the table for consideration, but only the most critical topics will be added to the scope as part of this process.  See the flow chart and steps 1-3 of the Planning Process (above) for more on the process for selecting Focus Topics.

Built Environment Topics

  • Parking
  • Brownfield Reuse and Remediation
  • Schools/Institutions
  • Beautification
  • Etc.

Policy & Regulation Topics

  • Social Issues
  • Safety and Crime
  • Arts and Culture
  • Food Systems
  • Special Districts
  • Code Enforcement
  • Etc.
Selecting Focus Topics