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Downtown Design Advisory Board

The new Downtown Design Advisory Board was formally established by an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code that also created zone districts for the Central Platte Valley - Auraria  District.

The board, which will have design review oversight of proposed projects in both Central Platte Valley - Auraria and Arapahoe Square, represents an evolution of the original Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board and serves as the next step towards a more consistent and comprehensive design review system for all of downtown. 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) is searching for thoughtful design professionals and community members to serve on the Downtown Design Advisory Board and guide the design character of future projects in downtown. Members will play a critical role in ensuring new development meets elevated standards for architectural quality and engagement of the public realm in the heart of our city.

Design professionals, development industry representatives, and downtown-area residents and property owners are invited to apply for one of seven open positions on the newly established board. 

Member Qualifications

Design Advisory Board members are expected to possess knowledge of fundamental urban design principles and be able to apply them to conceptual situations. The review of future projects will require a firm understanding of Arapahoe Square and forthcoming, CPV-Auraria Design Standards and Guidelines as well as familiarity with the Denver Zoning Code. Members should be comfortable reviewing projects from different design and community perspectives that relate to the downtown context and address the functionality and vibrancy required for a successful urban environment.

Deadline

Applications must include a statement of interest in and qualifications for serving on the Downtown Design Advisory Board. Attachment of a professional resume is encouraged. CPD expects to conduct interviews and announce the Board membership in February and March. Applications are due February 1, 2019, and board terms begin April 1, 2019.

To apply, visit DenverGov.org/boardsandcommissions.

If you have any questions, contact Senior City Planner Kristofer Johnson (Kristofer.johnson@denvergov.org).

Board Composition

The Downtown Design Advisory Board will have seven positions:

  • Four design professionals (including architects, urban designers, and landscape architects)
    • At least one of these positions must be filled by a landscape architect
  • One development/construction industry representative
  • One property owner in the downtown area
  • One resident or community representative of the downtown area 

All Design Advisory Board members must be residents of Denver.

Board Terms, Scope, and Meetings

Downtown Design Advisory Board members will serve a term of three years (note that some initial appointments may be for a shorter period) and review proposed projects as part of the development review process in Arapahoe Square (D-AS-12+/20+) and CPV-Auraria (D-CPV-T/R/C) zone districts. Board recommendations will be forwarded to the Zoning Administrator for project approval, approval with conditions, or denial. The board will be supported by CPD staff and is expected to meet once or twice a month at city offices in the Wellington Webb building or at another downtown location.

Archive for Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board

After more than a year of meetings and evaluation, City Council has adopted a new zoning and design review system for the Arapahoe Square neighborhood, located just north of the Downtown Core. The system promotes the vision of the 2011 Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan (PDF) for a densely populated, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. The new zoning and design review system became effective August 23, 2016.

Effective Date of the New Regulatory System

The new Arapahoe Square D-AS-12+ and D-AS-20+ zone districts (PDF), as well as the new Arapahoe Square Design Standards and Guidelines, became effective August 23, 2016.

Appointment of the Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board (DAB)

Mayor Michael Hancock has appointed Arapahoe Square's first Design Advisory Board (PDF), which is comprised of stakeholders from Arapahoe Square, the downtown area and the wider community. The board will review proposed projects in Arapahoe Square and provide recommendations to the Zoning Administrator.

  • Dan Crane, design professional, Crane Architecture
  • Dick Farley, design professional
  • Sarah Komppa, design professional, Tryba Architects
  • Keith Pryor, property owner
  • Elizabeta Stacishin-Moura, design professional/landscape architect, RNL (vice-chair)
  • Craig Supplee, resident, Enterprise Hill RNO (board chair)
  • David White, development/construction industry representative, Swinerton Builders

The board will meet at 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax. The first meeting will be scheduled in October. Notice of Board agendas will be sent to registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs) in the Arapahoe Square area two weeks before each meeting. Some meetings may be canceled.


Project Documents

Project Information

Community Planning and Development worked closely with the Arapahoe Square Zoning Technical Task Force to update the zoning and design standards and guidelines that apply to the neighborhood.

According to the Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan (PDF), key elements to address through the new zoning for Arapahoe Square include land use, building height and form, implementation of a five-story datum line, height transitions to adjacent neighborhoods, and re-evaluating design review process and requirements for new construction through the Arapahoe Square Design Standards and Guidelines. The adopted zoning text amendment includes two new form-based zone districts that provide the plan’s recommended height transition from the Downtown Core, with taller buildings possible from 20th to near 22nd and lower height limits closer to Park Avenue West. In both zone districts, height incentives promote buildings with limited visibility of structured parking. The tallest buildings will be slender “Point Towers” with reduced mass above the fifth floor. Zoning requirements also ensure upper story setbacks below the sixth floor on most streets in Arapahoe Square.

The project included:

  • A text amendment to the Denver Zoning Code in order to write updated zoning for the Arapahoe Square area
  • Legislative rezoning of the Arapahoe Square area to implement the plan vision
  • Amendments to the Arapahoe Square Design Standards & Guidelines
  • Implementation of a new Design Advisory Board for Arapahoe Square

Study area for project:

Background Documents

Technical Task Force

The Technical Task Force was composed of key stakeholders representing the Arapahoe Square neighborhood and its immediate surroundings. Members included residents, business owners, land owners, developers, and design professionals. 

Albus Brooks City Councilman, District 8
Brad Boyle Denver Urban Renewal Authority
John Desmond Downtown Denver Partnership
Dick Farley Richard Farley Urban Design
Patrick Guinness Ballpark RNO, Guinness Development
Amy Harmon Community Coordinating Dist. No. 1, Urban Market Partners
Jynx Messacar Merchants Office Furniture
Judy Montero City Councilwoman, District 9
Joel Noble Curtis Park Neighbors
Joe Lear Davis Partnership Architects
Judy Schneider Arapahoe Square Neighborhood Association
Chris Smith Denver Planning Board
Brent Snyder Century Real Estate Advisors
Craig Supplee Enterprise Hill Homeowners Association
Tracy Winchester Five Points Business District
Bill Windsor Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Howard Witkin
Landowner

Meeting Archive

City Council Public Hearing
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Monday, June 27, 2016
Staff report (PDF)
Staff representation (PDF)
 
City Council Neighborhoods & Planning Committee
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Staff report (PDF)
Staff representation (PDF)
 
Planning Board Public Hearing on the Proposed Arapahoe Square Design Standards & Guidelines
Parr-Widener Community Room (#389)
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Staff report (PDF)
Staff presentation (PDF)
 
Planning Board Public Hearing on the Proposed Arapahoe Square Zoning Text and Map Amendments
Parr-Widener Community Room (#389)
City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Staff report (PDF)
Staff presentation (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #10
Thursday, March 31, 3- 5:30 p.m.
 Stout Street Health Center, Education Room
2130 Stout Street
Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Packet (PDF)
Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
 

Office Hours
Webb Municipal Building
201 West Colfax Ave.
Room 4J2 (southeast side of 4th floor).
8 – 11 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2016
3 - 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave. West
Grant Thornton conference room
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016

 
Arapahoe Square Zoning and Design Standards & Guidelines Open House 
Wednesday, March 9, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Stout Street Health Center, Education Room, 2130 Stout Street, Denver CO 80205
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Boards (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #9
3 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, large conference room
Meeting Packet (PDF)
Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #8
3–6 p.m., Wednesday, December 9
Stout Street Health Center, Education Room, 2130 Stout Street, Denver CO 80205
Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Packet (PDF)
Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #7
3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 22
Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street, Denver CO 80205
Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
Meeting Packet (PDF)
Meeting Presentation (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #6
3 - 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 26
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205
Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting 6 Packet (PDF)
Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
 

Phase 2 -- Meeting #5
3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, July 16 
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205
Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Meeting 5 Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)

 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #4
3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, June 11 
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205
Agenda (PDF)
Meeting 4 Packet (PDF)
Meeting 4 Presentation (PDF)
Meeting Summary (PDF)
 
Phase 2 -- Meeting #3
3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30 
Stout Street Health Center, 2130 Stout Street
Education Room
Meeting 3 Agenda (PDF)
Meeting 3 Presentation (PDF)
Meeting 3 Summary (PDF)
 

Phase 2 -- Meeting #2
3 - 6 p.m., Thursday, March 19 
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205
Conference Room 1
Meeting 2 Agenda (PDF)
Information Packet (PDF) 
Meeting 2 Presentation (PDF)
Meeting 2 Summary (PDF)

 

Phase 2 -- Meeting #1
Tuesday, February 3
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver CO 80205
Meeting packet (PDF)
Staff presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)

 
Phase 1 -- Meeting #2
Tuesday, January 6
3 - 6 p.m.
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West, conference room 1
Meeting agenda (PDF)
Staff presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)
 

Phase 1 -- Meeting #1
Tuesday, November 18
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Five Points Business District Office: 2444 Washington Street, basement conference room
Meeting agenda (PDF)
Staff presentation (PDF)
Meeting summary (PDF)

 

 

Arapahoe Square Zoning and Design Standards & Guidelines Open House
Wednesday, March 9, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Stout Street Health Center, Education Room, 2130 Stout Street, Denver CO 80205


For information on the Arapahoe Square Zoning and Design Standards & Guidelines Project, contact:

Abe Barge, senior city planner
abe.barge@denvergov.org

If you use assistive technology and would like to access the PDF documents on this page, please contact planning@denvergov.org.

 

 

Areas of Oversight

The Downtown Design Advisory Board will review proposed projects in Arapahoe Square and CPV-Auraria beginning April 1, 2019, and the Golden Triangle neighborhood in the future.

Map of Downtown Design Advisory Board's jurisdiction