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The Downtown Design Advisory Board was established in 2019 by an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code that created zone districts for the Central Platte Valley - Auraria District.

The seven-member board has design review oversight of proposed projects in the Central Platte Valley-Auraria and Arapahoe Square areas of downtown Denver and serves as the next step towards a more consistent and comprehensive design review system for all of downtown. 


Meeting Information

  • Time and date: 10:30 a.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, as needed 
  • LocationIn light of the city’s current stay-at-home order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the April 14th meeting will be held virtually via MS Teams Live
  • Accessibility: If you need a sign language interpreter or CART Services, contact SignLanguageServices@denvergov.org at least three business days ahead of the meeting you'd like to attend. For other public accommodation requests/concerns related to a disability, please contact DisabilityAccess@denvergov.org.
Impact of COVID-19 response on Downtown Design Advisory Board

The health and welfare of our community is extremely important to us. Mayor Michael B. Hancock has required that all gatherings of more than 10 people be canceled or postponed until after at least May 11, 2020.

With that in mind, the Downtown Design Advisory Board will be holding meetings in the near future using an online platform accessible to the public. Information on each meeting will be posted one week before the meeting date. If you have questions about how this may directly impact your project, please contact DowntownDesignAdvisoryBoard@denvergov.org

Agenda - October 27, 2020

Complete Agenda (PDF) - submittal documents are posted 7 days prior to the meeting

Please submit comments for board review prior to the meeting via DowntownDesignAdvisoryBoard@denvergov.org


Membership

Board members are Denver residents appointed by the mayor for three-year terms on a volunteer basis. The board consists of:

  • four design professionals, one of whom must be a landscape architect
  • one development industry representative
  • one  downtown-area resident 
  • one downtown-area property owner
Name Role Term expiration
Dan Craine - Board Vice-Chair   Design professional 5/1/2022
Kim Kliewer Downton resident 5/1/2020
Sarah Komppa - Board Chair Design professional 5/1/2022
Ryan Meeks  Design professional 5/1/2020
Melissa Rummel  Development industry representative  5/1/2021
Matt Shawaker  Design professional (landscape architect)  5/1/2022
Anthony Spikes Downtown property owner  5/1/2021
 

Contact the Board

Jason Whitlock
Principal City Planner
jason.whitlock@denvergov.org


Areas of Oversight

The Downtown Design Advisory Board reviews proposed projects in Arapahoe Square and CPV-Auraria. Board review may also include the Golden Triangle neighborhood after completion of the Golden Triangle Zoning and Design project and may extend to other areas of downtown in the future.

Map of Downtown Design Advisory Board's jurisdiction 


Governing Documents

  • Bylaws (to be posted soon)

Design Standards and Guidelines

Arapahoe Square Submittal Checklists


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

 

 

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