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Denver Community Planning and Development is partnering with the Office of Housing Stability (HOST) to find ways to encourage construction of affordable and mixed-income housing, particularly in transit-rich areas. City planners will work with community members and an advisory committee composed of residents, affordable housing advocates, City Council members, local housing builders, and others to create a citywide incentive program through updates to the Denver Zoning Code (DZC) and Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC).

The project is part of CPD's efforts to fulfill the Comprehensive Plan 2040's vision for an equitable, connected and healthy city and to put into place Blueprint Denver recommendations addressing the community's strong desire for more affordable housing options. 


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Advisory Committee

Throughout the project, city planners will work with an advisory committee representing a multitude of perspectives and constituencies to develop recommended changes to the Denver Zoning Code and the Denver Revised Municipal Code. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting information will be posted here ahead of time, and materials and summaries will be shared after the fact.

Next meetings:

Advisory Committee Meeting 3 - Equity Focus
8-9:30 a.m., June 18, virtual meeting

Advisory Committee Meeting 4 - Market Assumptions Focus
4-5:30 p.m., June 18, virtual meeting

Name

Role/affiliation

Company/Organization

Jessie Adkins

Multi-family or mixed-use architect

Shears Adkins Rockmore

Paul Books

For-profit housing developer

Palisade Partners

Caroline Carolan

Community 

Denver East Neighborhoods First

Erin Clark

Planning Board 

Planning Board Member, ULC

Jessica Dominguez

Community

West Colfax RNO

Rhys Duggan

Commercial developer

Revesco Properties

Dorit Fisher

Commercial real estate 

Shames-Makovsky

Tracy Huggins

Denver Urban Renewal Authority

Director

Robin Kniech

City Council 

At-Large

David Jaudes

For-profit housing developer

McWhinney

Shelly Marquez

Housing finance

Wells Fargo

Gete Mekonnen

Non-profit affordable housing developer

Northeast Denver Housing Center

Nola Miguel

Community 

Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Coalition Organizing for Health and Housing Justice

Susan Powers

For-profit affordable housing developer

Urban Ventures

Jennie Rogers

Housing finance

Enterprise Community Partners

Amanda Sandoval

City Council 

District 1

Ean Tafoya

Community 

Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Colorado Latino Coalition

Molly Urbina

Policy and planning

Urbina Strategies

Sherri Way

Community 

West Wash Park Neighborhood Association

Advisory Committee Meeting 1
3-6 p.m., Tuesday, February 25
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.G.2. 
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver 
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)

Advisory Committee Meeting 2
3-6 p.m., Tuesday, March 24
Virtual meeting via Zoom
Agenda (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)
Summary (PDF)


Project Timeline

Community outreach will be part of every phase of the project.

Phase 1: Review of best practices and existing programs in Denver and other cities.

Phase 2: Evaluation of potential approaches

Phase 3: Selection of final approach and release of strategy report

Phase 4: Drafting of changes to the zoning and municipal codes

Phase 5: Review by Planning Board and City Council



 
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.