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Golden Triangle Zoning and Design

Latest News: Join us for the next community workshop!

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The second community open house for the Golden Triangle zoning and design project will take place Wednesday, September 25. Mark your calendar and come contribute your ideas for future zoning and design guidelines updates for the neighborhood.

Community Open House #2
5-7 p.m., September 25, 2019
Denver Community Credit Union
1041 Acoma Street, 3rd Floor

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.


Kickoff Survey Results

To launch the Golden Triangle Zoning and Design project, we asked about new and existint buildings, street character, and neighborhood needs in the Golden Triangle. Below are what we heard from attendees at the first neighborhood workshop and respodents to our online survey.  

Question: "I feel like the neighborhood currently has . . ."
Rate from disagree to agree

Respondents: 131

Responses, shown in average value from 1 (disagree) to 5 (agree):

  • Comfortably sized buildings: 3.4 
  • Active and engaging businesses: 3.4
  • High-quality design/architecture: 3.1
  • Places where community can gather: 3
  • Pleasant streets and sidewalks: 2.7
  • Range of housing options for everyone: 2.1

 

 

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Question: "I wish the neighborhood had more . . . "
Agree or disagree 

Respondents: 131

Responses, in percentage of respondents agreeing

  • Places to shop, eat and drink: 84 percent
  • Places to sit and gather: 78 percent
  • Places to live: 47 percent
  • Places to work: 39 percent
  • Places to park a car: 30 percent

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Question: "If new tall buildings are built in the neighborhood, they should . . . "
Agree or disagree

Respondents: 131

Responses, in percentage of respondents agreeing

  • Provide benefits (e.g., housing, open space): 60 percent
  • Preserve an existing smaller building: 39 percent
  • I love tall buildings, no special requirements: 39 percent
  • Get smaller as they get taller: 26 percent
  • I don't really like tall buildings: 23 percent
  • Only be located in specific areas: 21 percent

 

 

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Question: Consider how new buildings should be used in the Golden Triangle. Which of these goals is most important to you?
Rate from Not Important to Very Important

Respondents: 131

Responses, shown in average value from 1 (Not Important) to 5 (Very Important):

  • Variety of uses (e.g. housing, offices, retail): 4
  • Varied housing options (for families, seniors, professionals): 3.7
  • Require less parking (lots of transit nearby): 3.2
  • Design some streets around a theme/activity (e.g. arts walk): 3.1

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Question: Consider future buildings that might be built in the Golden Triangle. Which of these goals are most important to you?
Rate from Not Important to Very Important

Respondents: 131

Responses, shown in average value from 1 (Not Important) to 5 (Very Important):

  • Encourage a range of building shapes and sizes: 3.7
  • Try to protect/reuse buildings instead of building new: 3.4
  • Ensure new buildings respect surrounding scale: 3.3
  • Continue to allow taller buildings: 3.2

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Question: Consider how streets should look and feel in the Golden Triangle. Which of these goals are most important to you?
Rate from Not Important to Very Important

Respondents: 101

Responses, shown in average value from 1 (Not Important) to 5 (Very Important):

  • Make sidewalks active and engaging: 4.8
  • Encourage small-scale public plazas and gathering spaces: 4
  • Make parking lots and parking structures less noticeable: 3.8
  • Ensure buildings feel comfortably sized next to pedestrians: 3.1

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Read Existing Conditions and Project Framework Interim Report

The Existing Conditions and Project Framework Interim Report documents the relevant policies, neighborhood guidance, and development trends that will provide a foundation for future decision-making in the rezoning and design guidelines project. It describes the existing neighborhood conditions and regulations under which development is currently constructed in the Golden Triangle and outlines the public process to clearly define the problem statement for proposed revisions.


About the project

Community Planning and Development is working with area residents, business owners and neighborhood representatives to create new zoning and design standards for Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. CPD will be evaluating all relevant zoning aspects including building form, height, uses, and street-level design characteristics to implement the recommendations of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan.

The project will include updated design standards and guidelines to address more qualitative design aspects recommended by the plan, along with design review by the recently enabled Downtown Design Advisory Board.

The Golden Triangle (the Civic Center statistical area) is located on the southern end of downtown Denver, where it is home to the Civic Center Park, Denver Art Museum, the Denver Public Library’s Central Branch and several historic landmarks. The Golden Triangle offers a unique, culturally-rich mix of uses, history and character.


Advisory Committee

An advisory committee of 16 individuals representing a range of community interests will assist CPD in evaluating alternative zoning and design strategies. Additional community input will be incorporated through a series of open houses and other opportunities for comment.

Committee meetings will be open to the public. Meeting information will be posted here and materials will be posted in the archive at the bottom of this page after the fact. 

Next meeting
3-5 p.m., September 12
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F6
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

Name Affiliation
Kristy Bassuener Denver Art Museum
Chris Carvell Architect
Pete Dikeou Property owner
Charlie Hunt Resident
Scott Johnson

Lennar Multifamily Communities

Rhonda Knop Property owner
Anne Lindsey Property owner
Laura Liska Resident
Chris Hinds City Council Member, District 10
Chris Parezo Landscape architect/urban designer
Adam Perkins Downtown Denver Partnership
Cherry Rohe Artist, resident
Jeff Samet Commercial real estate, resident
Brent Snyder Property owner
Susan Stanton Denver Planning Board
Byron Zick Architect, property owner

Advisory Committee Meeting #1
3-5 p.m., Thursday, May 16
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.I4
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Community Workshop #1 
5-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12
Denver Community Credit Union, 3rd floor

Advisory Committee Meeting #2
3-5 p.m., Thursday, July 18
Webb Municipal Building, Room 4.F.6
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver 

 

Contact Us

Kristofer Johnson
Principal City Planner - Urban Design 
Kristofer.Johnson@denvergov.org

Abe Barge
Principal City Planner
abe.barge@denvergov.org

The Golden Triangle is bound by Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street.