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National Western Center Zoning and Design Standards & Guidelines


Latest News: Final Design Standards and Guidelines Approved  

The final piece of the regulatory tools adopted by the city of Denver to implement the National Western Center Master Plan, the NWC's Design Standards and Guidelines have been officially approved and finalized.

The design standards and guidelines will work in tandem with the adopted zoning amendments. City staff will use the guidelines to ensure projects on the campus meet a level of design quality consistent with the vision established in the master plan. Final administrative approval of the design standards and guidelines followed a public hearing held December 11, 2019. 

National Western Center Zoning Strategy Report

The strategy for zoning amendments for the National Western Center was intended to facilitate stakeholder feedback before draft text and map amendments were prepared. 

About the project

Community Planning and Development is proposing zoning changes and design standards and guidelines by which projects in the National Western Center will be reviewed and permitted. The new regulations will be based on the National Western Center Master Plan (PDF), the Elyria and Swansea Neighborhoods Plan (PDF) and other adopted policies.

The zoning and design standards and guidelines are intended to bring to fruition the community vision reflected in the adopted plans for the National Western Center campus. The text amendments to the Denver Zoning Code are expected to go through the legislative process, which culminates in a City Council public hearing, in the summer of 2019.  The design standards and guidelines will be approved by the Denver Planning Board. 

See the National Western Center Citizen Advisory Committee webpage for meeting materials and records. 

Planning Board Public Hearing
3 p.m., July 2, 2019
Planning Board redline draft (PDF)
Staff report (PDF)

Land Use, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Meeting
10:30 a.m., July 25, 2019
LUTI redline draft (PDF)
Staff report (PDF)


Contact Us

Brad Johnson
Senior City Planner

Eric Anderson 
Design Standards and Guidelines
Design Manager - National Western Center

National Western Center

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The National Western Center's Citizen Advisory Committee will get regular updates on the zoning and design standards and guidelines. The group meets on the last Thursday on every month. Visit the committee's page complete meeting information and materials.