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MY LEGISLATIVE WORK

 

To learn about Councilwoman Black's priorities for Council District 4 (southeast Denver), visit the Visioning & Planning page. 
View the committees on which Councilwoman Black serves here.

2018 citywide legislative priorities include:

  • To encourage pedestrian-friendly and people-oriented land use around light rail stations, working on a zoning code amendment to prohibit storage facilities and drive-thru businesses around light rail stations. Read more here.
  • Working with Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and Elections Director Amber McReynolds on election reform that includes re-evaluating the current requirements for citizen-initiated ballot measures and election dates.
  • Exploring licensing and/or regulation of small residential group homes to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents, as well as neighbors.
    • Convened a work group with representatives from City Attorney’s office, Zoning, Mayor’s office, Denver Human Services, Excise & Licenses, Council legislative analysts and the District Attorney’s office.
      • Currently, we are working with Community Planning & Development on developing a user-friendly website for group home information and clarifying language on the permit.
    • Met with Colorado State Department of Public Health & Environment, Health Facilities & Emergency Medical Services Division to discuss inconsistencies between state and local regulations.
    • Met with Colorado State Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health to clarify regulations (or lack thereof) around sober homes.
    • Met with Congresswoman Diana Degette to discuss sober home regulations at federal level and task force.
    • Planning to meet with state representatives to explore mandatory certification of sober homes.
    • Developed a FAQ for Group Homes found here.  
  • Exploring the creation of a parks foundation to fund park land acquisition.
  • Exploring new funding sources for affordable housing, including the possibility of dedicating a portion of marijuana tax revenues as a permanent source.
  • Exploring strategies for increasing recycling in Denver, including encouraging commercial and multi-family occupants to participate.

Past legislative priorities:

  • Extension of marijuana dispensary hours from 7 PM to 10 PM - passed by Council 
  • Bill to ban the practice of cat declawing (onychectomy) by veterinarians operating in the City and County of Denver - passed by Council
  • Researching possibilities for group home licensing/regulation - continuing in 2018
  • 2017 GO Bond project advocacy. Southeast Denver projects included in the bond:
    - High Line Canal tunnel @ Yale & Holly
    - Improvements along Yale Ave (from I-25 to Quebec)
    - Yale Station pedestrian safety improvements
    - Hampden Corridor multi-modal improvements
    - Buchtel & Colorado Blvd. bike/ped improvements
    - Ross-University Hills library renovation
    - Eisenhower Rec Center upgrades
    - New playground @ Rosamond Park
    - New playground @ Bible Park
    - Hampden Heights trail resurfacing
    - Bike lanes on S. Birch & E. Princeton
    - Improvements for fire stations 13 & 22
    - Citywide projects allocated for District 4 include: bike lane infrastructure, irrigation renovation projects, sidewalk construction, arterial/collector road repaving, curb & gutter replacements, bridge rehabilitation, and deferred maintenance for city-owned facilities/properties

Proclamations & resolutions I sponsored in 2017:

- Recognizing the Importance of DACA and Dreamers to Denver, Colorado, and the United States - Sept. 11, 2017
- Celebrating the Denver League of Women Voters' 85th Birthday - Sept. 11, 2017
- Recognizing and Celebrating Denver’s Sister City of Brest, France - Sept. 25, 2017
- Recognizing November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month - Nov. 6, 2017
Recognizing the Colorado Municipal League for its invaluable service to Denver and Municipalities of the State of Colorado - Nov. 6, 2017
- Recognizing November as National Diabetes Awareness Month - Nov. 13, 2017
- Supporting Reauthorization of the Colorado Lottery Division by the General Assembly in 2018 - Dec. 5, 2017

 

COUNCIL PRIORITIES

For more on Council legislation, view the Denver City Council webpage

Affordable Housing & Homelessness

100,000 more people live in Denver today than did a decade ago, and many more are anticipated over the next decade. Our city's population has spiked, and the housing stock simply cannot keep pace with community needs. While home prices have risen dramatically here, this boom also increasingly makes rentals and for-sale housing unaffordable for too many, including seniors and families. 

Learn more about affordable housing in Denver...
Learn more about City Council's Housing & Homelessness Working Group...

 

 

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Planning

Denver’s economic position is the strongest that it has ever been. The economy is booming and unemployment is low. It is a business-friendly place, attracting both Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. Housing is one of our biggest challenges. There is not enough of it, so rents and home prices are high. Colorado is 55,000 housing units short of meeting our housing demand. To meet the demand, there are new apartment buildings going up throughout Denver. 

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Transportation & Mobility

The City and County of Denver is committed to building and maintaining infrastructure to support the evolving needs of residents, businesses and visitors. However you choose to get around, we want to help you get there safely and on time. Projects to improve mobility for vehicles, transit, pedestrians, cyclists, and those with disabilities are a high priority for Denver’s Department of Public Works, working with city and regional partners to ensure our communities have access to everything Denver has to offer.

Learn more about Denver's transportation & mobility efforts...