Capital funding is necessary for the ongoing maintenance and repair of the city's capital assets. A capital improvement project is any improvement to, construction or acquisition of buildings, streets, bridges, bike lanes, plazas, parks and playgrounds, public art, or other real property of a permanent nature. The city's Capital Improvement Program manages the city's annual budget process for citywide capital maintenance and development needs, develops the annual Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan and provides analysis for decision making and strategic capital planning efforts.
The Six-year CIP identifies the role of the citywide Capital Improvement Program and documents a prioritized list of capital project needs. The existing Six-year Plan for years 2015-2020 served as a foundation for the Elevate Denver Bond.
The Capital Planning and Programming Division (CPP) initiated an update to the Six-year CIP in Spring of 2019. Six-Year Plan outreach was held during March 2019 with digital engagement, online and in-person surveys, and five town halls citywide. All the public outreach materials are available online.
Almost 1,000 people participated through the digital survey and town halls. The public feedback confirmed the importance of many of the unfunded projects on the current Six-Year CIP list, as well as new projects that had emerged through recent neighborhood and citywide planning processes. The list of projects was reviewed by the Mayor, Departments and City Council and prioritized with the goals identified in the Comprehensive Plan 2040.
Download PDF files of 2020-2025 CIP project lists:
The result is almost $4 billion in need for major rehabilitation or new capital infrastructure projects.
While this amount exceeds the capital funding available within the three, six, and twelve year time horizons, the lists demonstrate citywide priorities for maintenance and construction of public buildings, transportation systems, parks and recreation facilities, waterways, public art, and sustainability efforts.
The Department of Finance is currently completing the final 2020-2025 Six-Year CIP document, anticipated to be complete late Spring 2020.