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Denver to update its 17-year-old comprehensive plan

Recently-completed and in-progress plans will inform this holistic, 20-year vision for Denver

As part of Denveright and other recent citywide planning efforts, the City and County of Denver will update its 17-year-old Comprehensive Plan 2000 with a new, user-friendly comprehensive plan for the city that will reflect the voice of Denver today, and chart its course for the next two decades.

Most cities have a comprehensive plan that serves as the community’s broad vision for its future. Comprehensive Plan 2000 has broadly guided Denver’s decisions about land use, mobility, parks, housing, economic growth, arts, culture and sustainability for the last 17 years. Denver has adopted a new comprehensive plan three times since 1977.

Other key citywide plans like Blueprint Denver (2002 land use and transportation plan) and the Game Plan for parks and recreation (2003) are adopted by Denver City Council as supplements to the Comprehensive Plan.

Thanks to the contributions of scores of volunteer task force members and thousands of Denver residents, the forthcoming Denveright land use, mobility, parks and recreation plans — and other relevant citywide plans already adopted — will contribute key goals to a concise, new and modern comprehensive plan, slated for release in 2018.

“We have heard from thousands and thousands of Denverites over the last few years,” said Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development. “With Comprehensive Plan 2000 as a foundation, we can bringing it all together in one concise, user-friendly document that will guide us into 2019 and beyond.”

Through outreach for Denveright, as the community described its vision and conveyed its values, it became clear that they were looking for a comprehensive vision that was more than any one Denveright plan can capture. Issues like affordability and equity, housing, neighborhood authenticity and climate change came up again and again in conversations about land use, mobility and parks.

A draft of the new comprehensive plan will be released in spring 2018 for public review and comment.