2012 Mayor's Housing Task Force

To assist with the development of a new housing strategy for the City and County of Denver, the Office of Economic Development has convened the 2012 Mayor’s Housing Task Force. The group is meeting bi-weekly from February through June, and will present recommendations to the Mayor to guide the establishment of a new comprehensive housing policy for the City.

The task force will analyze housing inventory and housing needs, and then review current policies in order to develop recommendations addressing affordable and market rate housing.

Working through the Office of Economic Development, the task force will develop recommendations that are:

  • Comprehensive — the new housing policy shall integrate and support the City’s JumpStart 2012 plan, subsequent Economic Development strategies, the Consolidated Plan, as well as other related citywide strategies, including Blueprint Denver, Greenprint Denver, the Strategic Transportation Plan and DevelopDENVER.
  • Responsive to Needs — the new housing policy shall utilize updated demographics from the 2010 U.S. Census, current market trend analysis to identify the City’s overall housing needs, and an evaluation of the capacity for the City’s existing housing stock, available land and land use policies to meet current and future housing need.
  • Implementable — the new housing policy shall reflect the Mayor’s housing priorities through the identification of objectives and strategies that are achievable given current political and economic environments and shall be readily adaptable to changing market dynamics.


Co-chairs of the task force are OED Deputy Director John Lucero and the Mayor’s Chief Projects Officer, Diane Barrett. Task force members are:

Dave Browning, Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Ismael Guerrero, Denver Housing Authority

Tracy Huggins, Denver Urban Renewal Authority

Robin Kniech, Denver City Council Member At-Large

Shelley Marquez, Wells Fargo

Gete Mekonnen, Northeast Denver Housing

Gene Myers, New Town Builders

Deborah Ortega, Denver City Council Member At-Large

Chuck Perry, Urban Land Institute of Colorado

Brian Phetteplace, Downtown Denver Partnership

Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners

Josh Russell, Archdiocesan Housing

Christina Tubb, Regional Transportation District

Cris White, Colorado Housing and Finance Administration

Bill Windsor, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

David Zucker, Zocalo Development


Meeting Schedule
All task force meetings are open to the public with time allowed for public comment. Meetings will be held from 3–5 p.m. at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., on the following dates:

February 2
Background: Introduction and Task Force process

February 16
Background: Review of Policy/Goals/Objectives and Housing Priorities

March 1
Financial Resources

March 15
Rental: Preservation and Development

March 29
For Sale: Foreclosures, Neighborhood Stabilization and Development

April 5
Summary of research by topic
Determine policy recommendations to date

April 12
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO)

April 26
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO)


May 10
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO)

May 24
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO); Denver's Road Home

June 7
Special Needs: Seniors, SPMI, Youth, HIV/AIDS, Veterans, Disabled, Formerly Incarcerated

June 21
Draft Preliminary recommendations report

Meeting Materials

Click here to view documents presented at the task force meetings.