STREET SWEEPING

Just passing along a friendly reminder that residential street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 2 and runs through November. In the past, Denver’s street sweepers have removed phosphorous, copper, lead, zinc, chloride and mercury off our streets, which is why it’s so important for residents to move their vehicle on street sweeping day. It helps keep all that crud out of Denver’s waterways!

When residents move their vehicles, crews can sweep all the way to the curb line and provide the best service possible. Residents are urged to follow the red and white signs posted on the block for street sweeping parking restrictions to avoid getting a $50 ticket. Even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, it’s still important to not park during the restricted times posted, as the sweeper may need to return to the area to make another pass.

For those who need help remembering street sweeping day, there are some tools out there! Denver residents can sign-up for text and email reminders online at www.pocketgov.com. For those who aren’t tech savvy, they can call 311 to request “no parking” calendar stickers.

For more information on Denver’s street sweeping program, please visit www.denvergov.org/streetsweeping.

Sincerely,

DPW Public Information Office

MEDIA ADVISORY: Denver Strengthens Permitting Procedures to Increase Safety and Access around Construction Zones

Denver Public Works is releasing updated procedures that aim to lessen construction impacts to people as they move about the city and to improve access to adjacent homes and businesses. The department worked in conjunction with City Council members Wayne New, Paul Kashmann, Albus Brooks, Jolon Clark and Raphael Espinoza, and community and business leaders to implement new requirements on contractors when closing the public right of way (vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, alleys, and sidewalks) for construction activities:

Traffic Management Plan for All Modes
A contractor’s traffic control plan will be required to show how all modes will be provided safe and convenient access around a project site, including pedestrians, people on bikes and scooters, transit riders, and drivers. Specifically, the traffic control plan will be required to have a strong focus on pedestrian safety. The plan must be included in a contractor’s street occupancy permit application.
Denver Public Works will also require additional barricades, signs and provisions for pedestrians in the traffic control plan.

Pedestrian Canopies
Pedestrian canopies will be required, with limited exceptions, on new projects where vertical construction is occurring directly adjacent to a pedestrian pathway (ex: multi-story building).
Existing large projects will be reviewed to determine if any mobility improvements can be made.

Construction Worker Parking Plan
Large projects (greater than $100,000 and lasting longer than a week) will be required to submit a parking plan for their workers and subcontractors’ workers who will access the construction site.
The parking plan must aim to minimize impacts to surrounding businesses and residences.
Workers will be allowed to use the front of the project site for parking, but otherwise must utilize off-site parking that the contractor will be required to provide.

Additionally, beginning April 1, Denver Public Works will require the posting of information signs for all private projects in the public right of way lasting longer than seven days. The signs will list the contractor, their contact information along with details of the permit including permit number, location, duration, and description of the project. Denver Public Works will work to standardize the placement of similar information signage as part of existing building permit requirements so this contact and description information is accessible to the public.

Cherry Creek Election Forum

I hope you can join Cherry Creek Business Alliance for our rescheduled Cherry Creek Election Forum.  Please share this invitation with your neighborhood organizations.  All are welcome! We’ll have a panel discussion with the 3 candidates running to represent Council District 10 and a presentation from the No on 300 campaign.  We’ll also have No on 300 Yard Signs available at the event.

Thank you for your help spreading the word!  I hope to see you on April 4th!  – Bethany

May 2019 Municipal Elections

Get Ready for the May Municipal Elections!
7 Candidate and Ballot Issue Forums

Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Historic Denver, and Denver 8 TV, will once again hold candidate and ballot issue forums for the upcoming May 7 election. The forums will be held in the community and also taped for later viewing on Denver 8 TV or streamed through the Denver Decides website.

Election Day Tuesday, May 7
Ballots will be mailed on April 15

Tuesday, March 19 District 1 (Northwest), Auditor
6:00 p.m. Scheitler Rec Center, 5031 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Wednesday, March 20 Districts 2 (Southwest) and 7 (Southwest-central); Ballot Issues
6:00 p.m. SWIC, 1000 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (Sandos Hall)

Wednesday, March 27 Districts 4 (Southeast), 5 (East-central), 6 (Southeast)
6:00 p.m. Cook Park Rec Center, 7100 Cherry Creek S Dr., Denver, CO 80224

Thursday, March 28* District 9 (Northcentral Denver), Clerk and Recorder
6:00 p.m. Johnson Rec Center, 4809 Race St, Denver, CO 80216

Tuesday, April 2** District 10 (Central) and At-Large (city-wide)
6:00 p.m. Denver Art Museum (Sharp Auditorium)

Thursday, April 4 Districts 8 (Northeast) and 11 (Montbello/Green Valley Ranch)
6:00 p.m. Montbello Rec Center, 15555 E 53rd Ave, Denver, CO 80239

Saturday, April 13*** Mayoral Candidates, District 3 (West-central)
9:30 a.m. SWIC, 1000 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (Sandos Hall)

*Please plan extra travel time due to heavy construction in the surrounding area.

**Street Parking or in Cultural Center Garage – access 12th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock. Enter building and proceed to Lower Level via stairs or elevator to Sharp Auditorium

***This event coincides with Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation’s monthly meeting.

RESCHEDULED Public Hearing for Game Plan for a Healthy City @ Parks & Recreation Advisory Board NOW APRIL 10

The Public Hearing for “Game Plan for a Healthy City” (originally scheduled for 3/13/19) has been rescheduled to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at the regular Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) meeting.

The PRAB meeting on April 10, 2019, begins at 5:30pm. It is held at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building, located at 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6.

A copy of the “Game Plan for a Healthy City” is accessible through the City of Denver’s Denveright website. Review the plan directly via this link. The 3-Year Action Plan is also now available for review online. Please email parksandrecreation@denvergov.org with questions.

Initiative 300 – “Right To Survive”

Last night, our board discussed Initiative 300, which is on the ballot for our election this May. The executive committee unanimously voted to take a ‘NO’ stance on this controversial initiative.
Please consider voting this May, and consider your neighborhood representatives’ position.
To read more, visit BALLOTPEDIA.

Neighborhoods Work Better When They Work Together Upcoming Meeting March 9 2019

Location: Brookdale University Park, 2020 S. Monroe
AGENDA:
8:30-9:00AM: Meet and Greet
9:00AM: Call to Order
9:00-9:10AM: Election of Vice-President, Treasurer, and two at-Large positions.
9:10-9:30AM: Approval of February Minutes and Committee reports
9:30-9:40AM: City Ordinance regarding camping, presented by Marley Bordovski, Director Prosecution and Code Enforcement, Denver City Attorney’s Office
9:40-10:00AM: Initiative 300, Right to Survive, Speaker to be announced
10:00-10:20AM:  Togetherdenver, Speaker to be announced
10:20AM: Around the City
11:00AM: AdjournPlease don’t forget to renew your dues.

“RNO dues not paid by February 28 of each year, shall mean the RNO delegate(s) shall not be eligible to vote or run for office in the annual election” 
INC By-laws Dues can be paid electronically via Pay Pal. It is not necessary to have a Pay Pal account. Please go to for further information. https://www.denverinc.org/membership/  Open to ALL Denver residents.
For INC events and INC committee meetings, please visit http://www.denverinc.org/calendar-2/


Our other committees that are meeting soon

INC Transportation March 14 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM 1201 Williams St. 19th Floor Party room
Sign up for email notifications HERE

INC PARC March 19 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM 2020 S. Monroe Arts and Crafts rm
Sign up for email notifications HERE


 

Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver

by Tricia Schmid

Almost twenty years ago, the city of Denver adopted Denver Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver. These plans outlined a 20 year vision for integrated land use and transportation. Well, 2020 is right around the corner and it is time for a new plan:  Comprehensive Plan 2040.

Comprehensive Denver 2040 is the culmination of a two-year outreach and planning effort (called Denveright). The plan outlines six main tenets in building the Denver of tomorrow:  a more inclusive city; authentic neighborhoods; safe, reliable and well connected transportation; a diverse and vibrant economy; an environmentally resilient city; and a healthy and active city. The vision outlined in Comprehensive Denver 2040 is further specified in four supplemental plans – Blueprint Denver; Game Plan for a Healthy City; Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails.

Blueprint Denver outlines a framework for the city’s policies regarding growth, land use and transportation. It “guides were new jobs and homes should go, how our transportation system will improve, how to strengthen our neighborhoods and were and how we invest in our communities with new infrastructure and amenities.” This plan does not specify actual codes or policies but rather it outlines an overall citywide plan by identifying future growth areas, neighborhood contexts and descriptions, and recommendations for transit, pedestrian and bike mobility and safety. The vision outlined in Blueprint Denver will be used as the basis for small area plans that will be developed as part of a Neighborhood Planning Initiative.

Game Plan for a Heathy City states that “parks and public spaces are vital elements of urban infrastructure”. The plan outlines recommendations for making parks and recreation centers accessible to all residents, ensuring a resilient and environmentally sustainable park system in response to climate change (including stormwater/water use and energy conservation recommendations), and operating and managing a park and recreation system with long-term fiscal viability.

Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails discuss moving people around the city via bus, rail, car, bicycle, and a person’s own two feet. The Transit plan is the city’s first ever transit plan and is in response to the fact that traffic has risen exponentially over the past few years with the rapid growth of Denver. The Transit plan outlines ways to improve the city’s infrastructure and transit system to more effectively move people around and through the city. The Pedestrians and Trails plan calls for improving sidewalks, street crossing and trails.

So, if you are like me, you might be asking yourself right about now, what does this mean for our neighborhood and its environs? Blueprint Denver has identified Cherry Creek North as a Regional/Urban Center. The city estimates that Regional Centers throughout Denver will account for 30% of new households and 50% of new jobs by 2040. As a Regional/Urban Center, the focus is on larger scale mixed use development with multi-unit residential; high levels of pedestrian and bicycle use and good access to high capacity transit with minimal reliance on cars. Open space should be integrated into streetscape with plazas in various locations. We have already begun to see the transformation of Cherry Creek North into a Regional/Urban Center.  Country Club is designated both as Urban and Urban Edge.  The one issue that may be problematic in the future is the designation of the University corridor between 1st and 4th Avenues (currently part of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvements District) as Urban Center which allows for multi-story buildings.  

Denver Moves: Transit identifies First Avenue/Speer Boulevard as a high capacity transit corridor (full Bus Rapid Transit and/or Rail). Full Bus Rapid Transit is a rubber tired transit mode similar to rail that has the flexibility to operate in a combination of transit lanes and mixed traffic. The plan recognizes that when establishing a high capacity transit corridor, trade-offs might need to be made. These trade-offs could include removal of a general purpose travel lane so that it might be dedicated “Transit Only”. The plan stipulates that when a trade-off needs to be made, transit reliability and access will be given priority. University Avenue is identified as a Medium-Capacity Transit Corridor (rapid bus to full BRT). Sixth Avenue is identified as a Speed and Reliability Corridor (enhanced bus). Plans for transit priority signals and dedicated transit lanes at key locations are included in this corridor. What this actually means for Speer Boulevard/First Avenue, University Avenue and Sixth Avenue remains to be seen, but the city has for some time been actively discussing the removal of the plant bed median along the section of First Avenue that runs through Cherry Creek North. The CCHN Board will remain vigilant!

Meanwhile, if you would like to read more, you may access the plans online at https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denveright.html. This is the second draft of plans for review (the first drafts were available for review last year). Feedback for the Comprehensive Plan 2040, Blueprint Denver and Game Plan for a Healthy City is due by February 27th. You may access a feedback form online.  The Denver Moves: Transit and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails plans do not require council approval and therefore are being finalized in the next several weeks.