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
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.  Open to ALL Denver residents.
For INC events and INC committee meetings, please visit

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
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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 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.

In The Know

– Pura Vida Fitness and Spa will officially close at the end of February.

– Dior: From Paris to the World, Denver Art Museum, ends March 3rd

– Fridays and Saturdays – Free Wine Tastings at The Vineyard Wine Shop (261 Fillmore Street) from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

– Stop by The Brass Bed’s 42nd Annual March Storewide Sale (3113 E 3rd Ave)

– Artist Philllip Anthony with be at Fascination Street Fine Arts March 15th (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and March 16th (11:00 am to 4:00 pm)

– The 15th annual Denver Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 22 – March 3. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45.

– Stop by The Brass Bed’s 42nd Annual March Storewide Sale (3113 E 3rd Ave)

6th Avenue Learning

Take a class in the neighborhood! All in walking distance from your home, the following take place from 6th & Corona to 6th & Milwaukee:

MoonDance Botanicals – Reiki, soap-making, and herbals

Denver School of Photography – Digital photography, Photoshop or Lightroom

Trouts Fly Fishing – Casting, tying flies, or a trip out on the water.

Novo Coffee – Brewing, steaming and seed-to cup with your local barista.

The Truffle Cheese Shop – Buratta making or pairing cheese with beer or cider.

Apothecary Tinctura – Wellness, meditation, aromatherapy, herbalism and accupuncture.

Denver Divers – Swim and diving lessons, first aid and rescue.

Swarms Are Coming

Our beautiful neighborhood is a hotbed for swarming bees in the late Spring due to the plentiful gardens and trees. In April, May or early June, you might see a swarm take residence in a nearby tree or other temporary home.

Bees swarm when there are too many bees in the hive. The queen leaves with half of the hive bees, allowing another queen to take residence. The swarm heads for a temporary spot to rest while the scout bees seek a more permanent home, such as inside a rotted out tree.

There is nothing to fear. Bees are in a pretty docile mood when they are swarming. However, do not consider moving them, and do not spray them with anything. You don’t want to anger them, and do not want to kill these precious insects. Instead, call the Bee Swarm Hotline at 1-844-SPY-BEES and someone will come to remove the bees. They will find the lot a good home with a beekeeper, allowing them to have a better chance of making it through the next winter.

To learn more about bees and beekeeping, visit or take a class at the Botanic Gardens or To Bee or Not to Bee in Littleton.

Focus on 556 Circle Drive: East Coast Colonial Architecture

In November 1928, on the day after Herbert Hoover was elected President, the Fontius family (of Denver’s Fontius Shoe Co.) moved into their new home at 556 Circle Drive. The house was designed by notable local architect Lester Varian. In hopes of creating a “real” colonial home in Denver, Varian and the family consulted with esteemed Boston firm Cram and Ferguson who designed many prominent residential, university and church buildings on the east coast. The colonial style is evident in the tall chimneys, brick laid in Flemish bond, window frames set flush with the brick and a mantel copied from a house in Salem, Massachusetts. One of the most distinct elements of this home is the semicircular portico over the front door.
Harry and Helen Fontius lived in the house for many decades and raised their two children, Jean and Harry Jr., in the home. As business and community leaders, the Fontius’s entertained frequently and hosted many other familiar names in Denver such as the Jonas Fur family. They also held annual events for Colorado College. Additionally, they hosted their daughter Jean’s wedding in the side yard.
John and Mona Ferrugia are just the fifth owners of this neighborhood gem and have called it home since moving to Denver from Washington, DC in 1989. Though they have remodeled the house over the years to adapt to today’s family life, the Ferrrugias embrace and enjoy the history of their home and have kept many of the architectural elements in tact. They also carry on Mrs. Fontius’s decades-long tradition of hanging the U.S. flag over that beautiful portico.

New City Construction Requirements Being Implemented

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

Over the past several months Councilman Wayne New and neighborhood and business leaders have been working with City Department of Public Works to implement new and revised construction management policy and practice improvements. These citywide regulations should mitigate the undesirable construction project impacts experienced by neighbors and retailers. On January 24th a final review of these regulatory changes will be conducted with discussion on the following issues:

Construction Worker Parking Plans – All new construction projects will have to provide defined parking plans for all construction workers before project right of way permits can be approved.  These plans are to define locations outside of neighborhood and business on-street parking areas to be used by workers.

Street and Sidewalk Closures – Closure timing and approvals will be regulated more effectively, and enforcement will be strengthened.  A new inconvenience fee that is utilized in many cities for excessive closures will be addressed.

Infrastructure Repairs – The repair cost of damage to streets, sidewalks, and streetscape from construction will be responsibility of the construction project. Construction bonds are required by the City for construction projects. These funds are meant to be used for infrastructure repairs but have not be used in the past.  This repair cost on construction projects will no longer be funded by City taxpayers but by bond funds.  Repairs are also to be made to meet pre-construction existing conditions.

Sidewalk Canopies – Present sidewalk canopy requirements to protect pedestrians along construction sites will be more strictly utilized and enforced.

Parking Enforcement – Many current construction related regulations have not been effective due the lack of City Enforcement staff.  Even though Enforcement staff has improved recently, enforcement activities will need to be closely monitored.  An inconvenience fee for lack of regulation compliance will be discussed.

Construction Communications and Review – Monthly meetings have begun by Public Works and business leaders to discuss planned and ongoing construction activities to better manage projects and to reduce their impacts on residents and businesses.

Intersection and Alley Signage – At many neighborhood alleys and major intersections the City has not placed signage to instruct parkers on how close to an alley or intersection entrance is allowed.  This distance is important to allow safe sight lines for drivers entering or exiting an alley or intersection. This signage is now available for instruction upon request.

Construction Signage – Many times construction signage for sidewalk and street closures are not removed on a timely basis.  The removal by City Right of Way is now being enforced.

Construction Hours – The present construction hour regulations allow weekday construction from 7 AM to 9 PM and on weekends 8 AM to 5 PM.  These hours have not be strictly enforced in the past but will be in the future.  A change in weekday hours is being considered.

Parking District Development – Parking districts have been formed in many city business areas to enhance parking management, especially related to parking meters and restricted neighborhood parking.  The formation of such a district is presently being considered by the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District.

These ten construction project regulations and improvement issues will make a difference in residential quality of life and retail customer support. Since the lack of enforcement has been one of the primary causes of construction difficulties, the formation of a parking district will be important so enforcement can be managed more effectively on a local level. 

Some of these improvements are being respected and implemented by developers and Public Works now. These should especially have a positive effect on the 2019 anticipated beginning of the Clayton / Whole Foods development.  If some of the improvement recommendations are not supported for implementation by City Administration, a City Council ordinance will be developed by CM New and several other supportive City Council members. A follow-up report will be communicated in the near future. 

Learn About Residential Building and Zoning Codes

Denver Community Planning and Development is hosting TWO upcoming events for homeowners and residential contractors – one this Sunday at the Garden and Home Show and a second in March at the Decker Public Library. These forums are great places to send residents who have zoning questions, want to learn more about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or other home projects, or have questions about permits or contractors. Each event will include a presentation from our code experts and ample opportunity for Q&A.

Please share the two dates below with your residents and neighbors, in newsletters, and on social. Graphics are attached.

Links to Facebook events: February 17 | March 26

Denver Community Planning and Development invites you to learn about residential zoning and building codes

Join Denver’s residential code experts at the Garden and Home Show this Sunday, or at the Decker Public Library in March, for a presentation on Denver’s residential building and zoning codes. We’ll discuss the basics of pulling permits, hiring contractors or doing-it-yourself, and codes to consider when planning for common home projects, from fences to remodels to building a backyard cottage (an “accessory dwelling unit” or ADU). Your questions are important! We’ll have ample time for Q&A.

4 p.m., Sunday, February 17

Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center (look for the theater at the end of aisle 1200)

700 14th St., Denver

Visit for show hours and prices.


6 p.m., Tuesday, March 26

Decker Public Library

1501 S. Logan St., Denver

Thank you,

Laura Swartz | Development Services Communications

Community Planning and Development | City and County of Denver

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