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.

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. 

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Meeting: 3/15/19 at 1:30 PM

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Private Label Distillery LLC – Permanent Colorado Liquor Sales Room – 2500 E. 1st Avenue, Denver, CO

Please be advised that an application for a Colorado Liquor Sales Room Permit has been filed with the state liquor licensing authority for an establishment in your neighborhood. Please review the attached documents for information regarding this application.

Pursuant to a state law passed in 2015, a Colorado Liquor Sales Room Permit allows a licensed winery, distillery, or brewery to operate a Sales Room for the sale or service of their alcoholic beverages for on-premises or off-premises (packaged) consumption. Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, as the local liquor licensing authority, may solicit public input regarding this permit’s impact on “traffic, noise, or other neighborhood concerns” and other factors listed on the attached application form.

Please provide any public input regarding this application within twenty (20) days via email to:

Ashley Kilroy, Executive Director, Denver Department of Excise and Licenses, Ashley.Kilroy@denvergov.org
EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org
CAOExciseandLicense@denvergov.org

Development Growth in Cherry Creek

by Councilman Wayne New, District 10

Viewing the incredible development growth in the Cherry Creek area is truly amazing. So far, 12 development proj- ects have been completed (see full list at www.countryclubhistoric.org). As an ex- ample, Columbine Street has been trans- formed with the new Halcyon Hotel, the luxury condos at 250 Columbine, and the new restaurants and retail stores. The new Restoration Hardware at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center is only the third branded store of its type in the nation. New apartment projects have been com- pleted, bringing in more customers for the Cherry Creek BID and Shopping Center businesses.

In process of development, there are seven total projects with two additional hotels, four apartment buildings, and two office structures. In the plan- ning stage is the largest project – the re- development of the Sears/Whole Foods property between 1st and 2nd Avenues on University with an expanded Whole Foods, apartment buildings, office space, and a new Columbine Street connection between 1st and 2nd Avenues. In addition, future planned projects indicate more residential growth with one condominium and two apartment projects and additional office space. Additional unde- fined projects are on the drawing board. To residents who are concerned about traffic congestion and demands for more parking, keep this in mind: when the CCN BID zoning was com pleted, the professional parking and traf- fic analyses funded by the CCNNA and CCH neighborhoods indicated that if the total BID future development was at least 50% residential, then the onsite building parking and resulting traffic could be managed. Presently, this report indicates that over 50% of the develop- ment is residential. The area of concern is still the BID west side at Josephine and University with its traffic light timing, one way and minimal lane streets, and development activity.

Working together, efforts can be made to minimize the congestion, cut- through traffic, and on street parking limiitations in order to enjoy the new retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

 

Cherry Creek Area Development Overview

Location

Type

Developer

Status

Expected Completion/ Begin Construction

Coda (100 Steel Street)

Apartments

Zocola Development

In Process

4th Qtr 2016

Moxy by Marriottt Hotel (240 Josephine St.)

Hotel

BMC Investments

In Process

Spring 2017

Alexan Cherry Creek (55 Cook Street)

Apartments

Trammel Crow

In Process

Fall 2017

Autograph by Marriott (222 Milwaukee St.)

Hotel

Stonebridge

In Process

1st Qtr 2018

Gables Phases 2 & 3 (360 S. Monroe St.)

Apartments

Gables Residential

In Process

Spring 2018

CIVICA (250 Fillmore St.)

Office

Schnitzer West

In Process

Spring 2018

210 St. Paul Street

Apartments

BMC Investments

In Process

Spring 2018

Sie Foundation (3239 E. 2nd Ave.)

Office / Resid

Sie Foundation

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

155 Steele Street

Condo

Pauls Corp

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

3000 E. 3rd Avenue

Apartments

BMC Investments

Plans Complete

Begin 2017?

235 Fillmore Street

Undecided

Western Development

Planning Underway

Begin 2017?

Sears/Whole Foods

Retail/Apts

Oliver Macmillan

Planning Underway

Begin 2018?

Source: Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, as of 10/16