District 10 Priorities
In 2018, I will be focusing my efforts on the following priorities to enhance and improve our district:
- Traffic Calming, Traffic Light Evaluation, and Speed Limit Reductions – Implementing traffic improvements and speed limit study findings in key residential areas.
- Pedestrian Safety – Improve intersection crosswalk markings to give greater visibility and protection for pedestrians at busy neighborhood intersections.
- Sidewalk Repair Evaluation – Participate in the first regional sidewalk repair evaluation to identify sidewalks with significant repair and replacement needs.
- Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI) – Continue to define NPI improvements for Colfax Avenue while preserving the character of the six surrounding neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Cheeseman Park, Congress Park, City Park, West City Park, and North Capitol Hill.
- 1st Avenue Complete Street Project – Complete the project’s design study and identify implementation funding.
- 5280 Loop and Golden Triangle – Assist the Downtown Denver Partnership in the implementation of the 5280 Bike Loop within the Golden Triangle area.
- District 6 Police Station Replacement – Begin the Police Department planning of the replacement of the District 6 Police Station with GO Bond funding.
- Golden Triangle General Improvement District (GID) – Educate and engage the community to gain approval for a GID in the Golden Triangle neighborhoo
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Wayne News Nov Letter
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East Central Planning Initiative Survey
The East Central Neighborhood Planning Initiative continues to make progress in discussing future improvements for six neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, Cheeseman Park, Congress Park, City Park, West City Park, and North Capitol Hill) and Colfax Avenue from Broadway to Colorado Boulevard. The planning group is surveying residents on their likes and dislikes on this geographic area and for any recommendations on needed community amenities, street improvements, and other issues.
And much more
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In 2016, Denver initiated a strategic planning processes that is addressing four essential city responsibilities – Blueprint Denver (land use); Parks; Transit; and Pedestrians & Trails. In a presentation to City Council, the first projections on future city and regional growth were illustrated by one of the diagrams listed below. Population estimates from the State Demography Office indicated an increase in Denver from 682,500 residents in 2015 to 812,000 residents in 2040 and an increase in the region from 3,181,000 in 2015 to 4,355,000 residents in 2040. In addition to the significant growth, the population distribution in the region, including Denver, would change. The percentage of the regional population associated with Denver would decline from 21% to 19%.
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Neighborhood Planning Initiative (NPI)
Denver’s Neighborhood Planning Initiative is a new long-term commitment to ensure every corner of the city can enjoy the benefits of an area plan. In order to provide new and updated neighborhood area plans over the next 10 to 14 years, neighborhoods are being grouped together. As an example, six neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, North Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, West City Park and City Park) along with Colfax Avenue will combine to form the East Central planning area. Residents, neighborhood groups, and community leaders will participate in this important planning effort.
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Short term rentals (STRs) are found in all parts of Denver with a noticeably heavy concentration of them in the central neighborhoods of District 10. Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park and Congress Park have the most STRs, but STR opportunities exist in almost all District 10 neighborhoods.On June 12, 2016, after two years of discussion, Denver City Council approved a measure to allow STR’s only in primary residences. The rules took effect on July 1st and gave hosts until December 31, 2016 to obtain a business license with the city, pay the city’s 10.75% Lodger’s Tax and come into compliance with the new regulations. Enforcement of the new law began on January 1, 2017.
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District 10 City Council 2016 Report
2016 has been a busy and productive year throughout the City and especially in District 10. City Council has addressed many important City issues, such as new marijuana regulations, the short term rental program, storm water drainage project and fees implementation, affordable housing funding, and Citywide strategic planning processes onland use, transit / transportation / mobility, parks, and recreational resources – all of which impact our district.
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Below is a comparison of the 2016 and the proposed 2017 General Fund budgets. The revised 2016 budget is slightly modified due to unanticipated expenses, such as the additional personnel required for the building permitting process. City Council has been meeting and reviewing various City department budget requests and will have the opportunity to present additional funding requests for specific issues to the Mayor on October 4th. The budget will be finalized and approved by City Council in November.
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Earlier this month, the sunflowers at the corner of 12th and Elizabeth were ordered to be cut down to comply with city regulations requiring clear sight lines and sidewalks and a maximum vegetation height of 30″. Councilman New worked with Neighborhood Inspection Services (NIS) to find a comprise allowing the majority of sunflowers to stay while opening up the sight lines for vehicle and pedestrian safety. Many thanks to Jose Viveros, NIS Executive Director, for his assistance and support.
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