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Planning & Development Updates
PCD Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2022

Discussion of Expanding Affordable Housing      
Analiese Hock, Principal City Planner, outlined the proposed Expanding Housing Affordability effort that the City is considering. Housing is increasingly unaffordable for many, especially in the $37,000- $64,000 range, where paying for housing has consumed increasing percentages of household income over the past decade.  When housing becomes unaffordable, it stunts economic growth by restricting the workforce, aggravating inequality, and forces long commutes for workers. This proposal is summarized here.

This is worth clicking on and perusing. All new development in the city, from residential to commercial, will either provide more affordable housing OR pay a linkage fee that would provide funds to the city’s Affordable Housing Fund. Those fees would increase soon. New residential development of 10 units or more must designate 8-15% of new units as affordable. Incentives to create more affordable housing may include reduced parking requirements, increased height allowances, and permit fee reductions.

The first draft of this proposal rolled out last year and was revised based on input from community groups. Input is still welcome through March 14. The legislative review process, including public hearings before the Planning Board and City Council, goes from April to June and City Council will consider the proposal for adoption in June, 2022. See the city’s website for more details.
  
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval     
Council District 1 and Neighborhood Planning updates
  • Redistricting: Councilwoman Sandoval is Chair of the redistricting Committee. Redistricting may affect the borders of District 1 near/in this neighborhood. Please pay close attention and weigh in on the process! More here.
  • Board of Adjustment Modernization: Councilwoman Sandoval and at large Councilwoman Robin Kneich have passed Phase 1 of the Board of Adjustment Modernization (the Board of Adjustment has not been updated since 1956).
  • ADUs: Naomi Grunditz of the Council District 1 office is now on the ADU Task Force and CW Sandoval advocated for this project since leading neighborhood-wide ADU rezonings in District 1. Are you interested in building an ADU or just want to learn more about their rules and regulations? Join District 1 on March 25th to have your questions answered. They’ll also be discussing the possible changes coming to ADUs in Denver project led by the planning department. bit.ly/ask-a-planner. For more about ADUs, click here.
  • Advancing Equity in Rezoning CM Sandoval has been advocating for this update since taking office in July 2019 and is a council representative on the steering committee. More information here.
  • The Near Northwest Area Plan is in the second phase of outreach which involves focused community and topic-specific meetings. This is a great time to get involved. Click here for more information. 
2801 W 33rd Avenue—2nd review of proposed ADU on carriage lot
During a January review of this LPC application for an infill ADU/garage in the northeast corner of the carriage lot, the committee requested that the designer redesign and simplify the roof lines and fenestration to blend in better with the neighborhood’s historic character. The designer did make changes and the committee will recommend approval to the LPC.
 
2115-2119 W 29th Avenue—discussion of proposed rezoning (G-MU-3 to U-MS-3)
Ted Schultz, the architect for this project, appeared again (previous appearances in December 2020, September 2021, and December 2021) for a 3 story residential/retail property that would need a zoning change. The committee has requested that PUD-G zoning be considered to provide the neighborhood with protection of this important site in the event that the current Owner and architect do not complete the redevelopment. The applicant has not agreed to this at this time.
 
Next meeting: April 12, 2022, 7 pm
Highland Specific Planning
The city is holding topic conversations in March, and neighborhood specific workshops and roundtables in May. The plans will guide budgeting and planning for the next 10 years, so it is worth your time to participate.
HUNI Events
Neighborhood Cleanup
March 19, 9 am - 10 am
Contact Patrick by email if you want to participate.
HUNI Hour
March 29, 5:30-7 pm
Leevers Locavore, 2630 W 38th Ave
Annual Meeting
April 18, 6:30-8
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