The Denver Country Club was the setting and it was spectacular. We couldn’t have hoped for a better day, almost every City Council Member was in attendance and someone from every staff was there. We had a record number of REALTORS ® and a great lunch, which was a topic of conversation from the Council Members. Even though we were at the Denver Country Club, we were being conscious of the economy, we had scintillating sandwiches which replaced the prime rib of past years. During the past few years one of the hot topics within the Denver Board of Realtors (DBR) Government Affairs Committee has been property rights and down zoning. REALTORS ® are excited by Council’s response to continue this long standing luncheon and an open line of communication and relationship.
Most Council Members touched on the Zoning changes in their districts recognizing that almost every home will have a zoning or context change. I will add that not “every single home” will change, there are many neighborhoods, i.e., PUDs (Planned Unit Developments) that will not be affected, such as, the River Front Park neighborhood. Each council member had a hot topic and I will just give my brief interpretation and a link to each Council Member’s website. If you would like to know more about what is happening, I encourage you to subscribe to their newsletters or call the office for more information and they all welcome the public involvement.
Councilwoman Carol Boigon – At-Large– Carol takes all of the zoning changes to heart and her concerns are that everyone attends a district meeting to learn about the changes and voice opinions. She has been working diligently on a recent zoning change to allow assisted living facilities in more zone districts. Carol represents the entire city and focuses on areas like Colfax and issues dealing with people of all ages (i.e. child care).
Councilman Doug Linkhart – At-Large – Doug explained how he explained that the new code went from an “update” to an overhaul. A large project in his office is taking the “I” out of DIA, they are thinking big and unconventional. Specifically he wanted to share an idea to put an interactive “touch screen” at DIA! What?! This would be used to link people to our city by simply touching a screen to find out information as they pass through the airport or make a stop in our city. It would potentially include a place for ads for businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions, and even realtor information. You can follow Councilmember At-Large Linkhart on twitter here.
Individual Councilperson updates coming tomorrow…
This article is written as my interpretation and not a reflection or voice of Denver Board of Realtors.