Councilman Chris Nevitt – District #7 (S. Denver) – Chris, much like Rick Garcia in District #1, has experienced a recent downzoning in his District. West Washington Park was recently downzoned earlier this year and Councilman Nevitt actually brought the application forward as a legislative process. He is a strong believer in Blueprint Denver and feels the new code is the solution to many of our city’s issues with neighborhoods and redevelopment. He stated that people around the country are watching Denver with our Zoning Code Update process and urged public participation. The most popular neighborhoods in District #7 include West Washington Park, Platt Park, Baker, Ruby Hill, Rosedale and Overland.
Councilwoman Carla Madison – District #8 (Downtown and E. Central Denver) – Carla’s district has seen a few zoning changes this past year and is looking forward to correcting some of the mismatches she sees in her area. Carla is a member of the Zoning Code Task Force and is looking forward to the code being more easily understood by the public. She thinks the new system will allow for that. A new investor is close to securing the Holly Square shopping center that burned down last year, bringing in new life that part of the community. A few of the most popular neighborhoods in District #8 include Park Hill, City Park, Five Points, Curtis Park, Cole and Whittier.
Councilwoman Judy Montero – District #9 (Central/North Denver) – Judy is proud that her district is the most diverse community in the city economically, and in the residential vs. commercial/business ratio. They have seen tremendous growth in the past few years. They are the hub of the entire city holding the center of our mass transit system (Denver Union Station, FasTracks), and she is our expert in TOD (Transit Oriented Development) having the most transit stations and TOD opportunities in her district. She boasts that her district has the most coveted view of the city and mountains. A few of the most popular neighborhoods in District #9 include Riverfront Park, LoDo, Baker, Sunnyside, Union Station and Globeville.
Councilwoman Jeanne Robb – District #10 (Central Denver) –– Unfortunately, Jeanne was the only council person unable to attend as she was on vacation. Her Aide, Caitlin Quander, spoke about looking forward to interacting with the neighborhood and the new zoning code to educate and inform the public on the upcoming changes. A few of the most popular neighborhood names in District #10 include Cherry Creek, Country Club, Capitol Hill, Congress Park and the Golden Triangle.
Councilman Michael Hancock – District #11 (NE Denver and DIA) – Michael holds one of the other Denver neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures (Montebello and Greenvalley Ranch) and sees good things happening in terms of the economic recovery in his district. DIA is the greatest economic hub for our city and the Race Track possibility in his district represent another economic opportunity. Michael spends much of his time attracting businesses to locate to Denver. A few of the most popular neighborhoods in District #11 are Stapleton, Montebello, Gateway, Northeast Park Hill and Green Valley Ranch.
A key theme throughout the afternoon from our City Council Members was that we all need to be educated and help our residents be informed and educated. We have a job together. Council’s doors are open and they welcome not only our support but our concerns.
I encourage everyone to check out your City Council District website by clicking on their names, and in reading through each website as I prepared this, I saw a lot of fun things going on in our communities. As we move into the spring and summer, we have great things happening in our amazing city, go check them out.
This article is written as my interpretation and not a reflection or voice of Denver Board of Realtors.