If you have been watching the local news in the last week, you are probably aware of a fast one developers pulled on the residents of the Platt Park neighborhood. This is the Denver neighborhood adjacent to the former Gates Rubber Company on South Broadway. The developer, their zoning consultant, lobbyist, and attorneys all pressured a rezoning to transform this “blighted” area. Though many topics were discussed, the clever personnel hired by the development group were careful in how they documented and spun the negotiations with stakeholders. Sound familiar? In the end, the rezoning that was approved has a height limit twice as high what was “discussed.” Despite that the neighborhood had been led to beleive the developer had commited to the reduced height.
Fortunately, when faced with similar situations, Jefferson Park has been successful in reading between the lines and insisting that language actually reflect the intent of negotiations and agreements. Keep up the good work JPUN members! When possible, getting the right zoning and agreements prior to development is the best option for the neighborhood and all stakeholders.
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