The Importance of Persistance and Follow-up

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.

To read the new article regarding this issue, follow the link below.

Platt Park Zoning Fight

One response to “The Importance of Persistance and Follow-up

  1. Persistance and Followup — I couldn’t agree more. In fact, the most important phase of Jefferson Park neighborhood planning is only now beginning — the zoning update (plan implementation). If you have been discouraged by recent events, it is time to get over it! Participation is more important now than ever before.

    Unless and until zoning regulations are in place to implement neighborhood plans, there will be no certainty regarding future land use and development in Jefferson Park. The City-hired consultant team (Code Studios of Austin, Texas) is working on the City of Denver Zoning Update. Lee Einsweiller of Code Studios will be highlighting proposed zoning changes affecting Jefferson Park and other neighborhoods at a meeting in the Convention Center on August 22 (4:30 to 6PM) — zoning changes needed to achieve neighborhood vsions. See notice of meeting time and place below:

    The Zoning Code Task Force and Denver Community Planning and Development Department are hosting a series of community briefings in August to:

    – Report on the Zoning Code Update progress to date
    – Present the proposed new zoning approach to protecting established neighborhood character in Denver’s areas of stability
    – Present an overview of the revised Zoning Code’s structure and content, highlighting proposed major changes and revisions
    – Please attend the session most convenient for you.

    Date Time Place
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 4:30 – 6:00 pm Central Denver – Colorado Convention Center (3rd Floor), 700 14th Street, Denver

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 pm Southeast Denver – Kirk of Bonne Brae, 1201 S. Steele Street, Denver

    Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 pm Southwest Denver – Barnum Recreation Center, 360 Hooker Street, Denver

    Wednesday, August 29, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 pm Northwest Denver – Lake Middle School, 1820 Lowell Blvd., Denver.

    Thursday, August 30, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 pm Northeast Denver – To Be Determined And Posted On http://www.DenverGov.Org/ZoningCodeUpdate

    Background:

    The Zoning Code Update is making steady progress in the effort to bring Denver’s current regulations into closer alignment with desired development patterns envisioned in adopted plans such as the Denver Comprehensive Plan 2000 and Blueprint Denver. Early accomplishments include the launch of a web-enabled zoning map that provides customers and city staff with more convenient, efficient, and accurate access to information. (Visit http://www.denvergov.org and select “Denver Maps,” then “Property,” then “Zoning,” and enter a property address.) Other accomplishments include completion of a “Diagnostic Report” that comprehensively evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Denver’s existing Zoning Code, and an “Annotated Outline” that summarizes the revised code’s new organization and describes major changes and recommended revisions. Learn more at: http://www.DenverGov.Org/ZoningCodeUpdate

    Julius Zsako
    Communications Director
    Denver Community Planning and Development
    201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept 205
    Denver, CO 80202
    720-865-2969
    julius.zsako@ci.denver.co.us

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