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A second public workshop will give  stakeholders the chance to comment on the draft chapters and provide additional input on the guidelines in development.


Design Guidelines Public Workshop #2

March 26
6 p.m.
East High School
1600 City Park Esplanade


For additional information on the project and more opportunities for public input, visit our website.

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Citywide Landmark Design Guidelines Project: What's New
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Last month, more than 100 landmark and historic district property owners and stakeholders attended the first public workshop on the planned update to the citywide landmark design review guidelines, hosted by Denver's Community Planning and Development Department and the Landmark Preservation Commission.

Held on Monday, Dec. 9, the workshop offered attendees the opportunity to weigh in on the effort to modernize the process by which we preserve, protect and enhance our city's treasured buildings and neighborhoods. Attendees offered comments on the project as a whole as well as specific subject areas that will be covered by the guidelines including windows, retaining walls, additions and new infill construction. A review of the workshop and summary of participant comments has been compiled and posted on the landmark design guidelines page of the city website and is available for download here (PDF).
To download the results of the workshop exercises, click on each topic below:
The citywide design guidelines are used to review new builds and/or proposed changes on the site of locally designated Denver landmarks and within the boundaries of designated historic districts. They ensure that a proposed project preserves key historic features and is compatible with the character of designated historic buildings, sites and districts. Updated guidelines will  outline a "how to" approach and will provide easy-to-follow charts and graphs so that property owners and design professionals can more easily navigate through the design review and permitting process.
Preview the New Guidelines
Those interested in getting a peek at a draft of the new design review guidelines may attend a presentation of the first two draft chapters to the Landmark Preservation Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting.

Landmark Preservation Commission
Tuesday, February 4 at 1 p.m.
Wellington Webb Municipal Building, Room 4F 
201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
About Us
Landmark Preservation is an important function of the Department of Community Planning and Development. Denver City Council enacted the Denver Landmark Ordinance in 1967 to foster the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of structures and districts of historical, architectural and/or geographic significance.


Landmark Preservation staff and two landmark boards carry out that mission through design review, historic surveys and landmark designations. Staff also assists owners of historic properties by providing guidance and resources for preserving, maintaining and rehabilitating historic buildings and properties. You can learn more about Denver's Landmark Preservation efforts on our website and follow us on Twitter at @DenverCPD.

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