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At-home produce sales
Cherry Creek zoning
Solar made easier
Registered neighborhoods
Denver Days
Energy advising
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Proposal would allow at-home sales of garden veggies 
heirloom tomatoes
A proposed amendment to the Denver Zoning Code would allow Denver residents to sell home-grown produce and some "cottage foods" at their residences, directly to consumers.
Councilwoman Robin Kniech, in collaboration with the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council and LiveWell Denver, has proposed the change, with the intent of expanding access to healthy, affordable foods.

The proposed zoning change would allow at-home sales of:
  • Raw, uncut fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, grown in an on-site garden or community garden.
  • Whole eggs produced by chickens or ducks owned and kept by the individual at the home.
  • Cottage foods, which include non-potentially hazardous, unrefrigerated food products made on-site such as spices, teas, honey, jams, and certain baked goods, as defined in the Colorado Cottage Food Act.

NO marijuana or marijuana products are allowed. As proposed, sales would be allowed from 7 a.m. to dusk, indoors or outdoors, with one small window or wall sign allowed. 


The amendment would help the city implement policy objectives to increase residents' access to healthy foods, reduce obesity rates, and increase opportunities for self-sufficiency. City planners will present the proposed amendment to the Denver Planning Board on May 7. Learn more at the Denver Community Planning and Development website 

Task force closes in on Cherry Creek zoning 
rendering of possibilities for 3rd ave Cherry Creek
A rendering of possibilities for the south side of 3rd Avenue in Cherry Creek

An all-volunteer technical task force made up of Cherry Creek residents, business owners, developers, architects and other stakeholders has been working diligently since August 2013 on new zoning for the Cherry Creek mixed-use district.

After eight months and hundreds of hours of analysis, debate, collaboration and consensus, the group held its final meeting on April 22. City planners expect to release an executive summary of the group's zoning recommendations in the coming weeks.

A modern and customized approach to zoning can enhance Cherry Creek's enduring identity as a vibrant and sustainable neighborhood and shopping destination. The task force's goals include enhancing the live/work/play nature of Cherry Creek; enhancing its walkable, pedestrian-oriented features; and preserving and encouraging beloved features like sunlight, smaller-scale properties and the charming atmosphere of 3rd Avenue.

To learn more about the Cherry Creek district zoning process and view all the documents the task force has seen or created, visit www.DenverGov.org/CherryCreek.
Here comes the sun:
Solar made easier
flush-mounted solar
In 2012, Denver was named Colorado's first solar-friendly community based on its streamlined permitting, inspection and educational practices. Now, we've made solar even easier. 

As of April 2014, a zoning permit is no longer required for any flush-mounted solar PV panels that meet the definition under the Denver Zoning Code, section 13.3. For more, visit our project page on solar panels.
Denver CPD brings on two deputies

Two new deputy directors will join Denver Community Planning and Development on April 28, bringing extensive expertise to bolster and enhance the city's planning and development services to meet the needs of our growing city and recovering economy. 

Evelyn Baker joins Denver Community Planning and Development from Lakewood, where she was manager of the city's Planning-Development Assistance division. In that role she co-managed the update of Lakewood's zoning ordinance to be more effective, user-friendly and predictable, yet flexible. Evelyn returns to CPD after originally moving to Denver in 2006 to join CPD as a planner, developing rail station area plans in conjunction with RTD FasTracks. Prior to that, Evelyn managed the Transportation for Livable Communities grants program with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission of the nine-county San Francisco Bay area.

Jill Jennings Golich was formerly campus planner for the Auraria Higher Education Center, where she co-authored the campus master plan update, outlining an urban vision that knits the campus with downtown Denver. Prior to Auraria, Jill worked for the Denver office of Design Workshop, a national firm specializing in design, land-use and real estate consulting services. Earlier in her career, Jill worked in the development services division of CRL Associates, a local consulting firm. Jill enters a newly-created deputy director position to oversee strategic systems and business-process improvement. She will work closely with deputy director Steve Ferris, head of the Development Services division of CPD.  
Neighborhood groups make Denver strong

Denver's 200 registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs) are an important part of the fabric of the city, and play a key role in the ongoing effort to make Denver a great place to live.

Are you represented by an RNO? You can find out by searching your address on our RNO map, which will also provide contact information for your organization, including your RNO's website (if applicable). Contact your local group to find out about issues affecting your neighborhood, and how you can get involved.

Denver Days: Celebrating the spirit of the Mile High City
Denver Days
Mayor Michael B. Hancock at a 2013 Denver Days event. Photo credit: Evan Semon

There's no better time than the summer to get out and enjoy our world-class city! That's why Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock launched "Denver Days," a new citywide summer tradition aimed at creating stronger neighborhoods by fostering community through service projects and neighborhood gatherings annually during the month of August.

The second annual "Denver Days" will take place this summer from August 2-10. During this week, Denver residents are invited to work with their neighbors to work together to host a fun, festive neighborhood gathering or community service project. From community clean-ups to backyard potlucks and block parties, "Denver Days" will provide a unique opportunity to connect neighbors and neighborhoods.

Start organizing your "Denver Days" neighborhood event today. Visit DenverGov.org/denverdays or call 720-865-9082 for more information.

Free energy advising and LED lights
denver energy challenge
If you've been wondering what projects can help you save on energy costs or improve indoor comfort at home, contact a no-cost energy advisor through the City and County of Denver's Denver Energy Challenge program.

The Denver Energy Challenge is a no-cost energy program that has helped more than 7,000 residents save on energy costs and improve home comfort. Need help paying for your projects? The City has money for you, with interest rates starting at 2.75 percent. Denver residents who work with an advisor will receive 3 LED lights (est. value $60). Call 720-865-5520 or visit DenverEnergy.org to learn more.

We're hiring!

Interested in helping to build a world-class city? Watch the City and County of Denver Office of Human Resources website for planning and development job openings as they are posted. 

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