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Mayor's Design Awards
Cherry Creek zoning
Denver to adopt 2015 I-Codes
IECC 2015 Forum
New web features
Golden Triangle plan
Job opening: Building official
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Mayor's Design Awards honors 15 projects for design, placemaking
Pencil coal stack On November 13, Mayor Michael B. Hancock awarded 15 projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making at the 2014 Mayor's Design Awards.

"This year's winning projects are great examples of what makes Denver a unique and vibrant city," Mayor Hancock said. 

Since 2005, the awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. Winners range from public street art to adaptive reuse of historic structures to tactical urbanism to new community gathering places. Each brings something special to Denver's unique visual fabric and speaks to our collective commitment to building healthy, sustainable communities. View all the winning projects.
City Council approves new zoning for Cherry Creek to enhance its live-work-play nature
cherry creek north fillmore On October 27, Denver City Council voted unanimously to adopt new zoning for Cherry Creek's mixed-use district. The new, custom zoning was developed over more than a year by an all-volunteer technical task force.

"The technical task force was awesome," District 10 Councilwoman Jeanne Robb said at the public hearing. "If there wasn't consensus, it didn't happen."

At the council meeting, representatives of the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District, the Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance, the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association and Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods spoke in support of the new zoning. (Watch a video of the public hearing.)

While the zoning process is now complete, there are many other projects at play in the district beyond zoning. They include projects to improve area transit, transportation and parking by Denver Public Works, Denver Parks and Recreation, RTD, the Cherry Creek North BID and the Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance.

Learn more about the zoning at DenverGov.org/CherryCreek.
Denver to adopt 2015 international codes
Next year Denver will adopt the 2015 international codes for building and fire safety, bringing Denver regulations in line with the latest building safety standards worldwide. As part of code adoption, city officials are kicking off a public engagement process to identify any potential Denver-specific amendments to the codes. (It's common for municipalities to amend the international codes to address climate, clarity or cost.)
international code council
For more on how to propose an amendment, or what to expect if you're planning a project in Denver, visit DenverGov.org/buildingcode.

IECC 2015 Energy Codes Forum
Denver is hosting a free forum for builders, design professionals, homeowners & others to learn about the requirements of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in advance of Denver's upcoming move to the 2015 set of international codes. 

IECC 2015 Energy Codes Forum (view flyer)
December 3, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
200 W. 14th Ave, Denver, 80204 - Grand Mesa Ballroom
CPD website changes make searching for plans, rezoning information easier
Add a description In response to community feedback, Community Planning and Development has made changes to its website, DenverGov.org/CPD, to better communicate important information about plans and proposed rezonings.

The Completed Plans page now allows you to search for completed plans by location, neighborhood or plan name. All current plans maintained by Community Planning and Development are now available online. Try entering your home address in our new map to find out what area plans or studies may apply to your area.

The Rezoning page has been reconfigured to better present information on proposed changes to the city's zoning map. Here you can find a link to proposed rezonings and information about the rezoning process for applicants and neighbors.

Denver adopts "bold" Golden Triangle plan 

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Rendering from the Golden Triangle plan
On November 10 at a public hearing, the Denver City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Plan (PDF). Calling it a bold and exciting plan for the future of this area, council members lauded the collaborative nature of the planning process. (Watch a video of the public hearing.)

Input from Golden Triangle residents, business owners, landowners, workers and others led to a plan that lays the framework for an eclectic, connected, creative and livable Golden Triangle. Learn more at DenverGov.org/GoldenTriangle.

TEDx: Buchanan discusses importance of open space in our urban environment
brad-buchanan-tedx TED showcases important ideas from any discipline and explores how they all connect. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At this fall's TEDXMileHigh event, called Convergence, Denver planning director Brad Buchanan shared his unique perspective on how the convergence of urban and rural places can help overcome sprawl. Watch Brad's TEDx talk here.

Job opening: Denver building official

Interested in helping to build a world-class city? The city of Denver is seeking a building official. We are looking for an excellent communicator with strong leadership skills who wants to be an integral part of a forward-thinking and problem-solving team. Must be willing to embrace and implement new technology and new ways to perform while providing exemplary customer service! View the requirements and more at DenverGov.org/Jobs.

Community Planning and Development (CPD) is hiring additional new team members to support planning, permitting and inspection efforts, to help us meet the demands of a booming population and vibrant economy. Please watch DenverGov.org/Jobs for planning and development job openings as they are posted.


My Favorite Place in Denver: A roundup

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Sound Totem, 17th St.
This summer, in an effort to launch a citywide conversation about placemaking and city-building, Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development asked city residents, "What's your favorite place in Denver? And, more importantly, why?"

From August 18 through September 30, a few thousand joined the conversation via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #favoriteplacedenver or by posting on the social media sites of local news outlets and other local organizations.

Many participants cited history, serenity, activation, open space, culture or Denver's unique city and mountain views in describing their favorite places. Read about themes and see examples of the places people said they love!


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